EF Pro Cycling is excited to announce that Julien El Fares will race with us in 2021. The Frenchman rode for UCI ProTeam Nippo–Delko–One Provence and will join former teammates Fumiyuki Beppu and Hideto Nakane next year at the WorldTour level. “This is a wonderful team with a good mentality. It definitely corresponds to my way of cycling,” said El Fares.
As for his other new teammates, he’s shared many a starting line with our riders in the past and even remembers seeing a young Alex Howes riding through his hometown of Provence. “I am delighted to join the EF family and discover new friends,” he said.
It’s clear that El Fares’ mentality definitely aligns with that of EF Pro Cycling’s. When asked about what he’s looking forward to most next year, it’s having an opportunity to mentor young riders. “I’m excited to bring my experience around European races to them and help the overall team in getting the best possible results.”
El Fares was born in Manosque, France and turned professional with Cofidis in 2008. In 2009, he won the Tour de Wallonie and also won a stage at Tirreno–Adriatico that year. Before that, he began on U-23 teams AVC Aix and VC La Pomme Marseille. Cycling has been a passion for El Fares since he was six-years-old, and he had a pretty aspirational role model from his hometown. “I still live in Manosque, in Provence, most famous for its magnificent lavender fields than for cycling hero Edouard Fachleitner. He finished second in the Tour de France in 1947.” As a French rider, it’s no surprise that the Tour de France has a special place in his heart. “It’s definitely my favorite race to ride in,” said El Fares.
Growing up though, watching the Belgium Classics was his favorite pastime. “I was always fascinated by them. I was really impressed last year by the victory of Alberto Bettiol at Flandres last year,” said El Fares.
Yet there’s no location he’d rather take a long ride in other than his hometown of Provence. “My whole life is linked to my territory. It’s probably the best place in the world for cycling,” said El Fares. And like many cyclists, he spends a lot of time focusing on good nutrition to keep him fueled throughout his training. “I love healthy organic food. After a ride, my favorite dish is simple: a bowl of white cheese, with almond butter, red fruits, oats and coconut cream,” said El Fares.
As for his off-season plans, Julien is thinking only about one thing: 2021. “No plans other than my preparation. I’m 100 percent focused on my season,” said El Fares. “I’m so grateful to EF Pro Cycling. I really look forward to showing the best Julien El Fares next year.”