Promising Belgian talent Thibau Nys joins Trek-Segafredo

19-year-old will race on the road with the WorldTour team from August after signing a deal until 2024.

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Former U19 cyclocross world champion, Thibau Nys, will join Trek-Segafredo as a stagiare from August. The multidisciplinary Belgian has also signed with the WorldTour squad until 2024 and will join the likes of Lucinda Brand and Shirin van Anrooij in racing a dual cyclocross and road racing programme with Trek-Segafredo and Baloise Trek Lions.

“I feel honored to become part of Trek-Segafredo. I think this is the right step at the right time to get myself on the highest level,” Nys is reported as saying in a statement on the team’s website. “Riding in the WorldTour on the road has always been a dream and to realize that on a Trek bike makes it even more special. This way I can combine road racing at the highest level with racing cyclocross at the highest level at Baloise Trek Lions.”

Alongside his cyclocross success, Nys is the current U23 European road race champion and came 6th at the U23 world championships in Leuven last year.

“Thibau being part of the Trek family already put him firmly on our radar of rising talents. His cyclocross results speak for themselves, but when he won the European road title it made him even more interesting for us,” said Luca Guercilena, Trek-Segafredo General Manager. 

“This year he has already achieved great results in the road races in which he has participated. Thibau is keen to move ahead with his road racing career and we already have good experience with balancing the dual ambitions of road/cyclocross with Lucinda and Shirin with Baloise Trek. We’re really looking forward to taking him on the next step in his career.”

At 19, Nys will be the youngest rider on the WorldTour team, but, says the team’s talent scout, Markel Irizar, there is no rush to usher Nys towards immediate success at the highest level.

“We’re super excited and motivated to have a rider with Thibau’s potential join the team,” said Irizar.

“At the same time, we want to make his introduction to the WorldTour as relaxed as possible given the big expectations of the media and fans. We will work together with Baloise Trek Lions and Thibau’s existing support team to create the perfect environment for him to focus on his development without stress and without rushing any of the necessary steps.”