Hamilton signs with Giant

Joel Peterson | Bendigo Weekly | 02-Sep-2016

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Avanti's Chris Hamilton has signed a three-year professional deal.
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BENDIGO’S Chris Hamilton has translated a brilliant 2016 season into a three-year professional deal with World Tour cycling team Giant-Alpecin for 2017.

Hamilton won the national under-23 championship in January before going on to perform strongly at the Tour Down Under and Herald Sun Tour.

Unfortunately he was involved in a collision with a car and broke his wrist in April, but is now back on the bike riding for the Avanti IsoWhey squad and preparing to make the transition to the World Tour next year.

The 21-year-old was announced as one of two signings by the squad, along with Lennard Hofstede.

“We are very pleased to be signing both Chris and Lennard as we consider them to be very promising young riders with bright futures ahead of them,” Giant-Alpecin’s Marc Reef said.

“Chris is a talented climber who can target general classifications in the future. We will take it step-by-step, giving him the opportunity and space to develop. 

“In that line he will race a broad program to also test himself across different type of races.”

Hamilton said in a statement he was excited to be joining the program, alongside the likes of top pros Warren Barguil, John Degenkolb, Tom Dumoulin and Laurens Ten Dam and fellow Aussie Michael Matthews.

“I am very proud to join team Giant-Alpecin. By signing a long-term agreement the team has shown its confidence in me, giving me a steady base and the support of a very professional structure, allowing me to develop,” he said.

“The opportunities that I will have to grow in stage racing especially attract me.”

Meanwhile, Bendigo will host the 2016 National Junior Road Championships across this weekend.

Starting on Friday with a time trial at Emu Creek and finishing on Sunday with criteriums at Huntly, around 500 of the state’s best under-15 and under-17 cyclists will flock to Bendigo for the annual titles.

The road races will be held in Eaglehawk on Saturday from 8.30am and the criteriums on Sunday from 8.45am.

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