A member of the cycling team co-sponsored by berry grower-shipper California Giant Inc. has been promoted.

California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized’s Evan Huffman has been moved up from the team’s developmental program to the Astana pro cycling team, according to a news release from Watsonville, Calif.-based California Giant.

Huffman, whose two-year stint with California Giant/Specialized included a victory in the USA Under-23 Time Trial Championship, signed a two-year contract with Astana.

“The whole goal of the program is to develop young riders to get them ready for that next level,” Anthony Gallino, the team’s manager and California Giant’s vice president of sales, said in the release. “Let them mature through our program so they can successfully graduate to teams at the WorldTour level.”

Huffman joins Andrew Talansky and Ken Hanson as California Giant/Specialized riders who have moved up to the pros.