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"I’m ready for more responsibility," Ben King said about his move to Germin - Sharp

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10.11.2013 @ 20:36 Posted by Aleksandra Górska

24-year-old Ben King from the beginning of his professional career, it is for three consecutive seasons, was associated with the team Radioshack. Despite the high hopes of strong performances in the outfit of the strong World Tour team, an American failed to achieve significant results or develop talent in a satisfactory manner. Moving on to the Garmin - Sharp, King hopes to finally make his Grand Tour debut, while a good example of Andrew Talansky allows him to be optimistic about the future.


Shortly after Ben King won in the United States National Road Race Championships in 2010, Radioshack secured a professional contract with the 21-year-old rider, and many could foreshadow rapid development of an American career. It happened otherwise, and among the rather mediocre results achieved to date, only 3rd place in the Tour of Utah TTT and 12th place overall in the Tour of Beijing, where he also finished first in the youth classification, deserve to be emphasized.


American does not conceal resentment, that being aware of his aspirations, Radioshack had never given him a chance to participate in any Grand Tour race.


“That was unclear to me, why in the three years I had at RadioShack I never had the chance to do a Grand Tour. That was my goal and I think it would have been good for my development. I’m looking forward to that in 2014, whether it’s the Tour or the Vuelta. I think I’ll have more chances for myself in breaks and I’ll be looking to working on my time trialling. I’m ready for more responsibility."


American believes that the structure of the team, specifically very high average age, meant that he was condemned to act in a supporting role to a more experienced colleagues. Observation of Andrew Talansky’s career in Garmin - Sharp allows him to believe that a new, much younger team, his opportunities will grow significantly and he will be able to follow similar schedule to his compatriot.


“I think I’ll be on a similar race programme to Andrew Talansky. I’m looking forward to that and I’ve got a lot of friends on the team, guys I’ve known and grown up with racing with through the under 23 ranks. The big difference between Garmin and RadioShack for next season is the average age of the teams,” he told Cyclingnews


“I was one of the youngest guys at Shack and that afforded me a lot of learning opportunities and gave me a lot of guys to look up to. The average age [on Garmin] next year is going to be around 25, and as a 24-year-old I’m right there. I think you have some experienced guys for sure but there’s going to be a lot of energy and enthusiasm.”


Although Talansky’s schedule for the upcoming season still requires final confirmation, it is highly likely that after excellent performance in this year's debut, once again his main goal will be the Tour de France. King is very excited about the possibility participate in a la Grande Boucle alongside esteemed colleague.


“We worked really well together in the past. His style of racing, I can really complement that. He’s an all-rounder and I can ride on the front and try and control the race for him a bit more. We’re good at the same style of races but have different strengths,” King said.   



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