EF Education First-Drapac riders to take part in ultra-endurance events as part of new Rapha sponsorship

The British clothing company will be returning to a WorldTour team after splitting with Team Sky in 2016

EF Education First-Drapac will be sponsored by Rapha from 2019
Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Riders from WorldTour team EF Education First-Drapac are set to ride a series of “alternative” events such as the Three Peaks cyclo cross race and the Transcontinental ultra-endurance race, as part of the team’s new partnership with clothing brand Rapha.

James Fairbank, central marketing director of Rapha, said the “alternative calendar”, as its being called, “was built out of the WorldTour calendar being so confusing”.

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