GIANT Racing Team is continuing its strong connection to the south-west after signing emerging Warrnambool cyclist Eddie Worrall for 2022.
The 17-year-old joins the 12-person team as its Federation University scholarship rider for the 2022 National Road Series.
Under the scholarship Worrall will have access to the Ballarat university's multi-million dollar testing facilities, which will be beneficial for his development.
If the Emmanuel College student also wishes to study Federation University will support him while he chases his goals in the cycling world.
GRT, which was created by Portland's Andrew Lindsey and formally known as Anchor Point, team manager Nick Locandro said Worrall joining was exciting for all parties.
"It's exciting for both Eddie and Giant Racing Team because obviously he's a young talent, he's only 17 and it's quite early in his career," he said.
"We think we have a good program on and off the bike to help develop him and help him reach his potential."
Locandro said Worrall's talents on the bike as well as his traits and character morals off it really appealed to the team.
The South West Academy of Sport athlete will be on a one-year contract but the team hopes to have him on long term and to have a major impact on his cycling career.
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Locandro said Worrall would get a taste of NRS racing this season. He said the talented teenager would bring energy and enthusiasm to the team.
Worrall, a talented road and track cyclist, has already begun building an impressive resume.
He has also competed at the National Championships on the road in 2021, scoring two top-30 finishes, and was to do it on the track before the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancelation of the 2020 event.
He was also a Warrnambool Youth Achievement Award Nominee in 2021.
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