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Brandon McNulty – Stepping up to World Tour with UAE-Team Emirates

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Brandon McNulty is another of those ‘Young Americans’ along with Ian Garrison and Quinn Simmons who have stepped up to World Tour for 2020, Garrison with Deceuninck; Simmons with Trek and McNulty with UAE-Team Emirates.

The just-turned 22 years-old McNulty first pops up on the palmarès sites in 2015 with a stage win and the overall in the Junior ‘Peace Race’ in Germany, a stage and fourth on GC in the Driedaagse van Axel in the Netherlands, two stages and second on GC in the Tour de l’Abitibi [the ‘Junior Tour de France’] in Canada, a win in the US Junior Time Trial Nationals and a bronze medal behind Germany’s Leo Appelt in the World Junior Time Trial Championship. A year later he’d defended his US Junior TT jersey, moved up to the top of the World Junior TT podium, taken the overall and a stage in Abitibi as well as doing the same double in the prestigious Trofeo Karlsberg in Germany.

For 2017 he signed with US Pro Continental team Rally where he would remain for three seasons. That year he won stages in the Valley of the Sun and Nature Valley races in the US, took the US National u23 TT title, finished third on GC in the Tour Alsace and second in the Worlds u23 TT behind the seemingly impregnable Mikkel Bjerg of Denmark – who’s now a team mate on UAE-Team Emirates.

In 2018 he was again third in the Tour Alsace and was top 10 in the Tour of California. Last year was the breakthrough with a stage win and the GC in the Giro di Sicilia, he was top 10 in the Tours of Poitou-Charentes and Oman and back on the World u23 TT podium in the bronze medal spot.