Cape Town - Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka has announced that
Roman Kreuziger has agreed a two-year contract from January 1, 2019.
The hugely impressive Czech rider, now 32-years-old, not only brings a wealth of experience to our
team, highlighted by his stellar palmarès, but also a deep understanding that
we ride for a greater purpose, the Qhubeka charity.
“Joining Team Dimension Data provides a new motivation for me, a fresh start in
some ways. Wherever I’ve ridden it’s been with success and this challenge is
absolutely no different,” said Kreuziger.
“I’ve had a really good year so far but I still have my big goal for the year
to come; the World Championships in Innsbruck.
“I believe though that I’m now entering into the prime of my career and want to
achieve great things with Team Dimension Data, so I can’t wait to get started
with my new team-mates.”
In 2018 Kreuziger’s results in the Ardennes Classics in particular stood out as
he finished second at the Amstel Gold Race, was fourth at La Flèche Wallonne
and also captured eighth place at Liège-Bastogne-Liège.
He also rode the Giro d’Italia, in support of Simon Yates, and came away with sixth place on Stage 4.
Kreuziger joined Mitchelton-Scott (then Orica) in 2017 from Tinkoff, winning
the ‘world’s toughest one-day race’, the PRO Ötztaler 5500, and riding the Tour
de France, where he finished fifth on Stage 8.
“I’ve had a great time and some wonderful experiences at Mitchelton-Scott and
look forward to a really successful rest of 2018 with the team. I’d like to
wish everybody there all the very best for the future.”
“Finally, I love the Qhubeka charity and what it stands for as it resonates
deeply with me; and as a token I’d like to immediately fund one bike. I realise
this is a small gesture now but I look forward to helping the team in their
collective goal to keep raising funds for the distribution of bikes by Qhubeka,
so I’m delighted to be a part of it.”
For team principal Douglas Ryder, Kreuziger’s signing is a key move as Team
Dimension Data for Qhubeka looks to step up another level from 2019.
“Roman signing for us is a big deal. To have a rider of his quality join our
team is a real statement of intent and we’re thrilled to have him.
“Throughout his career he’s produced impressive results and he’s determined to
continue that with our team. 2018 has seen him ride really well and we wish him
the best for the rest of the year in advance of him linking up with us.
“His obvious passion for the Qhubeka charity, already funding a bike, speaks to
what makes our team so special and considering he has his own Academy too, he
clearly understands how important giving back is.”
“Importantly, Roman’s signing, in addition to other riders who have joined and
others who will still be announced, sets out our stall for the coming two years
and the ambitious goals we have set for ourselves. He will play a key role in
that and we look forward to him taking on that responsibility.”
5 x placed in the top-10 at
Tour de Suisse winner- 2009
Tour de Romandie winner - 2008
Amstel Gold Race winner - 2013
Junior World Champion - 2004
Czech Champion - 2016
2018: 3 x top-10 at the
2018: Roman Kreuziger Cycling
Academy established (riders have already won 14 national titles)