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Trek announced today that they have signed on Trixi Worrack and confirmed the signing of Audrey Cordon-Ragot for the new UCI Women's WorldTour Trek Factory Racing team. Worrack, 36, comes across from the Canyon-SRAM team, an organisation she has been with since 2012. The German overcame the loss of a kidney - the result of a crash in the 2016 Trofeo Alfredo Binda - to resume her position at the top of the sport, but with the need race a less intensive schedule and to take more recovery days. The former German champion looks forward to focusing her efforts on mentoring new riders in the Trek team, and working under fellow German Ina Teutenberg, who will be a directeur sportif along with Giorgia Bronzini.ADVERTISEMENT "After some years in the same team, it will be a great challenge joining Trek. I am very excited." Worrack said in the team press release. "I am really looking forward to working again with Ina (Teutenberg), who I have raced with for many years and of course know very well. Trek has put together an incredible roster, with experience and young talent together, and I am excited and motivated to help this team and see what we can accomplish." The 2019 Trek roster includes Elisa Longo Borghini, who will be joined in the squad by current Wiggle High5 teammate Audrey Cordon-Ragot, Trek confirmed on Wednesday. "Obviously it's really exciting to be part of this new project. Trek has put together a real professional team, something I have missed in women's cycling from the beginning of my career," Cordon-Ragot stated. "This will allow me to do my job and not have to think about other things other than just riding my bike. I would like to be as good as I can for my teammates and to promote an excellent picture of women's cycling which is really important for me. I want to help grow it.
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Earlier this year I spoke with bike industry stalwarts to get a sense of the industry’s direction. I asked a series of broad questions and received some interesting answers.
My third question is a personal one. We all come to the bike industry from different backgrounds, following our own paths to the point where we are now. Most everyone seems to have a fascinating backstory. So I wanted to find out what was the inspirational moment that compelled these industry insiders to make bicycles their life’s work.These responses have been edited for length and clarity.
Gary Fisher, founder of Gary Fisher Mountain Bicycles
I got into racing when I was 12 and when I was 14 I started working in a shop. It was this moment of being a little kid and like wow, riding is incredible! I was like 89 pounds and I could ride with my club on these 80-mile rides. It was insanity. It opened my mind to the engineering world. When I was a kid I loved bicycles and sailboats, there was so much in common with the efficiency of both things. That fascinated me, and that was it. I said to myself I’m never ever going to quit being a bike guy.Scot Nicol, Ibis Bicycles
I still have an 8mm video of the first bike ride I took when I was five years old. My parents filmed me on this ride, and I rode my bike endlessly as a kid and it’s been with me my whole life. The real moment came when I took the trip with Joe Breeze and Charlie Kelly to Crested Butte in 1980. That was the first Pearl Pass tour, and seeing how that was the very beginning of mountain biking, and being able to be out there and experience that event, driving out across the desert and then having an amazing time riding I was spending a lot of time with two frame builders and asked them if I could apprentice with them to build frames. They said yes, and here we are 37 years later.
Joe Breeze, Breezer Bikes
You know at first I figured I would be with bicycles no matter what. I loved bikes. Really it was just the realization of the wide spectrum of what cycling is. It’s not just this narrow recreational thing. It’s in your life all day long for all of your life.
I saw it as such a secret in our country that I wanted to share it with people. That one little nut, that is really the glue that held the whole mountain bike movement together. I had that idea, but other people that I knew in Marin County had that idea that bicycling wasn’t just like this football or a golf ball, the very tool was so useful to humanity in our everyday life. We all wanted to turn others on to cycling, whether it was through road riding or off-road riding like we did, that’s what kept us coming back for more to propel this bicycle forward. We were passionate about what the bicycle stood for in our lives, in our world.
