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Sean Quinn joins the 2022 roster

While he first became a fan of the team because of their American roots, his appreciation deepened over time. “As I started to understand the sport more, I really liked how they advocated strongly for clean riding. That’s something that’s really important to me.”

 

Quinn grew up in Los Angeles, California and relished the urban experience. “It was pretty great growing up in a big city and I’m very grateful that I did. I still spend quite a bit of time there. The riding is quite underrated there actually, as long as you don’t mind cars passing you all day.”

 

Nowadays, he splits his time between Boulder, Colorado and Girona, Spain. “When I’m stateside, I’m mostly in Boulder. I went to the University of Colorado for a few semesters and so a lot of my good friends live there as well as my girlfriend. It’s a nice place to spend time over the offseason. Girona is an awesome place to live in during the racing season. It has great weather and a lot of friends and former teammates to hangout and ride with.”

 

On the bike, Quinn can do a bit of everything but he considers reading a race to be among his main talents. “Positioning in the pack and knowing when to save energy and being smart about the way I’m riding and riding pretty conservatively when I need to is a big strength. A lot of time tactics and strategy can be overlooked but it plays a huge part in all the races.”

 

His other strength? Climbing. “I really love the big mountains but the thing is, ironically I’m not a super small guy,” Quinn says. “I don’t know if it’s ideally suited to me but that’s the stuff that gets me super excited, looking at huge mountain stages although when you’re in it, it’s not so fun.”

 

Jonathan Vaughters, EF Education-NIPPO CEO, considers Quinn’s size to be an asset. “He’s a climber. He’s a big climber. He’s not a tiny little guy but those are the kind of guys you want because a slightly larger framed climber tends to be a little bit more versatile in different types of terrain you can gamble with so we’ll see where he fits in. I see him very much as a future Tour de France rider. He’s a bigger, stronger kid that can handle the high speeds on the flats and then he can also climb which is what you need for the Tour de France.”

 

For the upcoming season, Quinn’s priority is to soak up the knowledge from his new teammates. “I just like hearing from guys with a lot more experience than me. A lot of veteran riders are on the team and it’ll be really cool to ride with them and learn from there. I’m looking forward to having good people with a lot of good advice. I’m sure I’ll still learn some stuff the hard way but that’s life,” he laughs.

— Mary Lee Mahony to www.efprocycling.com

Roman Kreuziger Joins Bahrain Victorius as Sports Director

Bahrain Victorious are pleased to announce Roman Kreuziger as a new Sports Director for the 2022 season.

Roman joins the team straight out of the peloton following a 16-year career of pro racing: “I’m excited to be back in the World Tour! Looking forward to this new chapter in my life. I know many team members, both riders and staff. There is a winning spirit in the team, and I will do my best to contribute to the results we want. My motto is simple – to work hard and to be professional, on and off the road. After all those years in the peloton, I am pretty sure this works.”

— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com

Kristian Aasvold joins Rally Cycling – Rally Cycling


Rally Cycling has signed the talented Norwegian Kristian Aasvold for the 2022 season. The 26-year-old from Snåsa who joins from Team Coop is Rally Cycling’s first Scandinavian rider and the third non-North American to race for the men’s team.

Aasvold describes himself as a puncheur who is not afraid of the hardest races, favouring days with a succession of small climbs that end in a reduced bunch sprint. The Norwegian has had a year at ProTeam level before but makes the step back up the ranks following a successful 2021. 

“It’s really exciting,” Aasvold said about joining the team. “Rally Cycling is really professional so it’s a great opportunity for me. I’m looking forward to meeting the guys and starting to work together to try and deliver as good a season as possible.”

2021 was Aasvold’s most successful year to date and he excelled in both the Arctic Race of Norway and the Tour of Norway in August, two short stage races where he finished fifth and sixth overall respectively. 

“You can always train to become better, but you need those hard races as well. Hopefully, I can take some big steps next year and get some results for the team,” Aasvold said.

The team’s long-time performance director Jonas Carney knows how to put a roster together.

“Kristian had a really strong back-end to the season and we were impressed by his strength,” said Carney. “We feel he has a lot of potential and we were looking for a punchy rider like him to strengthen the squad.”

Aasvold has a wealth of experience from his time on Scandinavian teams and previously raced on the Riwal Securitas Cycling Team with Arvid de Kleijn in 2020. The Dutch sprinter spoke to his returning teammate prior to his big move to a North American outfit.

“He [de Kleijn] said a lot of positive things and of course it matters that people you know well say that it’s a good team,” Aasvold explained. “I also spoke with Jonas about it, and again got the sense it’s a good environment – which is important for me.”

The team looks forward to having Aasvold bolster its ranks for the 2022 season. Keep an eye out for more rider announcements over the coming weeks. 

