EF Education First Pro Cycling will build a sprint squad around one of cycling’s most exciting young talents in 2020: Kristoffer Halvorsen. The Norwegian enjoyed incredible success in the U23 ranks punctuated by the 2016 U23 road world title. He moves to EF Education First following two years with Team Ineos.
“From day one, I got a good feeling for EF and their desire to rely on me as a sprinter,” said Halvorsen. “My impression is that the team has a good environment and a culture that will suit me. This feels like the right choice to help me achieve my goals as a cyclist.”
Halvorsen’s biggest win is undoubtedly his U23 world title on the flat, windswept roads of Doha, Qatar. He took two professional victories earlier this year, sprint stages at the Herald Sun Tour and Tour of Norway.
“Kristoffer is a great talent, and it’s up to us now to help him realize that talent,” said EF Education First Pro Cycling CEO Jonathan Vaughters. “Our sports science and sport directors group is motivated to make this guy a champion. As an organization, we’re only missing one monument on the trophy mantle, and that’s Milan-Sanremo. Halvorsen is our ticket to getting that last one over the fireplace.”
Ask Halverson about his goals, and his response is clear as it is simple. He wants to win as often as he can and help his teammates do the same.
“I’m a sprinter that really, really likes to win and hates to lose,” said Halvorsen. “I want to help us win together as a team, help us develop as a team.”
While Halverson’s life as a professional cyclist has provided him with ample opportunity to travel the globe, his favorite way to explore the world is at home.
“I love Norwegian nature,” said Halvorsen. “Skiing the Norwegian winter landscape in the off-season is fantastic. The environment is something that everyone must take responsibility for so the next generation will have the same possibilities to use nature that we do.”