That’s probably it, but there was one particular bicycle that made my passion for the bicycle extend beyond being just a starving artist framebuilder, and that was, of course, my first Breezer mountain bike that I made. It is considered the first modern mountain bike ever made. I was just that guy with the skills and the passion to put that all together to be that guy at the moment and do something that was just ripe to happen. It made it so I wasn’t that starving artist framebuilder. It really made it so I could carry on my whole life in a better way.
John Parker, Underground Bike Works, founder of Yeti Cycles
Since [I was] a child, I have been obsessed with bicycles and motorcycles. My real first freedom came on a bicycle. I grew up on the beach in Santa Monica. On a skateboard or walking, we could go to Venice we could go here or there. But on a bicycle we could go all the way down to Palos Verdes. And then what we’d usually do is call our aunt or something and say, ‘So-and-so’s got a flat tire, come and get us.’
Bicycling is my first real form of freedom, my real first form of expression. Growing up in Southern California with all the hotrods, and the motorcycles, and the racing and everything. I find bicycles to be a form of art that I’m very inspired by.
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It really consumes my whole life. It’s everything, trying to arrive to that point. I’m not doing it to outdo anybody, and the truth of the matter is many times my inspiration has come from other bike builders, other designs. I will never stand in front of you and claim to be the originator or anything of the sort. I’ve been inspired and influenced by all sorts of people. I love Steve Potts. I love Joe Breeze. I admire all these guys to a fault. The small builders, Chris Herting, 3D Racing. It’s a community that by choice I want to belong to. It’s a community of inspiration, of craftsmanship, of deep thinking.
If anything, all I can do is say I’m a lucky guy and what a blessing to be a part of all this.
Richard Byrne, Speedplay pedals
I think the big turning point was I went to the Tour in 1972 and I watched Eddy Merckx race, and it made me think, ‘Hey I want to be in this.’ That got me started, and I fell in love with racing and got involved with design. It’s been an avocation turned vocation. It’s been a big challenge and very rewarding for me.
Chris Chance, Fat Chance Bikes
I can’t say it was any one moment, but I remember when I was in high school and skipping class and kind of going nuts at how much I loved riding a bike. This feeds me so much, I love it so much. I was racing on the road and I got offered a job at Whitcomb USA back in ‘75. I worked there for a couple of years almost, and then when they went under I bought some of their equipment. I was working for another builder in Boston. I got this fire — I have to buy some of their equipment. I called them up and they said, ‘We have a frame jig, this and that. You used to work for us so we’ll give you a good deal.’ I had to have it. I can’t pass this up. I went down there and bought some of this stuff and brought it back up to Boston. I figured I’d stick it in my garage and just have it. I was building frames for this other guy.
Three people I spoke to said well if you go into business, I’ll buy a bike from you. So before I even knew I was going to be in business I had three orders. I dove in with both feet. There was a guy who had a shop, paying $75 a month in rent, so I split it with him, 1,000 square feet. Put a spray booth in it and that was that. Started building frames with my own name on them. That was 1977. I did that until around 2000, and realized that while I’d been in this total immersion of bikes, there was part of me going, ‘Is there something else besides bikes in this world,’ 20 years later. So I took a break and it did me good.
I’m really stoked to be back at it. Really feels good. It’s in my blood.
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They file down the corridors of this soaring hotel clad in matching pink t-shirts and carrying identical pink backpacks, an electric magenta army marching to the beat of bicycle racing.
More than 1,600 employees from EF Education First have traveled to Denver from across the country to watch their company’s cycling team compete in the Colorado Classic. The three-day corporate outing is equal parts team building exercise and basic training in cycling fandom. Employees assemble bicycles to be donated to a local nonprofit; they also meet the riders and learn the difference between “peloton” and “echelon.”
The herd enters a conference room where chattering voices quickly hush. Edward Hult, the company’s North American CEO and son of founder Bertil Hult, climbs aboard a stage to deliver an update on the team’s progress. Hugh Carthy sits in third place overall, just 22 seconds out of the lead. There’s one stage to go, a pan-flat circuit race through the streets of Denver. Carthy can still win this thing, Hult says emphatically.Woo! cheers the crowd.
