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US national road race champion Greg Daniel has made the jump up to WorldTour, inking a two year contract with the Trek-Segafredo team.
Daniel has had a superb season with the Axeon Hagens Berman squad, taking that national championship title against far more experienced competitors and also netting the last stage, overall victory, the points classification and the best young rider award in the Tour de Beauce.
“I have been dreaming of an opportunity to race on a World Tour team, so this is a huge honour to join Trek-Segafredo,” Daniel said on Monday. “It’s a big step going from a development team to the World Tour, but I think I’ve prepared well, and I also have a great group of people behind me to support me, especially my family and the Denver cycling community.”
Daniel previously was part of the Trek family back in 2013 when Axel Merckx’s squad was backed by Bontrager. He competed with Jasper Stuyven there, and the two will be reunited next season. Ditto for Daniel and Trek-Segafredo technical director Matt Shriver. “I am excited to be back with Trek,” said Daniel. “I couldn’t be happier.
“For me, the big thing is to continue to develop and to learn to ride like ‘the best Greg Daniel can ride.’ There are lots of leaders, and I’d like to support them and learn from them. Jasper is an example for me – he has come from Axel’s program, too, and has proven himself.”
The 21 year old rider expressed gratitude to Merckx, who has guided him for the past four seasons. He said that he has learned a lot but still has plenty to absorb.
“I am known as a breakaway rider that does well in climbing, and I am pretty good in the TT, too. But really, I think I am still developing my strengths. Right now I am just trying to pursue my dream. I love week long stage races, and one day I hope I can compete and be competitive in the Tour de France – that would be the dream come true.”
Trek-Segafredo’s General Manager Luca Guercilena is looking forward to seeing what the rider can do.
“Greg Daniel is a rider who has shown incredible progression, and we are thrilled to have him join Trek-Segafredo. He’s aggressive and smart and not afraid to take his chances in races.
“He is only 21 years of age and has a lot of room for growth. We believe he will fit in well with our program and be an exciting prospect for the team’s future.”