Mitchelton-SCOTT add Grmay to climbing roster
Mitchelton-SCOTT has added Ethiopian climber Tsgabu Grmay to its 2019 roster as it continues to build momentum following an inaugural Grand Tour victory at this year’s Vuelta a Espana.
27-year-old Grmay joins the Australian outfit for the next two seasons after riding for Trek-Segafredo in 2018 and will be an important part of the climbing group that targets general classification results throughout the season with the team’s leaders Simon and Adam Yates and Esteban Chaves.
Grmay, a six-time national champion, comes to the team with the experience of five Grand Tours, including two full Tour de France races.
Matt White – Head Sports Director:
“Tsgabu is an interesting story. He hasn’t had the normal development through cycling as most of our guys have had, but he is quite an experienced campaigner. He started his career on what was MTN Qubeka then, and he has had a couple of different teams these last years.
“He is a little fighter and he is a solid little climber. He is only 27, but he is a very versatile guy. He time trials well, he climbs well and he is another guy that we are going to use to back up our leaders in a lot of the climber races throughout the season.
“I’m so happy and really excited for next year. When we got the get the call from the team it was an easy decision because I have been following the team for many years. What the team do in terms of having fun off the bike but keeping it serious business on the bike fighting for the win, I want to be part of that. I always try to push myself and smile as much as I can, so it will be perfect with the team.
“I will come in with a role to the support the GC guys in the climbs and that will be my main job. I will of course be wherever the team want me to be, especially on the hard mountain days, and I will work hard for that and I’m ready.
“When I said back in 2010 and 2011 my dream was to ride the Tour de France on day people laughed at me and said it was impossible but after six years I made it. Now I believe it’s possible I can win one stage in the Tour de France, that’s my dream and every morning I wake up and that is my goal and my life and one day I will do it for sure. It will be hard, but it was hard to be the first Ethiopian to make the WorldTour and race the Tour de France so why not?”
Date of Birth: 25th August 1991 (27)
Place of Birth: Mek’ele
Turned Pro: 2013
Joins Mitchelton-SCOTT: 2019