October 27, 2011

Team Garmin-Cervélo today announced it has added Nathan Haas, recent winner of the Japan Cup and the Jayco Herald Sun Tour (where he came away with four jerseys — yellow, green, white and blue), to its 2012 roster.

Team Garmin-Cervélo, dedicated to ethical sport, continues its tradition of developing the next generation of cycling champions with the addition of 22-year-old Haas, and this marks the young rider’s entry into the World Tour ranks. Haas will meet his teammates at their first 2012 training camp in Boulder in November, where he will attend the team’s official presentation to fans at the Boulder Theater on November 17.

“For me, signing with Garmin-Cervélo is a dream come true. To even be considered as part of such an incredible outfit is humbling in itself, and I look forward to the next two years working under some of cycling’ greats with a huge sense of enthusiasm and optimism,” said Haas. “Simply put, to leave my development in Garmin-Cervélo’s hands, I could not be happier.”

A student at Sydney University studying socio-legal studies with a dream of turning pro, Haas rode only part-time for a Tasmanian team prior to joining Garmin-Cervélo, and has been pulling great results for the past few years. The young Australian was second in the 2010 Australian U23 road race national championships and captured fourth in the time trial in the same year. Haas and his coach, Andrew Christie-Johnson, chose Garmin-Cervélo because they firmly believe in the team’s philosophy.

“Garmin-Cervélo is a perfect team for Nathan,” said Christie-Johson. “They develop riders extremely well and I am sure that under the guidance of Jonathan Vaughters and Allan Pieper we will see Nathan flourish over the next few years. It is a perfect match.”

Jonathan Vaughters, CEO of Slipstream Sports and Director Sportif, Team Garmin-Cervélo said: “Nathan has exceptional talent. At such a young age, he is already is one of those unique riders who figures out a way to win, no matter what style or level of race he is competing in. We think this is just the beginning for him, and we’re excited to see how he continues to develop as a rider.” Vaughters also credits newly-appointed Director of Competition, Allan Peiper, with bringing Haas to the team. “Signing Haas is really a credit to Allan, he’s been a great addition in our rider recruitment process.”

Peiper added: “I have been following Nathan for the last couple of months and have been in contact with his coach, Andrew Christie-Johnston. At 22 years old, Nathan won the Sun Tour against seasoned European pros and backed it up with a win in the Japan Cup last weekend. Needless to say we are thrilled he’s made the choice to begin his World Tour career with Garmin-Cervélo and we look forward to helping him continue to develop his great talent.”

Fans will have a chance to meet Haas and the rest of the Garmin-Cervélo squad during a rare evening with riders and staff at the Boulder Theater in Boulder, Colo., on Thursday, November 17, 2011. The event will feature the official presentation and unveiling of the 2012 team, an auction, an open forum Q&A with the riders and a new film about the team, “The Journey to a Dream,” by legendary filmmaker, Nigel Dick. Ticket information is available at www.slipstreamsports.com/gala. Slipstream Sports is dedicated to ethical cycling and developing the next generation of cycling champions, and proceeds from the auction will go to the organization’s under-23 development programs.

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