Carthy’s result is not Hult’s most impressive update, however. In the team competition—yes, the often overlooked “Team GC” prize—EF now sits in second place overall. The squad’s collaborative effort has advanced them into this lofty position, which is an important lesson on the power of teamwork, he says.WOOOOOOOO! much louder.
Hult’s speech represents an important cornerstone of EF’s strange new status as the latest savior of American cycling. It’s been a year since the company inked an eleventh-hour deal to save America’s longest-running WorldTour squad from extinction. The deal marked perhaps the most pivotal moment in the history of the team that, over the years, has been known for its various cycling-specific sponsors, Cannondale, Garmin, and Cervelo, among others.
The deal also launched this Boston-based study abroad company and its 46,000 global employees headfirst into the tumultuous business of pro cycling. EF is one of American cycling’s largest benefactors, spending between $8 to $10 million each year on the team.
Now, the company and its cycling team face a common challenge: how do you make a multi-million dollar pro cycling operation a worthwhile component of a global study abroad company? The answer may rest with EF’s employees, and their collective desire to become fans of the sport and the team.
There are early signs that it is working.
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EF erected a massive cheering section at the Colorado Classic for employees. Credit: EF Education FirstFor two weeks last August the riders and staff within the Slipstream Sports anxiously awaited their collective fate. On August 26 team CEO Jonathan Vaughters revealed that the squad faced a $7 million shortfall, the result, Vaughters said, of a potential sponsor axing a deal at the last minute. Vaugthers launched a very public cry for help, and officials maintained a hopeful attitude that a last-minute sponsorship deal or crowdfunding campaign could save the organization.
Riders and staff knew that the news was likely a kiss of death for the team.
“It was hell,” says Lawson Craddock. “I had come off a terrible year and had nothing for [2018] except this team. I raced [the Montreal GP] and [Quebec] GP off of like six hours of total sleep.”
On September 9 the worrying ended. An employee with EF Education First had seen the team’s crowdfunding campaign and alerted the company’s executives. After a series of phone calls, Vaughters traveled to Boston and struck a deal with company chairman, Phillip Hult (brother of Edward Hult). This was no ordinary sponsorship agreement—EF purchased the team outright from Vaughters and his co-owner Doug Ellis, who served as the team’s financial backstop since its inception in 2004.
“Did I receive a check? No, neither did [Ellis],” Vaughters said. “Our team doesn’t have revenues, we have financial liabilities. So it’s like [EF] goes and deals with those financial liabilities, and there you go.”
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. EF became sole owner of the team, and responsible for its annual budget, which hovers between $15 million to $17 million each year. The company committed to back the team for at least three years.
The unorthodox deal raised eyebrows within North America’s cycling community. The market for title sponsorship is historically bad—many of the largest teams are fronted by a bicycle company. Why would a global company focused on study abroad programs, language immersion, and other travel-centric education plans buy a professional cycling team?
Edward Hult declined to speak for this story, however VeloNews spoke with nearly a dozen EF staffers to better understand the deal. The picture that emerged was of a global company that for years had struggled to find the right advertising opportunity. EF Education First is more than 50 years old, with offices and schools in more than 50 countries worldwide. Yet the company’s success had, prior to 2018, relied almost entirely on word-of-mouth and specific marketing toward teachers and schools.
“For a long time we’ve been under the radar. Promoting ourselves beyond contacting a potential customer wasn’t something we have ever done,” said Skip Carpenter, an EF executive vice president. “Our reach has been our clients telling other people.”
The company wanted to market itself to the masses, in North America and overseas. It wanted average Americans to recognize its electric pink “EF” logo. That meant EF needed to get on television and in mainstream media.
And EF wanted to accomplish these goals on a limited budget, which eliminated many mainstream advertising opportunities.
“If you wanted to do a massive branding campaign around the world you’re talking about hundreds of millions of dollars,” said Shane Steffens, a 20-year EF veteran. “We’re the company that nobody knows anything about, and we want to tell our story, and we have limited resources. It’s like where do you even start?”
