So the new Garmin-Cervelo Continental team's roster has finally seemed to have come to rest and wielerland/cyclismactu have given a complete roster of 16 young riders
Robert Bush Alex Howes Danny Summerhill Freddy Cruz Lachlan Morton Kirk Carlsen Robbie Squire
Andrew Barker Tom Scully Thacker Reeves Elliot Craddock Andrei Krasilnikau Max Durtschi
Raymond Kreder Jacob Rathe Anders Newbury
So this team should be a step up from the amatuer Garmin-Holowesko squad that was fielded last year. They actually got rid of some talented guys like Blake Caldwell (probably headed somewhere else), Nick Walker (who had an outstanding '09 with Cinelli-Down Under in Europe but a rather dissapointing year this year), Fairly is of to the big leagues in HTC land after jumping out of his Garmin contract, and a few others like Peter Salon, Walker Savidge and Taylor Shelden; all of which were long time Vaughters/McRae riders.
The additions are quite nice actually. 6 newbies on the squad are Rob Bush, Freddy Cruz, Tom Scully, Jacob Rathe, Anders Newbury...and not so newbie Kirk Carlsen.
I have seen Bush racing since I started to ride bikes 5 years ago and he was the cream of the crop in the OH/KY/IN tristate area. He was riding on the vaunted Texas Roadhouse regional squad at 15/16 and has been racing for the collegiate cycling powerhouse Marian University & Kenda Pro Cycling. Good sprinter and all-arounder. Cruz is just about the same...strong track cycling background and was on Rock Racing in '09 before the shit hit the fan and the teams split. Rathe could be put into this boat really too; he is a large kid at 6'1 and 170lbs and will probably trying for a few sprints or one-day events.
Scully is probably the most talented out of the group though cycling(not)news wrote a very misleading piece that made it sound like he was going to be on the ProTeam. He had quite the horrific crash this year at the Milk Ras that did major damage to his knee but bounced back quickly to be able to score the contract. Newbury is the only new potential G.C. development for the team. He is coming straight from the vaunted Hot Tubes junior squad (Jonathan Page, Will Frischkorn, Matt DeCanio, Lawson Craddock...) and was a big helper for Craddock's big in the Junior Worlds RR. He has some good TT results and is quite a good climber so that will probably be his focus.
But unfortunately for Vaughters, this isn't going to be the most talented Continental team in the world. Talent and results have a strange way of not meeting up always. He has a pet project in this group in Lachlan Morton, who as a junior last year was 7th overall at ToUtah and Vaughters has said nobody has been able to do what this kid has done as a junior since Lemond. A bit of an over statement yes but still, the kid is good and Vaughters will desperately be wanting to keep him. Trek-Livestrong's new squad, who are only keeping 2 riders I believe from last year, is totally revamped and should be very good so there might be a few battles here and there between the two squadra