Magnus Cort Nielsen joins EF Education First in 2020

“Explore the world doesn’t mean traveling halfway around the world. Adventure lies around every corner.”

– Magnus Cort Nielsen

EF Education First Pro Cycling is proud to announce Magnus Cort Nielsen as its latest signing. The Dane will join the team in 2020.

“I’ve heard great things about the team, especially from Matti Breschel,” said Cort Nielsen. “The most important thing for me in selecting a team is its people, and it’s clear that this is a group where I’ll fit in well. As a bonus, the team is located in Girona, where I spend a a lot of time training, and speaks English as its main language, which is important to me.” 

The 26-year-old ticked several boxes for EF Education First Pro Cycling as well. A proven winner in the WorldTour, Cort Nielsen comes to the team with a Tour de France stage win (2018) and two Vuelta a España stage wins (2016). His most recent victory was at Paris-Nice last March. He’s handy on the flat roads in Netherlands, comfortable in the mountains, and able to play an important role in the team time trial.

“Magnus brings a versatility and winning mindset to the team,” said EF Education First Pro Cycling CEO Jonathan Vaughters. “He’s a talented rider in various terrains. He was climbing in the front during the last week of the Tour de France, can win from small groups or breaks with his speed, and is a very clever rider in tactically complex situations.”

“I’m happy in many different roles,” said Cort Nielsen. “I’m able to work for a general classification leader, help in the lead-out train or carry a leadership role myself. I hope to have my chances to win some races next year.”

Cort Nielsen hails from Bornholm, a small Danish island in the Baltic Sea. He moved away from home, relocating to mainland Denmark, to join a sports school when he was 16.

“I followed my dream to be a cyclist at an early age,” said Cort Nielsen. “I learned to stand on my own legs early on.”

He lives 2000-kilometers away from Bornholm now, spending the cycling season in Girona and Andorra, but returns home frequently to visit family and friends. He loves science and technology, uses time away from the bike to backpack, and explores the world at every opportunity.

“For me explore the world doesn’t mean traveling halfway around the world,” Cort Nielsen explained. “Adventure lies around every corner. I explore the world by getting out into the it and opening my eyes to experience all that I see rather than go through each day in autopilot.”