And EF had a completely separate corporate desire: it wanted a new way to entertain its own employees. In 1998 EF sponsored a boat in the Round the World Race, the global yachting competition now called the Volvo Ocean Race. For months, EF employees followed the progress of the company’s yacht. When it docked at international ports, EF brought its employees out to meet the crew.
A decade after the sponsorship ended, employees still raved about the yacht competition. Could the company find a branding opportunity that was equally as entertaining?
For years EF investigated various advertising opportunities, always shooting down the options. American sports lacked the international component; international sports were too expensive. TV ads cost a fortune and provided little internal excitement.
And then, one day, a cycling team on the brink of financial ruin fell into the company’s lap.
Steffens, who now manages the team’s budget and business development, was operating EF’s Educational Tours division at the time of the acquisition. He said the deal was highly unusual—he had never seen anything like it during his time with the company.
“Normally we haven’t grown through acquisitions,” Steffens said. “This is super new for us.”
EF Education First riders took over the chase through Vail Village. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.comSlipstream’s financial crisis was one of several scares during the team’s 14-year history. After the 2011 season the team nearly disbanded after its then bike sponsor, Cervelo, went through a rocky acquisition. From 2007 until mid 2008 the team operated without a title deal after its original sponsor, TIAA-CREF, did not renew for a fourth year.
The 2017 crisis was different. So worried was Vaughters that he assembled his CV and reached out to professional contacts seeking career advice. The sponsorship failure put dozens of jobs at risk, not just his. The stress was overwhelming, he said.
“When you get within inches of a deal and you don’t get it, you’re crushed,” Vaughters said. “Every single time you’re putting yourself in this very binary position. The deal either works, or everything is blown to pieces. People who work for you don’t understand that is going on behind the scenes.”
Behind the scenes, Vaughters said he was often pulled in too many directions at once, which limited his effectiveness as Slipstream’s leader. With one of the smallest budgets in the WorldTour, Slipstream required its staffers to perform multiple jobs. Vaughters oversaw performance plans for the athletes. He also managed the budget and the team’s existing sponsorships, and the outreach to potential new sponsors, among other tasks.
“I can be a B-minus director and logistics manager and sponsorship sales person, and a C-plus accountant,” Vauthers said. “I’m the only person who can do roughly everyone’s job, but I’ve never been the best at anyone’s job.”
The deal with EF brought a level of financial security that Vaughters had never enjoyed. It also removed some of the tasks from Vaughters’s plate. EF took over the team’s North American travel and allocated a handful of staffers to help various tasks, from creating the team’s design and look, to managing its social media. It brought on a vice president of marketing to track the team’s media impressions.
It even created a mascot for the team, a pink crocodile named Argyle.
In January 2018 EF’s upper brass asked Steffens to take on management the team, effectively replacing Vaughters atop the team’s org chart. Steffens peeled back the team’s financial layers and saw a budget-conscious operation that cut costs at nearly every opportunity. The financial strategy meshed with EF’s vision for the team—adhering to the budget was more important than winning every race.
“Some people may think that we’re some big company that sits on money and is going to spend a lot of it,” Steffens said. “It’s not like we’re going to come in and triple the budget. We’re never going to be the team that spends the most amount of money.”
Steffens also took over managing the team’s sponsorships. Rather than seize ownership of the team’s name, EF maintained sponsorship arrangements with longtime benefactor Drapac Capital Partners and bike sponsor Cannondale. The decision created one of the longest team names in the WorldTour, EF Education First-Drapac powered by Cannondale. It also preserved millions in sponsorship dollars for the team.
Steffens also addressed the business challenges that EF faced with the team. The company’s marketing goals were fairly straightforward; the team’s WorldTour status guaranteed it entry to the Tour de France, the Amgen Tour of California, the Giro d’Italia, and other races with international television broadcast. The EF brand was sure to be splashed across television.
