Hong Kong, SAR – The Champion System Pro Cycling Team has strengthened its stage racing and sprinting ranks with the signings of Chad Beyer and Fabian Schnaidt, respectively, for the 2013 season, general manager Ed Beamon said Thursday.
Schnaidt, the 2011 German Under 23 road champion, comes to Champion System from German continental squad Team Specialized Concept Store. Among his 16 top 10 finishes this season were victories on the opening stage of the Tour of Qinghai Lake, Stage 2 of Oberösterreichrundfahrt and the final stage of Tropicale Amissa Bongo. The 22-year-old said he is anxious to establish himself as he makes the jump to Asia’s first pro continental team.
“I’m happy to be joining Champion System because it gives me the opportunity to ride with some of the best riders in the world,” Schnaidt said. “When I was young and started cycling, I dreamed about being a professional and now the dream comes true. I like the race schedule very much and think there is a good mix of events.”
Beamon said the addition of Schnaidt, as well as the recent signing of Bobbie Traksel, gives Champion System a more formidable team to contest the bunch sprints.
“When you add Clinton Avery, Matthias Friedemann and Mart Ojavee to that mix, we should definitely be there with good numbers at the end of those kind of races,” Beamon said.
Beyer, 26, brings his climbing and stage racing talents to Champion System after a season with the Competitive Cyclist Racing Team that saw him finish runner-up at the SRAM Tour of the Gila while winning the King of the Mountains classification and placing second on Stage 2 of the Rutas de America. The fourth-year pro spent three seasons (2009-2011) with the BMC Racing Team, finishing the 2011 Giro d’Italia, winning the sprint classification at the 2010 Tour de Romandie and placing fourth on the queen stage of the SRAM Tour of the Gila in 2009.
“Chad will add depth and strength to our stage racing squad,” Beamon said. “He has not only proven his ability on the tough climbs, but he can mix it up at the finish and help us out as we contest stage races and one day classics.”
Beyer said not being able to race in Europe – for the first time in eight seasons – motivated him to dial in his training and refocus his goals.
“Whether I’m helping a teammate win, or I have the opportunity to go for a result myself, I think stage races will be my biggest focus,” he said. “While I’m not a one day specialist, I think I can also contribute quite a bit to that front as well. I enjoy those tough one days, and am ready to leave it all out there this year. My main goal is to continue to improve and I’m specifically focused on improving my time trial ability.”