Tiago Antunes will join the Academy in 2019 and will also join the team as a trainee
Tiago Antunes is the first signing of the Academy for 2019 and will also join the team as a trainee from August the 1st.  The 21-year will combine his racing program in his current team, Spain’s Aldro Cycling Team, with some races with the Academy starting in Tour d’Alsace in early August. “I chose the SEG Racing Academy because I think that it is the best fit to develop yourself as a rider and get ready to make the step” highlights Antunes, who will become the first ever Portuguese rider to join the Academy roster. 

Antunes, who in 2018 showed himself in Ronde de l’Isard with a third place in the first uphill finish and 11th overall, will complete this traineeship with the Academy with the aim of familiarizing with the whole structure of the team. “It is great to have the opportunity to do a traineeship this season so I can get to know all my new teammates and see in first hand how the team works. Once this period is behind, I will be more than ready to work towards 2019” points out the 21-year old.

The Portuguese climber has shown himself in the international scene in the last two seasons, earning a selection with the national team for the Tour de l’Avenir at the end of last season. Antunes feels calm and happy ahead of the coming step and highlights the way that the team operates as one of the major unique points. “The professionalism in which the team is run, from training to material, it is really interesting for young riders and a true attraction. The results that they had in the last couple of seasons outstanding and it just a proof that the project is working well and I am really excited to take on this next step”. 

We are delighted to welcome a rider like Tiago to the Academy. We have been closely following him for quite some time and after scoring some impressive results in our testing protocol we couldn’t be happier to welcome him as a new Academy member. His climbing skills are well-known, so we look forward to start working with him together with our Performance Staff with the aim of improving his performance, work towards the most important races in the U23 calendar and to prepare him for the next step.