Mark Donovan another name on Doug Ryder’s list for 2023

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Mark Donovan has signed a contract with Doug Ryder’s Second Division side for 2023. The British driver has spent the last three seasons with the DSM team but will race with Ryder’s new-look side next season. next.

Ryder is currently putting the finishing touches on his roster with Damien Howson, Gianluca Brambilla and Matteo Moschetti already signed for next year. BikeNews understands Jack Bauer, out of contract at Team BikeExchange, is a rider on the team’s radar but the deal isn’t over yet.

Donovan had a strong start to his WorldTour career and notched two top 10 finishes on his grand tour debut at the Vuelta a España in 2020. He raced the Tour de France the following year but did not line up three race a week this season.

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Ryder has been quietly building a squad after his WorldTour-level squad disappeared at the end of 2021. He has maintained a small continental squad this year but has found additional investment in Switzerland, while BMC is set to clinch the spot. as a bicycle supplier for the new team.

Alex Sans Vega, currently sporting director of the Human Powered Health Pro cycling team, Serge Pauwels and Gabriel Missaglia have all secured places in the team’s cars as directors, while Vincenzo Nibali, as previously reported by BikeNews in August, joined the team in a consulting role. The Italian will hang up his steering wheels at the end of this campaign.

Team name for next season still unclear, source says BikeNews that Ryder is still in talks with several major titles. The source added that Ryder has enough financial backing to get the team off the ground regardless of the name on the shirt. Ryder did not respond when asked to comment. BikeNews.

In August BikeNews revealed that Ivan Glasenberg, a successful South African billionaire, is financially supporting the project. A source said BikeNews that Ryder has both a title and a secondary sponsor lined up.

Glasenberg retired as CEO of Glencore, one of the world’s largest mining and commodities trading companies in 2021, but has since moved to Switzerland, where his passion for cycling has blossomed. In 2021, Glasenberg also invested in Q36.5.

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