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Brammeier signed by HTC Columbia

Posted 06 October 2010

Ireland has a new Pro Tour rider with the news that the HTC Columbia team has signed National Road Race Champion Matt Brammeier.

The surprise announcement is a huge boost for both Irish cycling and the 25 year old who has been part of the An Post Sean Kelly Team for the past two years.

Brammeier’s performance in instigating a 200 kilometre long break in last weekend’s World Championships in Geelong, Australia is understood to have intensified interest from a number of Pro Tour teams.

His signing is the latest chapter in a remarkable comeback story which has seen the young Liverpudlian return to the top flight of cycling having broken both legs when he was struck by a cement mixer on a winter training ride in 2007.

Brammeier is a former British National U23 Time Trial Champion who was attracted by Cycling Ireland’s High Performance Director Phil Leigh to join the Team Ireland set up and to declare for Ireland.

His success in winning the 2010 Irish National Road Race Championship in Sligo having outsprinted breakaway companion and defending champion Nicolas Roche (AG2R La Mondiale) was his biggest win this season.

“It’s a dream come true to be given such a fabulous opportunity with HTC-Columbia. I am thrilled to be joining the team in 2011,” Brammeier said.

“It’s the best team in the world and it’s a huge honour that they have put their faith in my abilities as a rider.

“I would like to work hard and ride hard and I’m excited that I will be able to improve and learn from the very best.

“It’s been a long and tough road back from the injuries that almost ended my career two years ago but it’s all been worthwhile,” he said.

Brammeier’s extraordinary determination and commitment to rebuilding his cycling career was a key factor in the HTC Columbia team’s decision to sign him, according to Team Manager Rolf Aldag.

“Matt has shown tremendous character coming back so strong after his very bad accident two years ago, being run over by a truck and then winning the Irish National Road title this year,” Aldag remarked.

“He is a real fighter with a lot of talent, with good tactical skills from his track experience, and the right spirit,” he added.

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