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Fumiyuki Beppu joins EF Pro Cycling
Japanese rider brings experience and versatility to squad
EF Pro Cycling is proud to announce the addition of Fumiyuki Beppu to its ranks for 2021. The Japanese veteran is making the move back into the WorldTour after a year-long stint with the French Pro team – NIPPO DELKO One Provence.
Beppu, who will be entering his 17th year as a professional rider next season, is looking forward to the move back to the highest level. “I am excited for this opportunity to contribute to EF Pro Cycling in 2021,” he said. “My impression of the team is that it is a professional cycling team that is unique and always has gorgeous cycling kits and bicycles. The team does great at the Classics and at the GrandTours and the teamwork is always solid. I am excited to ride with them as a team.”
Over his career, Beppu has accumulated five Japanese national titles – two in the road race and three in the individual time trial – and was crowned the Asian road race champion in 2008. While he excels at one-day races and has ridden in every Monument, Beppu is also an accomplished GrandTour rider, competing in six.
“I am highly motivated, which is probably my best asset as a rider,” explained Beppu. “Having experiences in many different types of races such as GrandTours or Monuments is also a strength that has allowed me to keep being successful so far.
For Fumiyuki, racing in the WorldTour is a childhood dream that came true which makes this move back to the WorldTour all the more special for him.
“I started racing when I was 9 years old. My dream was to become a professional cyclist in Europe. After graduating from high school, I went to Europe and raced in the French amateur category for three years, where my results were recognized and I was able to become a professional rider,” he said.
He currently lives in the AIN province of France — a place often frequented by cycling’s biggest races. Beppu loves exploring the mountains surrounding his home.
“I currently live in the AIN province of France, which is often included in the course of the Tour de France, Critérium du Dauphiné, Tour de l’AIN and Tour de l’Avenir,” explained Beppu. “In those races, I ride my training course in races, which is always a strange feeling. Personally, I really enjoy riding the Grand Colombier and the beautiful Bugey mountains.”
This year however, like many cyclists worldwide, Beppu had to get used to long training sessions on the indoor trainer. “When I was finally able to ride outside again, I realized just how happy my bicycle made me and it relit the love I had for riding my bike,” said Beppu.
And while he was able to rekindle his love for riding this year, for Beppu, there is nothing quite as beautiful as riding with his daughter. “I love going on bike rides with my daughter on the weekends. I bought a Cannondale kids bike for her Christmas present, and I love watching her grow up on the bike.”
Welcome to EF Pro Cycling, Fumiyuki!