But how to promote the team within the company? Unlike football or soccer, where the season builds toward a championship, cycling’s non-linear calendar poses a headache for novice fans. Why should employees care about EF’s results at smaller races like the Volta Catalunya or Gent-Wevelgem?
Cycling’s complex rules and strategies posed a challenge for everyone to learn, Steffens included.
“I was your typical American cycling fan,” Steffens said. “I knew about the Tour de France and that was about it.”
EF employees traveled to Denver for three days of corporate team building, which included a bicycle donation drive. Credit: EF Education FirstAs the peloton speeds by in a colorful blur, Ivan Perez, a Boston-based EF employee, stands alongside the course barriers in downtown Denver and cheers, waving a sign that says “Phinney For The Winney.” Perez, 24, is flanked on all sides by fellow EF employees, who are crammed into a 400-foot-long EF party zone, designed to look like a pink backyard barbecue.
With every pass of the riders, the entire EF area erupts with cheers.
“My favorite is Rigoberto Urán,” Perez says. “I always cheer for the South American riders.”
Perez knew very little about cycling prior to this summer. Throughout the month of July EF promoted the team’s Tour de France ambitions to all 46,000 employees. Employees received two emails each day updating them on the team’s progress in the race. Included in the emails were daily video recaps done by Vaughters.
A massive map of France was erected in the lobby of EF’s Boston headquarters; the map showed the race’s progress across the country. At all of the company’s global offices, managers were encouraged to hold viewing parties during the race.
The three-week Tour de France promotion capped off EF’s months-long strategy to teach its employees about pro cycling. In the spring EF flew riders out to the Boston offices for a meet-and-greet with employees. Pro rider Alex Howes operated a bingo trivia night with cycling-centric trivia questions. The company raffled off signed jerseys and other memorabilia.
“People were jazzed,” said rider Nate Brown, who visited the Boston campus in the spring. “I just hung out and talked to a lot of people about cycling.”
The company also brought its employees to races. Hundreds attended the Amgen Tour of California, and others traveled to Rome for the finale of the Giro d’Italia. EF brought 450 employees, including 75 from the Boston offices, to the final stage of the Tour de France. After the race, EF even threw a congratulatory party in Houston for Craddock, whose struggle to complete the race with a broke scapula earned mainstream headlines.
“That wasn’t a marketing thing—it was just a big party,” Craddock said. “We had 500 people there. It was huge.”
Has EF’s internal promotion of the team transformed its employees into lifelong fans? Perhaps. During interviews at the Colorado Classic, EF staffers consistently spoke positively about the cycling team, even if those employees revealed a cursory understanding of the sport. Most interviewees did not know, for example, that the team has struggled to collect WorldTour victories in recent years, or that it has never won the country’s biggest race, the Amgen Tour of California.
For now, access to the heroic riders, and the company’s Tour de France promotions are far more important than results. That may change, of course, as EF’s employees become more acquainted with the sport.
As he pours himself a beer at the EF tent, Hector Lopez, a custodian in the Boston offices, recounts his favorite moments from the Tour de France. Lopez had never followed cycling prior to 2018, and found himself drawn into the race due to his company’s attachment to the team.
And then, on the ninth stage, Lopez watched in dismay as team leader Rigoberto Uran crashed and fell out of contention.
“After [Uran] crashed on the cobblestones it was like wow, what does the team do now?” Lopez says. “After that it’s like well, it’s going to be hard to win.”
