EF Education First Pro Cycling

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The merging together of WorldTour teams Cannondale and Garmin-Sharp in 2015 created the team that evolved into what we now know as EF Education First Pro Cycling.

At the time of the merger, the team maintained more remnants from the old American Garmin team than it did from Cannondale, with big names like Peter Sagan going elsewhere.

There was a period of rebuilding during the 2015 and 2016 seasons, which were largely devoid of major results for the team. There were some changes in riders, too with previous team leaders Daniel Martin and Ryder Hesjedal leaving the squad.

The signing of Rigoberto Uran for the 2016 season paid off the following year, when the Colombian placed second in the 2017 Tour de France and took a stage win – the team’s highest-ever placing in the race.

However, Uran’s success in the Tour did not help attract much needed sponsorship to ensure that the squad survived into the 2018 season. Team manager Jonathan Vaughters worked hard to find a new sponsor at the end of 2017, and a crowd-funding page was set up to assist in raising money.

The work paid off, as EF Education First was announced as a new title sponsor, with Drapac as co-title sponsor and the team’s continuation was secured for 2018.

Becoming EF Education First Pro Cycling for 2019, the team broke the mould by signing some of its riders up to non-UCI ultra distance races. It also partnered with Rapha, releasing a stand-out kit with unconventional supporter’s ‘bucket hats’.