#PinkArgyle is pleased to announce that Matti Breschel has extended his contract with the EF Pro Cycling organization. Breschel — a fan and staff favorite who isn’t afraid to belt out old rock and roll songs on the bus — has long been a steady hand in the northern classics and reliable captain.
Breschel has twice ridden for the team.. His first stint in argyle came in 2016; he left for the following season but returned at the start of 2018.
“It was totally a no brainer for me. I was hoping the whole year to re-sign, and I’m happy it worked out. I’m thrilled to be a part of the team for next year,” Breschel said. “I’m already looking forward to the classics. Helping a guy like Sep Vanmarcke gives me a lot of inspiration.”
The upcoming season will be Breschel’s 15th as a professional cyclist. The 33-year-old Dane has nine stage wins at the Tour of Denmark on his palmares, a victory at the Tour de Luxembourg and a win at the Philadelphia International Championship. He’s finished both second and third in the Worlds road race (2010, 2008, respectively).
“I’m super happy,” said Breschel. “I like riding for this team — there’s a democratic feel, no rigid hierarchy, and a friendship among riders. And we turn it on when we need to.”
“It’s great to be able to bring Matti back,” EF Pro Cycling CEO Jonathan Vaughters said. “He’s a solid rider in many different types of races. Ok, the classics we know he’s reliable as a helper and also capable of striking off on his own, should tactics allow. But also in a road captain sense he’s very good. He knows where guys are supposed to be and when, and we can trust him to keep riders in good position. He can lead out a sprint, too.”