THE career of Bendigo cyclist Alex Evans has taken another giant step forward, with the talented climber inking a contract with BMC Racing Team as a stagiaire.
The 21-year-old has been picked up by the team from his current Mobius BridgeLane outfit, where he has had strong results this season at the Herald Sun Tour and the Tour of Gila.
Evans is in the Netherlands as part of a six-week block of racing with BridgeLane, but will link up with BMC for the remainder of the season. It is a similar deal to the one that Jack Haig inked with the then Orica GreenEDGE squad before signing a full-time contract the following year.
Mobius BridgeLane owner Tom Petty said Evans had shown huge improvement while with the team.
“His performances at the Sun Tour and Gila were not flukes, they are the reality of his talent, hard-work and the learning curve he is on,” he said.
“Since joining the team Alex has continued to consistently produce some really strong numbers. We put a lot of faith in him this year… We almost left him behind on the Lake Mountain stage at the Sun Tour.
“But, he has the right attitude, that day it was, ‘well I can’t let my team down now’ and he didn’t disappoint. It is going to be really exciting to watch him grow with BMC Racing in the coming months.”
Evans will travel to the United States and line up in the BMC colours at the Tour of Utah.