Fast-Step AlphaVinyl introduced on Thursday the crew launched Danish rider Mikkel Honoré from his contract and minutes later, EF Schooling-EasyPost confirmed the arrival of the 25-year-old. The swap comes a day after EF Schooling-EasyPost launched Ruben Guerreiro, who will be part of the Movistar Workforce in 2023.
Honoré began his profession as a trainee for QuickStep in 2018 and spent 4 seasons with the crew, whose supervisor Patrick Lefevere described him as “a really gifted and versatile rider” and “a selfless crew participant”.
He’ll be part of newcomers Richard Carapaz and Andrey Amador in transferring to EF-EasyPost, and may have extra alternatives to struggle for outcomes after 4 seasons racing in help of QuickStep’s crew leaders.
“I’m simply tremendous excited,” Honoré mentioned within the crew’s press launch. “It’s a new begin and chapter for me, and I am unable to wait to fulfill the entire administration, riders, and employees and get going for subsequent 12 months.
“I can race in virtually each form of terrain and hopefully deliver a great temper and environment to the crew,” Mikkel says. “I like to race and assault and am trying ahead to getting extra alternatives with EF. I’m excited to go to races with a plan to take the win. I do know I’ve the extent and the capability to take action. We’re going to have an excellent crew.”
A winner of a stage within the Itzulia Basque Nation in 2021 the place he escaped with teammate Josef Cerny from a six-man breakaway, Honoré additionally gained a stage that 12 months within the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali the place he escaped with race chief Jonas Vingegaard on the ultimate stage. He additionally made the profitable transfer within the 2021 Clasica San Sebastian, ending third behind EF-EasyPost’s Neilson Powless.
“Mikkel will probably be a terrific asset for the crew in hilly classics and the grand excursions,” EF Schooling-EasyPost CEO Jonathan Vaughters mentioned within the press launch. “He has confirmed that he is a top-class help rider and, in the event you take a look at his outcomes, he’s knocking on the door of a giant win himself.
“This can be a man who has already gained a stage on the Tour of the Basque Nation, and that is likely one of the hardest races on the market. We will welcome him into the crew and let him present us what he can do. He is a sensible, considerate man and goes to suit proper in.”