Vaughters and EF Education-EasyPost hope to find a diamond in the rough with De Bod
EF Education-EasyPost has added a talented driver of choice with the arrival of Stephane de Bode. The 25-year-old South African came from Astana, where he played for two years.
De Bod is known as an expert in time, but that is not the specialty he wants to excel in for the next two years (his new contract term, editor). “I’ve had a bit of a hard time figuring out what kind of driver I’m with in recent years, despite some good results. Now I’m starting to figure that out little by little.
“I think I can develop into a good breakaway rider,” he said. “Plus, I see myself as a great driver for the racing classifications for one week, which is my long-term ambition. I first want to go on detachment, and develop from there into races like the Tour de Romandie, Tirreno-Adriatico, Tour of Switzerland and Critérium du Dauphiné. These matches should suit me.
Foggers has been eyeing D-Pod for a while
Team boss Jonathan Futters agrees. “Stefan is a racer I’ve been watching for a while,” says the American. He is an underrated talent that could develop into an important pillar of our team in the years to come. His qualities as a time arbiter are under the radar, but he proves his talent. We hope to be able to exploit its potential.
Earlier, EF Education-EasyPost had already attracted Richard Carapaz and Mikel Honoré, who should ensure success in the Grand Tours and Classics next year.
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