EF Education First joined professional cycling by building UCI WorldTour athletes team with the name EF Education First Pro Cycling.
Argyle members of the team have made so much impression that many fans try to chase them on the streets of Tokyo and they are enthusiastically cheered at famous tracks like the Tour de France. However, when one of the new sponsors asked to withdraw in the 2018 tournament, the team faced really serious difficulties. Following community fundraising efforts and the overwhelming support from fans around the world through the campaign, EF has officially entered and created a new member for the EF Education First family.
CEO of EF Education First in North America, Edward Hult said: “We were impressed by the strong influence that sports activities such as cycling have connected people from many social classes. together in a very friendly, cheerful, and peaceful way to create incredible athletic achievements, this also coincides with EF’s mission of opening the world through education and commitment. Our conclusion about bringing cultures together”.
Argyle Pink Stripe Competition Team now includes 25 athletes from 13 countries, all participating in the most difficult level of racing over 240 days of racing in a year on more than 50 tracks. The 2018 season will be around the world – from U.A.E, to Sweden, to Colombia, to the United States, to China – and most of the remaining intermediate countries.
Bicycle racing is really a team sport and requires strategy. In races that last one to three days, the team will work together to find a way to put a teammate on the podium. At the Tour de France 2017 race, the popular Colombian racer Rigoberto “Rigo” Uran finished second in the final after the dramatic race where he was assisted by his teammates. me 2018 is expected to bring Rigo to the podium once more, and his teammates will stand side by side to support him as much as possible.