“Ruben is bold, but he can back it up.”
– Jonathan Vaughters
For Ruben Guerreiro, joining EF Education First Pro Cycling feels like coming home. Although he is Portuguese, Guerreiro grew up in an American development team, Axeon Hagens Berman. EF Education First Pro Cycling’s American roots, riders and cultures proved attractive for him.
“I developed as a U23 rider with Axeon,” explains Guerreiro. “I learned English with the team. For me this is a homecoming. America is my second country, and I’m really happy to come home to an American team, EF Education First.”
The 25-year-old has shown promise in the one-day races and as a stage hunter and, following his maiden Grand Tour, harbors ambitions in the three-week races.
“I did my first Vuelta this year, and I was surprised with what I could do,” Guerreiro, who finished 17th overall, notes. “I’m really looking forward to continuing to grow as a Grand Tour rider.”
Guerreiro completed his neo-pro seasons, his first two years in the WorldTour with Trek-Segafredo, before moving over to Katusha-Alpecin for a season. His ride at the Vuelta ultimately earned him a spot with EF Education First Pro Cycling.
“Ruben is bold, but he can back it up,” EF Education First Pro Cycling CEO Jonathan Vaughters explains. “During contract negotiations, he told me he wouldn’t accept my offer, that he was worth more. He told me to watch the Vuelta the next day and that he’d show me. He didn’t win the stage, but he came second. I was impressed.”
When Guerreiro thinks about world travel, he thinks about the United States first.
“California is a part of the world that I want to go,” he says. “I have been once already for the Amgen Tour of California and something moved me there. I want to go back. I don’t know why. I can’t name it. I just know that I motivated to return and to race well there.”
Guerreiro is excited to share his story with his new EF Education First co-workers.
“I want them to know we don’t just jump on the bike and pedal, pedal, pedal,” he says. “There’s much more to it than that. I want to teach my new co-workers how we prepare every single detail, how we work, how the group around you in the most important thing. I also want them to know that we do so many races around the world and that all the travel gives us experience with different people, different cultures, and that those things, not only cycling, make us who we are.”