EvoPro Racing the Irish Professional Cycling team, announces 17–man roster for its debut season in 2019. The team has signed world class race-proven talent from eight different countries, showcasing one of the world’s most international rosters. The team ethos is built on creating an environment for professional riders to grow their race performances and cycling talent in a balanced and healthy team environment.
“EvoPro was born out of pure passion for the sport of cycling and a belief that we can build a sustainable multi-year project focusing on exceptional talent and strength of character in our athletes,” said Morgan Fox Sports Director of EvoPro Racing. “We will provide a platform where riders develop alongside the team in a sports/life balanced way. We aim to utilize the diverse and unique characteristics of our riders, to tell their stories and enjoy the ‘ride’ bringing a value facet to our program as a collective business.”
EvoPro secured a 2019 UCI Continental license, making it the only professional cycling program in Ireland for 2019. With five young Irish riders, the team will work to foster the growth of the sport of cycling in Ireland and building the race program internationally. UCI World Tour riders Eugenio Alafaci (ITA), Shane Archbold (NZ), Cyrus Monk (AUS) and Wouter Wippert (NED) Grand Tour experience and collectively over 25 UCI wins to the Irish team. Combine that race experience with young powerful talent and the team houses a speed- focused squad with some of the sport’s strongest lead-out riders and sprinters. The team looks to contend in the major UCI races in Europe, Asia and Australia.
At the helm of the new team are well-known Irish cycling figures Morgan Fox and PJ Nolan. Fox, an ex-pro and former Irish national champion, is the Head Sports Director. Fox raced professionally for many years in Europe and brings strong race understanding and management experience. The man at the center of the Evo Pro Cycling team is Nolan, former Cycling Ireland president and past RTE broadcaster. Nolan will serve as general manager of the new squad.
“There is a big gap in cycling where riders can fall off a cliff face if they don’t get the results by 23 years of age. This doesn’t allow some riders to develop at the rate they need to reach their full potential or for many in an environment that works with their growth style. Our team is built on respect for riders and an atmosphere that will maximize everyone’s potential. EvoPro will contest over 120 days of racing throughout the world with a roster of prolific winners. We have picked a team that can work together and deliver spectacular results for our investors and partners, and showcase the passion and integrity that is cycling,” said Nolan.
Matteo Cigala, former U23 cycling talent, will serve as Performance Manager and Sports Director, along with Sports Director John Dam.
“I am really excited about 2019. Things are going really well at the training camp at the moment, with each rider and with the program. It’s a really strong team and they are riding really well in preparation for next year. Everyone is having good fun and the team are in great spirits,” said Cigala.
The team will work collaboratively on activations with its partners and offer the riders a more educational role in business and marketing of sports. Professional cycling is a sport career that allows the athletes to have a direct contact with the fans and sponsors of the sport. EvoPro Racing will create learning opportunities for its athletes around the world as they race. With the roster of athletes all under the age of 29, the potential of the program on the racecourse and off is a unique platform and a viable professional sport model.
“We built our roster around the personality, the raw talent and the potential of each athlete, with a view of how each rider would work with the others. I believe that you first create the environment to allow your team to mold together and then you start moving forward,” added Nolan.
EvoPro Racing opens the 2019 season with a split squad, one at the New Zealand Cycling Classic and Herald Sun Tour and the other in Mallorca Challenge.
2019 EvoPro Racing
Eugenio Alafaci (ITA) 28
Shane Archbold (NZL) 29
Mark Downey (IRL) 22
Albert Muella Galvez (SPA) 22
Aaron Gate (NZL) 28
Daire Feeley (IRL) 22
Aaron Kearney (IRL) 20
Seid Lizde (ITA) 23
Cormac Mc Geough (IRL) 22
Dominic Mestre (POR) 24
Cyrus Monk (AUS) 22
Luke Mudgway (NZL) 22
Harry Sweeny (AUS) 20
Matthew Teggart (IRL) 22
Daniel Whitehouse (GBR) 23
Wouter Wippert (NED) 28
Eugert Zhupa (ALB) 28
General Manager Patrick J Nolan (IRL)
Head Sports Director Morgan Fox (IRL)
Sports Director: John Dam (AUS)
Sports Director: Matteo Cigala (ITA)
Athlete Performance Manager: Matteo Cigala (ITA)
Doctor: Julian Dalby (IRL)
Chartered Physiotherapist: Keith Fox MISCP
Soigneurs: Stefan Szrek (BEL), Jeanette Ferris (AUS), Robert Fox (IRL)
Sports Psychologist: Alan Heary (IRL)
Mechanic: Brian Stewart