The son of German sprint legend Erik Zabel has signed a contract to race for BMC next season, the team said on Monday.
The 19-year-old Rick Zabel has already won the under-23 German national title and the Tour of Flanders for his age category.
His father Eric was a six-time winner of the Tour de France’s green jersey competition for the best sprinter.
“Rick has certainly learnt a lot from his father and, in a number of ways, they’re a bit like the same rider,” said Allan Peiper, one of the American team’s bosses.
The winner of the Milan-Sanremo classic four times, Erik Zabel also won 12 stages on the Tour de France before retiring in 2008.