New faces in UCI World Tour teams
Updated: Jan 3
Baltic cycling has good times. There will be 9 riders in different World Tour teams in 2020. Everybody already know's Tanel Kangert (EF-Education) from Estonia and Toms Skujins (Trek Segafredo) from Latvia. They have a long history of top level racing behind them at mens World Tour level and have made their name in Grand Tours. There is also Finland's Lotta Henttala (Lepistö), winner of the women's Gent-Wevelgem 2017. She is riding for the women's World Tour level team Trek-Segafredo. It means that there are six new names in 2020. Finland's Jaakko Hänninen signed for Ag2r-LaMondiale from 1st August 2019, but 2020 will be his first full year at this level. Jaakko is a climber and we expect to see him doing well in the mountain stages of the Grand Tours. From Latvia we have two guys stepping up, hilly classics rider Krists Neilands is making this move together with his team Israel Cycling Academy. Sprinter Emils Leipins joins fellow Latvian Toms Skujins in Trek Segafredo. There will also be two Estonians in Israel Cycling Academy, Mihkel Räim and neo-professional Norman Vahtra. Both guys like the cobbled classics and punchy sprints. The biggest move of the year will be done by Martin Laas, who joins Bora Hansgrohe. He will be riding in a team with winners like Peter Sagan and Pascal Ackermann.
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