“Cycling in Mexico has a lot of potential, but the main thing it is missing is instilling confidence in its athletes that we can accomplish everything everyone else can. I think that’s the main thing I’ve accomplished that not a lot of Mexicans before me have. I saw bigger than Mexico and the Mexican Federation.
Mexican time trial champion Luis Villalobos joined EF Education First Pro Cycling in July 2019. It was a historical moment for Mexico. Luis is the first Mexican to reach the WorldTour.
Villalobos caught the attention of WorldTour teams at the 2018 Tour of Utah. Riding for UCI Continental outfit Aevolo, Villalobos matched the WorldTour riders up Utah’s toughest climbs, finishing eighth overall and winning the best young rider’s white jersey.
The 21-year-old’s path was paved by his father. Juan Francisco Villalobos rode professionally in Mexico with the Canel’s Turbo squad, and he also competed abroad. The younger Villalobos credits his father with teaching him to prioritize a sound mind alongside a strong body.