Jonathan Caicedo makes the move to the WorldTour with EF Pro Cycling in 2019. The Ecuadorian won Vuelta Colombia last month and finished second in Vuelta Asturias.
“This is a new stage in my sporting life,” said Caicedo. “I have to thank EF Education First – Drapac p/b Cannondale for the opportunity they have provided. This is the most important step I have made professionally.”
“Caicedo is our wild card bet,” said EF Pro Cycling CEO Jonathan Vaughters. “I started observing him after his breakthrough result at Vuelta Asturias. He got second to Richard Carapaz (Movistar), who went on to finish in fourth place at the Giro. That’s the result that caught my attention. Caicedo’s win in Vuelta Colombia, while not a UCI race anymore but is still every bit as hard, sealed the deal for me. He knows how to win a race at high altitude, low altitude. The harder, the better.”
“My great pride is winning Vuelta Colombia,” said Caicedo. “It told me I have the capacity for big things.”
Vaughters expects that Caicedo will start his first Grand Tour in his first season in #PinkArgyle.
“Likely he’ll race the Giro or Vuelta,” said Vaughters. “He’ll probably start his season at Oro y Paz and work toward the Giro. That would be my guess. He’s a good time trialist, and he’s a good climber. He has a fair little sprint on him, too. I think he’s a guy for riding general classification in mountainous stage races.”
Caicedo has raced for South American continental teams for the last four years. He most recently spent a single season at Medellin, the Colombian team that hails from future teammate’s Rigoberto Uran’s hometown.
He joins the team on the recommendation from Carapaz. The Giro stage winner vouched for the 25-year-old.
“I don’t know much about Ecuadorian cycling,” said Vaughters. “Carapaz recommended him and called himself Caicedo’s biggest fan. They grew up racing together.
“We have a really great reputation in South America,” Vaughters added. “We have guys from South America that want to come to our team, and we’re happy to give the guys that really enjoy our team spirit an opportunity to be a part of it.”
Caicedo is excited not only to join a new team but also a new company.
“I want my new EF co-workers to know that I’m proud to be a part of something bigger than a cycling team,” said Caicedo. “I’m focused on the bike. Away from the bike, I’m like anyone else with hopes and dreams. I’m sociable with people, and I hope I’m recognized as a humble person.”