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Coming off a strong year with the Hincapie Sportswear Development, Chris Butler, 26, will make the jump to the successful upstart Team SmartStop next year.
Proving himself as one of the most promising riders in the sport, Butler had strong performances against WorldTour riders at both the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and USA Pro Challenge, but hopes to build upon his results next year when moving into a GC role for SmartStop.
“I started talking with [Michael] Creed a while ago. I saw what he was doing with SmartStop and knew that I wanted to be a part of that,” said Butler. “SmartStop has been working really hard to get into some really big races in hopes of showcasing its talent.”
For 2015, SmartStop plans to race the Amgen Tour of California, the Tour of Utah, and the USA Pro Challenge, and it aims to secure invitations at international races like the Tour de San Luis and the Tour of Langkawi.
Butler raced for BMC Racing in 2010 and 2011, then spent two years with Champion System, before joining Hincapie Sportswear in 2014.
“I’d really like to make the move back to WorldTour at some point in my career, and I know that the only way to do that is to race and get results in bigger international events,” said Butler. “My goal for 2015 is to target the Tour of Utah, now that it’s an 2.HC event, and hopefully be able to finish in the top six on GC to prove that I’m capable of riding at the highest level.”
Along with Butler, SmartStop will add another former WorldTour rider, Evan Huffman to the 2015 roster, in hopes of adding more depth to their already outstanding group of riders. Huffman is coming off of a two-year stint with Astana that was largely fruitless for the young American.