‘Infectious positivity’ helped Jack Rootkin-Gray earn his first WorldTour ride with EF Education-EasyPost

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Jack Rootkin-Gray
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Jack Rootkin-Gray has heaped praise on the team ethos and culture at Saint Piran and has said that it helped him earn a WorldTour move for next year.

American WorldTour giants EF Education-EasyPost recently announced that they had completed the signing of Rootkin-Gray meaning that the 20-year-old Brit will make his debut at cycling’s highest level in 2024.

Speaking to Cycling Weekly, Rootkin-Gray said the initial interest from EF arose at the start of the year after he won the Ringerike GP in Norway. A deal was then struck and signed off just before the recent World Championships in Glasgow.

Rootkin-Gray said: “There was some interest after I won the first UCI of the year in Norway, and then I did some physical testing with them [EF Education-EasyPost]. I then won another race and the move was all sorted pretty quickly just before the Worlds.

“I don't really know how much interest there was [from other teams]. That was the team that me and my agent thought would suit me the best. That was my number one choice so I went with that one as soon as I was offered the chance to.

“I think they've got a really quite refreshing attitude. Obviously, I think your priority is to be happy over anything really, I think that's the main precursor for performance. I'd quite like to have a bit of input into what I do and why we do things, rather than just being told. I quite like to maybe have a bit more input myself and that's something that they support. So that was a big attraction to me.”

Jack Rootkin-Gray

Rootkin-Gray [left] in action in Glasgow

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