Tsgabu Grmay and Nicola Conci join Trek-Segafredo
Oct 02 2017 10:45 pm CET

Tsgabu Grmay and Nicola Conci join Trek-Segafredo

Trek-Segafredo has announced the signings of Tsgabu Grmay of Bahrain-Merida and Nicola Conci, who currently represents the team as a stagiaire.

Grmay, 26, turned professional at MTN-Qhubeka in 2012 and joined Lampre-Merida three years later. At the start of the current season, he made a move to Bahrain-Merida.

The Ethiopian has made five Grand Tour appearances so far, having taken part in the last two editions of the Tour de France. In 2017, he also won the Time Trial at his national Road Championships and finished fifth in the Tour of Oman.

"I’m very happy about this move," he said. "Trek-Segafredo really stood out for me because they offer a very professional guidance for their athletes. I am confident that within this team I can continue my development as a rider in the best circumstances.

"I really like stage races because they suit me better than one-day races. Of course, it would be a dream come true if one day I would be able to win a stage there. But let’s take it step by step. I want to keep learning and improving and will give it my all, and who knows, maybe one day, achieve that ultimate goal.

"In the meantime, I will honor my jersey, my team and my country. Being the first Ethiopian rider ever who turned pro, I feel the support of the whole country standing behind me and that gives me the strength to keep going until the bitter end."

Nicola Conci finished seventh in this year's U23 Giro d'Italia (Baby Giro) and is a reinforcement to Trek-Segafredo's squad for stage races.

"Turning pro is a dream for every young rider; being able to do that in of the biggest teams in the world makes it even more mindboggling," the Italian said.

"The next years I hope to perform well and be able to help the team like I could do in the Tour of Denmark, where Mads (Pedersen) won. That was really an amazing experience.

"I would describe myself as a climber-allrounder. I am at my best in very hard races with enough climbs on the parcours. The Ardennes are my favorite terrain, and Liège is my all-time favorite classic. If only one day I could win there, I would be so happy. But of course, being Italian, I also love the Giro d’Italia, and especially the races with starts or finishes in Trentino, where I was born and raised. I wouldn’t say no to a victory there either. Who knows, one day..."
Photo of Tsgabu Gebremaryam Grmay by CyclingPub / Mary Cardenas




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