Kim Cadzow exchanges Jumbo-Visma for EF Education-Cannondale

Monday, September 18, 2023 at 5:34 PM

Kim Cadzow will defend the colors of EF Education-Cannondale from next year. The 21-year-old New Zealander signed a two-season contract at the end of 2022 Jumbo Vismabut leaves the Dutch team after just one year for a new American adventure.

Cadzow can be seen as a late bloomer. She first got on her bike five years ago as a triathlete. She quickly showed good results, but found the running part less enjoyable. Her coach then encouraged her to commit to cycling. Without any expectations, Cadzow exchanged the triathlon for cycling at the beginning of 2021. Things then went very quickly.

Working for the modest British cycling team Team Torelli, she impressed with a fifth place in the Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge. She also finished fourteenth in the Grand Prix de Morbihan and sixteenth in La Classique Morbihan. Jumbo Visma was then quick to offer Cadzow a two-year contract.

This year, the New Zealand climber decided to settle in Spain to improve the training schedule and competition program Jumbo Visma to be able to follow. In recent months, in her first season at the highest level, she showed herself in the Tour of Switzerland for women (17th in the final classification) and the Tour of Scandinavia. In the latter race she even finished third in the queen stage to Norefjell.

photo: Cor Vos

Step to the top of the world
Cadzow actually still had an ongoing contract Jumbo Visma until the end of 2024, but will therefore leave earlier for another team. Esra Tromp, who recently joined the team as general manager, is very enthusiastic about the new addition. “Kim is really a monster on the bike. She wants to get the most out of herself and she doesn’t give up. She always goes above and beyond and that’s cool to see.”

“She only discovered cycling a few years ago, but she has an incredible talent for climbing. The goal is to embark on a journey with Kim to help her develop into one of the best climbers in the world. That is her dream and we want to make it come true,” Tromp sets the bar high.

EF Education-EasyPost announced its ‘own’ women’s team at the beginning of June: EF Education-Cannondale. That was somewhat striking, because there is already a women’s team racing under the name EF Education-TIBCO-SVB. That team, where EF is the title sponsor, is not owned by the company that manages the men’s team Jonathan Vaughters sit.

The EF Education-TIBCO-SVB license is owned by Linda Jackson. This team will no longer be in the peloton next year. The women’s team is quitting permanently because not enough sponsorship has been found.

EF Education-Cannondale will not be active at the WorldTour level. Vaughters’ new team will start as a continental team.

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