One of the new young talents recruited by Trek-Segafredo is Michael Gogl. The Austrian joined Tinkoff as a stagiaire in 2015 and after a successful internship was signed to his first WorldTour contract last year.
Although 2016 was his first pro season, Michael could handle the challenge, showing a maturity beyond his years. He was part of the team behind Peter Sagan's win in the Tour of Flanders and impressed with his selfless work for Alberto Contador while still managing a fourth place finish in the longest stage at the Vuelta a España, his first Grand Tour.
Like most Austrians, cycling was not Michael's first choice: tennis, running, football (soccer) and, of course, downhill skiing all took precedence over the bicycle. It was at the age of 15 when the realization of a professional skiing career was fading that he turned his attention more seriously to his off-season activity – he was using the bike to keep in shape for skiing – and found his niche.
Michael is at home in the hills and found that going up, not down, is his real strength. He hopes to find his best form in the Ardennes Classics but also has his eye on making the Tour de France squad. With huge ambitions and a great attitude to match, Michael has a dream of one day being World Champion. "Why not dream big?" he said.
Trek-Segafredo has an excellent reputation in developing young riders, and he sees the team as the best fit for him. There is no doubt that Trek-Segafredo added another promising talent to its 2017 roster, giving the team a more youthful outlook as it continues to invest in its future.