Steinhauser signs with team
German to balance the WorldTour alongside a metal work apprenticeship
Georg Steinhauser will join EF Education-NIPPO in 2022, marking his WorldTour debut.
Steinhauser is coming off of another stellar season, boasting a third place at U-23 Il Lombardia, a second place on GC at the Tour of Bulgaria, a stage win at the Giro Ciclistico della Valle d’Acosta-Mont Blanc, and a second place on the final stage at the Tour de l’Avenir.
Though only 19-years-old, he also lists among his race results a stage win at the Oberosterreich Juniorenrundfahrt, the GC win at the Ain Bugey Valromey Tour, and the King of the Mountains jersey at the LVM Saarland Trofeo.
Steinhauser’s diverse skills make him a well-rounded stage racer. “I go quite well over the mountains. My time trials are not too bad. I prefer long and hard races, especially stage races. I like that they don’t depend on just one moment and I think they suit me better as a rider.”
Not only has Steinhauser committed himself to professional cycling, he will also continue to be a full-time student through the entire 2022 season. He has had to learn to balance his ongoing metal work apprenticeship with racing and training. “I work everyday from 7am to 12:30pm. In the afternoon, I’m out on the bike. That’s how I manage it. It’s a bit busy,” he says matter-of-factly.
Team CEO Jonathan Vaughters is not only impressed with Steinhauser’s results so far, but he also sees a lot of growth in the young rider’s future. “Georg is, I think, potentially the most talented Under-23 rider in the world right now,” Vaughters says. “That doesn’t mean that he’s the best Under-23 rider in the world right now. The thing to understand about Georg is that his father was a professional cyclist and his father was very insistent that Georg finish his schooling before he dedicates himself to cycling which is actually very rare in the world of cycling. Georg has been sort of a part-time cyclist and has a very limited race schedule because he’s had to complete his trade school. I basically came to an agreement with his agent and his dad that we are going to allow him to complete his studies. Of course he’s going to race with the team, but there are going to be moments where if he needs to have a little time away to complete schoolwork, and we’re going to work with him on that.”
Steinhauser realizes that his full schedule may not have allowed him to reach his full potential yet but, he says, “I’m proud that I could achieve so many goals this year even though I’m working half the day and training half the day and still be able to ride at the front of a race.”
Vaughters agrees, saying, “Don’t underestimate him. I think maybe his talent will be a little bit slow in surfacing because of the fact that he’s still working on being a student but make no mistake. I think he ends up being on a slower trajectory but I think he ends up being one of the top stage racers in the world.”
In some ways, coming to EF will make racing and training easier for Steinhauser. “Everything will be way more professional and organized than it is at the Continental level. Also, I never really thought about things like nutrition. I’ve just been riding on feeling. I think I can learn a lot in this area.”
Learning is important to the young German. He worked hard in school to become fluent in English, telling his teachers, “The only thing I really needed in school was English. Math, I didn’t need that complicated stuff but English I had to use so it made sense for me to learn.”
Continuing to learn is among his main goals for the 2022 season. “I’m very excited to ride beside my teammates and learn from them. I want to make as few mistakes as possible. Even in the moments when things aren’t going well, I still see the good and find opportunities to learn. I want to improve from year to year, from season to season, but it’s definitely a goal to win races.”
This deep appreciation for learning and reflection is part of the reason why Steinhauser wanted to come to EF. “The name EF says it all: Education First.”
Another reason why he signed for the pink team? “This team is about innovation. They are not working with old technology and gear. Instead, they’re racing gravel and being open-minded. I don’t feel like you can compare them to ‘normal’ teams. With EF, I feel like I have a new point of view of cycling.”
We love your perspective, Georg, and we can’t wait for next season.