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After victory in his comeback race at the Coppa Agostoni at the weekend, Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) continued in a similar vein at the Giro della Toscana on Wednesday, as he out-sprinted Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) to claim victory in Pontedera. Moscon was suspended for five weeks by the UCI following his expulsion from the Tour de France for aiming a punch at Elie Gesbert (Fortuneo-Oscaro), a ban that forced him to miss the Vuelta a España and seemingly compromised his preparation for the forthcoming World Championships in Innsbruck, where he has lived since earlier this year. With two wins in three races since his return, however, Moscon has cemented his position as a likely leader of the Italian team and underlined his status among the contenders for the rainbow jersey a week on Sunday in Austria. His victory in Tuscany owed much to the fine work of his new teammate Eddie Dunbar, who made his Sky debut at the weekend following his transfer from the collapsed Aqua Blue Sport team.ADVERTISEMENT "I'm going through a great period of form. The team today did great work," Moscon said. "Dunbar was spectacular. He reduced the group to four riders and I only had to maintain the gap after that." The Irishman shredded an already reduced peloton with a prodigious turn of pace-making on the third of three ascents of Monte Serra. When Dunbar swung off with a little under 2km left to the summit, only three riders remained on his wheel - Moscon, Bardet and Pozzovivo. Bardet launched a probing attack soon afterwards that put Pozzovivo into difficulty, and the Italian climber was distanced when Moscon put in a rasping acceleration of his own closer to the summit, which came with a shade under 25km to go. How it unfolded
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Despite hinting earlier this year that 2018 might be his final season, 18-year pro Svein Tuft has signed up for a least one more year, penning a deal with US Pro Continental team Rally Cycling after riding for Australia's WorldTour Mitchelton-Scott and Orica teams for the past eight years. Tuft told Cyclingnews earlier this year that 2018 could be his last season, and he admitted in May that the Giro d'Italia would likely be is last Grand Tour, leading to speculation that the Canadian planned to retire. But that changed for Tuft when Rally performance director Jonas Carney, Tuft's former teammate on Prime Alliance in 2002, visited him in Spain. "The chance to ride for a North American team with a bunch of Canadians came along in Rally Cycling and I couldn't refuse," Tuft said in a statement released by the team. "Sharing all that I have learned is what motivates me these days, and I couldn't imagine a better team to do that with. One of the aspects I've really enjoyed on my current team, Michelton-Scott, has been sharing my years of experience with the younger fellas. The chance to do that with my fellow North Americans making that jump to Europe was very appealing to me."ADVERTISEMENT Tuft, an 11-time and reigning Canadian time trial champion, is a powerhouse rider known for his ability to drive the bunch. During his career, the 41-year-old Canadian has anchored team time trial squads that claimed stage wins at the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia, Eneco Tour and Tirreno Adriatico. Carney said that signing an experienced rider like Tuft was important for the 2019 roster. With veteran rider Danny Pate retiring after this season, the role of experienced mentor opened up. "We have a lot of talented young riders on our team who are capable of making the transition to Europe, and it's important that we have a veteran rider with lots of European experience to mentor those guys," Carney said. "For three years Danny Pate filled that role, but with Pate retiring and our European schedule expanding, it was more important than ever that we fill that position. Svein was the perfect fit for us. He knows all the races, is well respected in the European peloton, can operate as a road captain and sets a great example off the bike."
