Starting from 2018, Canadian rider from Spruce Grove will return to US team once again for the third time. Anderson, 30, previously rode for the US team in 2009 and 2010. While on the second time he rode between 2013 and 2015.
Earlier today, Rally Cycling announced that Canadian Ryan Anderson will return to the US team after riding for Direct Energie for two years.
— Rally Cycling (@Rally_Cycling) November 9, 2017
Anderson, in an official statement on the team’s website, said that he ‘couldn’t be happier’ to rejoin this organization once again.
“The thing that I remember the most about Rally Cycling is the positive attitude throughout the whole organization. Starting with (Managing Director) Charles Aaron, I just remember how good the vibe is between everyone. From staff that are on the road, employees in the office, to all of the riders and partners. Everyone enjoyed spending time together which I think plays a big part in the team’s achievements,” he added.
Jonas Carney, team director, stated that Anderson was “a very valuable part of the team” when he used to ride with other iterations of the Circuit Sport-owned program; first for Kelly Benefit Strategies and then for Optum Pro Cycling.
“When he rode for us in the past he was one of our strongest and most consistent riders,” Carney stated.
“We were happy for him when he got the opportunity to race in Europe. But our program has reached the level where riders like Anderson are now looking to ride for us in order to get that ambitious European race schedule.”
A valuable asset to the team
Rally is now hoping that Anderson’s recent European successes will become a vital and necessary part of the team helping other riders to learn and adjust to the challenges Europe brings and to the peloton as well.
“You can get tossed into all sorts of stuff you take for granted back home,” Anderson added.
“Now you are in a different part of the world trying to work things out in a different language. From banking, to going into a clinic for follow up X-rays after a crash, to setting up a phone, to just going to the store and using the train – some of it’s easy, but some of it really tests you. I can help my teammates through some of this, as can guys like Danny Pate.”
According to Rally’s announcement, Anderson’s new teammates for 2018 include Evan Huffman, Rob Britton, Ty Magner, Robin Carpneter Nigel Ellsay and Kyle Muprhy.
“One of the things I bring to the team is more race experience. I was able to do my first Grand Tour last year and have raced all the cobbled classics. I really hope I can pass on some things that I have learned, and that the younger guys ask questions,” Anderson added.