Double Anglo-Saxon reinforcement for the first EOLO-KOMETA Cycling Team adventure in the ProTeam category. British cyclists John Archibald (1990) and Mark Christian (1990) sign for a season after having competed in 2020 in the continental teams Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling and Canyon dhb p/b Soreen, respectively. Both are veteran riders, recently released in their thirties, and from the sports management is believed to be able to contribute much to the team.
Scottish rider Archibald has been forged in the world of velodromes and stands out as an accomplished specialist in the fight against the clock. He and his team won the bronze medal in the mixed team time trial that kicked off the 2019 Yorkshire World Championships. So far, the Edinburgh-born rider has essentially faced a schedule within the United Kingdom. John is the brother of Katie Archibald, one of the great British riders of the moment, Olympic, world and European champion in the track.
“For me this is a unique opportunity,” says an Archibald who has won medals in high-profile international competitions such as the Commonwealth Games. “I hope to achieve good results for next season, especially in the time trials. Of course fighting for good results in the races we will face will be an exciting step forward that I am looking forward to. I didn’t know much about the foundation before joining the team, but it is of course great to be associated with its cause”.
Based on the Isle of Man, the strong climber Christian has more experience on the road at international level, with performances consisting of the Tour de Yorkshire (7th in 2017) or the Tour de Austria (13th in 2019), experience in Monuments (two Liège-Bastoon-Liège in his bag) and three-week laps (Tour 2017).
“I’m looking forward to starting this adventure. I was aware of the steps being taken at the Contador Foundation to make the jump to the ProTeam category. Sean Yates contacted me, explained what he expected from next year and I immediately agreed to sign. Being able to run some of the most important races in the world is a huge opportunity and I am very grateful to the whole team, with Alberto and Ivan at the helm, for this opportunity. I hope I can help EOLO-KOMETA to achieve its goals. I can’t wait to start working with coach Carlos Barredo and the rest of the team”.
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