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After storming to the top of the standings the day before, Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) held onto her race lead on the final day of racing at the Tour de l'Ardeche to take the overall title. Along with the race victory, Niewiadoma won the combined and mountains classifications in the six-day race. Niewiadoma moved into the leader's jersey on the penultimate day of racing after making it into a two-rider break with Sunweb's Ruth Winder. The American would take the stage win, but Niewiadoma would build a significant advantage in the standings. She went into the final stage with a 41-second lead over Spain's Marga Garcia Canellas and more than doubled it on the lumpy parcours. After a difficult season, it is a morale boost for Niewiadoma ahead of the UCI Road World Championships, which start later this week. "I'm very happy because this is a result of hard work from our entire team," said Niewiadoma. "We were committed and motivated from the start until the end. It's nice to celebrate it together and to have this feeling of satisfaction. We suffered a lot, learnt a lot and we gained a lot. Now, I'm going to Girona to recover for a few days and then I will fly to Innsbruck for the most important race of the season, the road world championships."ADVERTISEMENT Van der Breggen, Blaak headline Boels-Dolmans team time trial line-up Boels Dolmans have named a strong line-up that includes Anna van der Breggen and Chantal Blaak as they look to regain their team time trial world title in Innsbruck this weekend. The six-rider team has just one change to the one that finished second in Bergen last year with Amalie Dideriksen replacing Megan Guarnier in the squad. Completing the team will be Christine Majerus, Amy Pieters and Karol-Ann Canuel. Having finished second in Richmond 2015, Boels Dolmans took their first team time trial world title in Doha in 2016. There were some big changes to the line-up for last year's competition but they were still the overwhelming favourites for the title. They struggled to match the benchmark set by the Sunweb team and eventually ceded 12 seconds to them and had to settle for the silver medal. This year will be the final opportunity for the team to take the top honours. Koppenberg signs for WNT-Rotor Fournier signs for Movistar Canyon-SRAM name Worlds TTT line-up
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Veteran Canadian rider Svein Tuft has signed a contract to ride for Pro Continental squad Rally Cycling for 2019.
The deal was announced Wednesday, and the 41-year-old Tuft will bring wealth of veteran experience to the North American outfit.
“My role with Rally Cycling will really be about support,” Tuft said. “I’ve done pretty much every WorldTour race on the calendar and understand the difficulties of transitioning from North America to Europe. The biggest difference is not in physical ability but it’s in all the other details of European racing. Distance, pace, technical ability, reading the race, lifestyle and time are really the main factors.
“So, my goal will be to share as much of my knowledge that I can and then within the race help them through positioning and navigating the European peloton.”
Tuft first turned pro in 2005 with Symmetrics, and later rode for Garmin-Slipstream, SpiderTech-C10, and the Orica franchise. His current contract with Mitchelton-Scott is up at the end of this season.
Tuft earned the silver medal in the time trial at the 2008 UCI road worlds and won a handful of time trials and team time trials on the WorldTour. In the 2014 Giro d’Italia, he wore the pink leader’s jersey on stage 2 after helping pace Orica to the opening-stage TTT victory.
“We have a lot of talented young riders on our team who are capable of making the transition to Europe and it’s important that we have a veteran rider with lots of European experience to mentor those guys,” Rally’s performance manager Jonas Carney said.
“For three years Danny Pate filled that role but with Pate retiring and our European schedule expanding, it was more important than ever that we fill that position. Svein was the perfect fit for us. He knows all the races, is well respected in the European peloton, can operate as a road captain, and sets a great example off the bike.”
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Mikel Landa (Movistar) has admitted that it is going to be difficult for him to ride the Road World Championships in Innsbruck after a fractured rib and vertebrae left him unable to train seriously for a month, and forced him to miss the Vuelta a Espana. Landa crashed out of the Clasica San Sebastian on August 4 after finishing seventh overall at the Tour de France. Movistar hoped he could recover to lead the team alongside Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana. However, Landa was still in pain as the Vuelta a Espana began and he has spent recent weeks trying to find some end-of-season form. Spanish national coach Javier Minguez named Landa in his initial long-list of riders for Innsbruck and put his trust in Landa to decide if he can perform on the testing Innsbruck circuit on Sunday September 30.ADVERTISEMENT Movistar teammate Alejandro Valverde will lead the Spanish team, with Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors), Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida), Mikel Neive (Mitchelton-Scott), Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) and the Team Sky pairing of David de la Cruz and Jonathan Castroviejo also confirmed in the team. Omar Fraile (Astana) will replace Landa if he opts not to ride. Landa lined up for the Giro della Toscana on Wednesday and will also ride the Coppa Sabatini race on Thursday before deciding if he is fit enough to join the Spanish national squad at a pre-worlds training camp in Sierra Nevada. "It's going to be difficult… I've trained hard in recent weeks but I had almost a month without making any major efforts," Landa told Cyclingnews before the start of the Giro della Toscana. Staying with Movistar in 2019
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