While the future of the NTT team is more uncertain than ever, Roman Kreuziger has decided to pack his bags. The Czech has signed up for the 2021 season with Russian team Gazprom-RusVelo.
The uncertainty about the future of the NTT team is too great for some riders. While the main partner of the South African training will end his commitment at the end of the year 2020 and despite the reassuring words of his boss Doug Ryder, several riders have decided not to wait and to s’ engage with other training.
After Ben O’Connor at AG2R-Citroën, Michael Valgren at EF or, more recently, Edvald Boasson Hagen at Total Direct Energie, it is Roman Kreuziger’s turn to change his role. The Czech, former winner of the Amstel Gold Race, the Tour de Suisse and the Tour de Romandie, has officially entered the 2021 season alone with the Russian team Gazprom-RusVelo
After two seasons with the South African team, the 34-year-old rider has come down a notch in the hierarchy of professional cycling. But, for the native of Moravska Trebova, it is an interesting challenge to face in a team whose leader will be Ilnur Zakarin. “I am ready to share my experience with the young riders and obviously I will help Ilnur Zakarin fight for the general classification,” said Roman Kreuziger in a statement from his new team.