Rally Cycling ended speculation today about where up-and-coming American Brandon McNulty will race next year, announcing that the 20-year-old will return to the US Pro Continental team for at least one more season. McNulty – the 2016 junior time trial world champion – joined Rally in 2017, but suffered a broken hip in an early-season crash that derailed much of his season. He recovered in time to take silver in the U23 Worlds time trial in Bergen, Norway, and then turned his attention to this year. He started his season in the Middle East and immediately put the peloton on notice at the Dubai Tour, where he went on a solo fly near the end of the queen stage to Hatta Dam and came up 50 metres short of stealing the stage win. He went on to finish 14th overall. Back in Europe, McNulty took top-15 finishes at both the GP Miguel Indurain and the Klasika Primavera de Amorebieta one-day races in Spain, and then went to Portugal in mid-April to finish second on a stage of GP Beiras and take fifth overall.ADVERTISEMENT His return to the States and the Tour of California exceeded expectations, as McNulty's consistent performances culminated with fourth on the queen stage to South Lake Tahoe and seventh overall. He travelled back to Europe with the US national team in August, finishing third overall at the Tour Alsace before nearly winning a stage of the Tour de l'Avenir. He was beaten by Ivan Sosa of Colombia after raising his arms before the finish line. The results, especially his performance at the California race, increased speculation that WorldTour teams might be knocking on his door and ringing up his phone. But McNulty chose to stick with Rally as the American team expands its European calendar. "Rally Cycling offers me a low pressure environment to continue to grow and develop and lay the foundations of a lengthy career in the sport," McNulty said in a statement release by the team.
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