Mexican TT champion Villalobos signs unique deal with EF Education First-Drapac

05 September 2018 11:25
In an unusual deal worked out between Luis Villalobos, his U23 development team and EF Education First-Drapac, the 20-year-old Mexican time trial champion will jump to the WorldTour team next summer following a spring of racing with his current Continental team Aevolo. The three-year deal with EF Education First-Drapac covers the 2019, 2020 and 2021 seasons, but Villalobos will continue to ride with Aevolo through the spring of next year, likely joining the WorldTour team in June, according to Aevolo Director Michael Creed. Villalobos, who signed with Aevolo in 2017, won the Mexican time trial championship in June, then in August claimed the Best Young Rider's jersey and finished eighth overall at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, won by LottoNL-Jumbo's Sepp Kuss.ADVERTISEMENT Villalobos rode consistently well though the week and climbed with the best in the race. He was fourth on the stage 2 climb up and over Mount Nebo, where Kuss won and took the overall lead. Villalobos followed that performance with eighth on the Queen stage to Snowbird Resort and eighth again on the final day over Empire Pass into Park City. "[EF-Drapac General Manager Jonathan Vaughters] started texting me during Tour of Utah after Luis' first big ride," Creed told Cyclingnews. "Then, when he backed it up with his ride to Snowbird, JV and I were talking more." Before the final stage in Utah, Villalobos told Cyclingnews he was only focused on the rest of the season with Aevolo and hadn't yet considered his options for next year. But it wasn't long before the offers started rolling in. You can read more at . read full article

Source: Cycling News