— Oskar Scarsbrook to rallycycling.com

David De La Cruz joins Team Astana – Astana

David De La Cruz joins Team Astana

Spanish rider David De La Cruz is set to join the Kazakh Team Astana where he will spend the two following seasons of 2022 and 2023. The 32-year-old is well-known as a strong climber and stage race specialist, finishing seventh in the General Classification of La Vuelta on three occasions, including the 2021 edition.

“I am really happy to join Team Astana from the upcoming season. I didn’t have any doubts and made quite a quick decision when Alexandr Vinokurov came to me with an offer to join his team. I feel like Astana is the team that perfectly suits me, but at the same time, it is the team I suit as a rider. I really like the team’s style, its attacking character, ambitions, and its focus on the General Classification. So, I am sure that I will be able to fit in well with this team. Of course, I understand that the first season in a new team may not be easy, I will have to go through a certain period of adaptation, but I hope that it will be a short one and I will become an integral part of the group quickly. I am sure that together with the management we will be able to plan a good race program where I will have an opportunity to help the team to reach its important goals and where I will get a chance to achieve some personal results. Perhaps, I will have a chance to go for the General Classification at La Vuelta or even at the Giro, but, first of all, I am ready to follow the team strategy and the plans to achieve great successes together with Astana”, – said David De La Cruz.

Alongside a few good podium places and some Top-10 results in the GC of various stage races, David De La Cruz has scored several important wins in his career. The Spaniard’s palmarès includes stage wins at La Vuelta (2016), Itzulia Basque Country (2017), Paris-Nice (2017, 2018) and Vuelta a Andalucia (2018).

In the current season of 2021, De La Cruz took a strong second place in the individual time trial of the Spanish National Championships, was fourth in the General Classification of the Tour de Luxembourg, finished fifth at the Vuelta a Burgos, and impressed with seventh overall at La Vuelta.

“David is an experienced and complete rider who can strengthen our team in terms of stage races. It’s not just about the Grand Tours, but also about week-long stage races. He looks strong in the mountains, he likes to attack, and he feels comfortable enough in the time trial races, where he is not only able to defend his positions, but also to gain time on the rivals. This is a good reinforcement for us, so we will be able to use David in team tactics at certain races, Grand Tours, but we are also ready to give him some freedom and chances to prove himself in those races that will fit his characteristics”, – said Aleksandr Vinokurov, 2022 Team Astana General Manager.

Photo credit: @Gettysport

— Vitalii to www.astanapremiertech.com

Owain Doull joins the EF 2022 roster

Team CEO Jonathan Vaughters shares the same vision as Doull. “Owain is a very strong rider for the Classics, has a great little sprint on him, and is a good time trialist,” Vaughters says. “More than anything, Owain is a guy who can win one of the smaller semi Classics. I thought it would be good to get a rider like that who would have the kind of freedom to accomplish some goals and will reinforce our Classics squad in general and give us one more option beyond Alberto Bettiol and Michael Valgren. He gives us a broader spectrum of options in the Classics. He hasn’t been given the opportunity to race very many Grand Tours in his career and I think that that’s something he’ll be quite successful at once he’s given the chance. He’ll not only be a successful worker but also, a little bit like Magnus Cort, he can get out of the breakaway and win from the break.”

 

Doull brings a thoughtful outlook to both the sport and to life. “From cycling, you learn a lot and it helps you grow and shapes you as a person. I lost one of my best friends to suicide during lockdown. I wasn’t sure what to do. I carried on racing. It was difficult but it showed me how much I love the sport. If I’m going to sacrifice time away from friends and family, I want it to mean something and to be able to finish and say I’ve gotten everything out of myself, I couldn’t have done anything more. That perspective is probably the thing I’ve learned the most from cycling.”

 

Joining EF aligns with his value of fully committing to your beliefs. “This is a team I’ve always been really impressed by. The fact that the team approached me and were interested in me, that shows a lot. Being shown you’re valued by someone is important and it helps you buy into the belief that they believe you can do it as well. That’s an important thing for me.”

 

When he’s not on the bike, you’ll find Doull indulging in one of his two loves: coffee and collecting vinyl. “There’s a lot of music I really like but I enjoy having it on vinyl and being able to listen to the whole album.”

 

And don’t be surprised to learn that Doull has applied his deep sense of commitment to coffee. “I have a coffee company which I’m very passionate about, Five Rings Coffee.”

 

The team’s ethos is one Doull identifies with. “I like that underdog spirit, punching above your weight. As a bike rider, I’ve always thought of myself as not the most talented person but I work hard. That’s the culture of the team: work hard and be clever about it. I hope I’ll fit in well,” he says with a laugh.

 

We think you’ll fit in just fine, Owain. Welcome to the team!

— Mary Lee Mahony to www.efprocycling.com