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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-EasyPost, newly changed for the 2022 season. 

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.

The American team finished a lowly sixteenth on the UCI World Team Ranking in 2021, and will look to achieve better results in the 2022 campaign as a result. 

The team did secure some impressive stage wins during the course of the season though, with Magnus Cort providing the majority of victories. He triumphed on stage eight of Paris-Nice, and stages six, 12 and 19 at the Vuelta a España, while Alberto Bettiol won stage eight of the Giro d'Italia, Neilson Powless won the Clásica de San Sebastián, and Stefan Bissenger secured stage three at Paris-Nice.

EF Education-EasyFirst 2022 squad

Daniel Arroyave (COL)
Alberto Bettiol (ITA)
Stefan Bissegger (SUI)
Jonathan Caicedo (ECU)
Diego Camargo (COL)
Simon Carr (GBR)
Hugh Carthy (GBR)
Esteban Chaves (COL)
Magnus Cort (DEN)
Owain Doull (GBR)
Odd Christian Eiking (NOR)
Ruben Guerreiro (POR)
Ben Healy (IRL)
Alex Howes (USA)
Jens Keukeleire (BEL)
Merhawi Kudus (ERI)
Sebastian Langeveld (NED)
Lachlan Morton (AUS)
Hideto Nakane (JPN)
Mark Padun (UKR)
Neilson Powless (USA)
Sean Quinn (USA)
Jonas Rutsch (GER)
Tom Scully (NZL)
James Shaw (GBR)
Georg Steinhauser (GER)
Rigoberto Urán (COL)
Michael Valgren (DEN)
Julius van den Berg (NED)
Marijn van den Berg (NED)
Łukasz Wiśniowski (POL)