Trek-Segafredo is pleased to announce they have reached an agreement with Tsgabu Grmay and Nicola Conci, thus completing their roster for 2018.
Twenty-six-year-old Grmay, who joins from Bahrain-Merida, is the current Ethiopian Time Trial champion and combines his TT-skills with a predilection for long climbing efforts.
Grmay: “I’m very happy about this move. Trek-Segafredo really stood out for me because they offer a very professional guidance for their athletes. I am confident that within this team I can continue my development as a rider in the best circumstances.”
“I really like stage races because they suit me better than one-day races. Of course, it would be a dream come true if one day I would be able to win a stage there. But let’s take it step by step. I want to keep learning and improving and will give it my all, and who knows, maybe one day, achieve that ultimate goal. In the meantime, I will honor my jersey, my team and my country. Being the first Ethiopian rider ever who turned pro (in 2012-ed), I feel the support of the whole country standing behind me and that gives me the strength to keep going until the bitter end.”
Nicola Conci, 20, seventh overall and second in the youth classification of this year’s ‘Baby Giro’ (under-23 Giro d'Italia) will make his debut in the WorldTour in 2018. “Turning pro is a dream for every young rider; being able to do that in of the biggest teams in the world makes it even more mindboggling,” he stated.
“The next years I hope to perform well and be able to help the team like I could do in the Tour of Denmark, where Mads (Pedersen) won. That was really an amazing experience.”
“I would describe myself as a climber-allrounder. I am at my best in very hard races with enough climbs on the parcours. The Ardennes are my favorite terrain, and Liège is my all-time favorite classic. If only one day I could win there, I would be so happy. But of course, being Italian, I also love the Giro d’Italia, and especially the races with starts or finishes in Trentino, where I was born and raised. I wouldn’t say no to a victory there either. Who knows, one day…”
Luca Guercilena, General Manager Trek-Segafredo: “With Tsgabu (Grmay) and Nicola (Conci) we complete our line-up for next year and I must say I am proud of the team we pulled together. We will have 28 riders representing 18 nationalities, who all have their own strengths and capabilities that will be very complementary one to another. That will allow us to show some fireworks during the whole season.”
“Tsgabu has shown over the past few years that he’s a decent time trialist and climber. Moreover, as his results point out, he often seems to improve during the second half of stage races. He recovers really well from long-lasting efforts which makes him specifically apt to help our GC-riders.”
“We had been following Nicola together with Mapei Training Center for quite some time within our youth development program. He joined us during our summer training camp in Orcières-Merlette and based on his lab and field tests, we decided to give him a chance as a stagiaire for some races in the second half of the season. He didn’t prove us wrong; on the contrary, he showed he could hold his ground in the pro peloton. We see his potential and want to give him the opportunity to grow and develop further within our team."
Roster for 2018: Eugenio Alafaci (ITA), Fumiyuki Beppu (JPN), Julien Bernard (FRA), Gianluca Brambilla (ITA), Matthias Brändle (AUT), Nicola Conci (ITA), Koen de Kort (NLD), Greg Daniel (USA), John Degenkolb (DEU), Laurent Didier (LUX), Niklas Eg (DNK), Fabio Felline (ITA), Alex Frame (NZL), Michael Gogl (AUT), Tsgabu Grmay (ETH), Ruben Guerreiro (PRT), Markel Irizar (ESP), Bauke Mollema (NLD), Ryan Mullen (IRL), Giacomo Nizzolo (ITA), Jarlinson Pantano (COL), Mads Pedersen (DNK), Grégory Rast (CHE), Kiel Reijnen (USA), Toms Skujins (LVA), Peter Stetina (USA), Jasper Stuyven (BEL), Boy van Poppel (NLD).