André Cardoso joins Trek-Segafredo after three years with Cannondale-Drapac. He is an agile climber at his best in three-week Grand Tours pacing the team's GC leader through the mountains. He embraces his role as a domestique, knowing when the leader wins, the team wins.
André, 32, has ridden the Vuelta a España four times, the Giro d'Italia three, but has yet to toe the start line of the most iconic of the Grand Tours, the Tour de France. He hopes to get his first taste of the world's biggest cycling race with Trek-Segafredo, and a dream would be supporting Alberto Contador to the overall victory.
A relatively late bloomer to the sport, he first picked up cycling between the ages of 14-15. Using a heavy, slow mountain bike, André joined his local club and easily kept up with the other boys - then had to persuade his father to purchase a new, pricey road bike, something beyond the family's means. He got the bike and made good on his early promise: Andre turned professional in 2006 and his first race, the Volta ao Algarve, rode to a stunning 9th overall – one place ahead of his idol at the time, Chechu Rubiera.
André has several top-20 finishes in stage races. He counts his biggest accolade when he won the queen stage and finished second overall in the Volta a Portugal (2011). It was a memorable moment for a climber in front of his home country fans.
When the demands of cycling are not pulling him away from home, André spends his time with his wife and three-year-old son.