Former Austrian road race champion Riccardo Zoidl is set to return to the WorldTour in 2019 with CCC Team as a late addition to the team’s roster, General Manager Jim Ochowicz announced today.
Zoidl, who previously raced for Trek-Segafredo from 2014 to 2016, joined the team in Denia, Spain for the pre-season training camp.
“We are excited to welcome Riccardo Zoidl to CCC Team in 2019. When a position opened up on our roster, Riccardo was our first choice thanks to his recent results and his previous WorldTour experience. As a former Austrian time trial champion and two-time road race champion, winner of the 2013 Tour of Austria, and more recently, winner of the 2018 Czech Cycling Tour, Riccardo has a solid list of results to his name, as well as four Grand Tour participations,” Ochowicz said.
“We are looking forward to seeing Riccardo return to the highest level in cycling and believe we can help him get back to his best form. Riccardo’s climbing ability will be an asset for the team, particularly at the one-week WorldTour stage races where he will add strength to our rosters. It was a good opportunity to have Riccardo join us at team camp to integrate with his new teammates and get the planning for the 2019 season underway.”
Zoidl, 30, is grateful for the opportunity to join CCC Team and return to the WorldTour level after two years at the Continental level.
“This is one of the best Christmas presents I’ve ever had. I was really surprised to get the call and get this spot with CCC Team at the last moment. This is a chance I have to take and I’m really motivated and thankful to get the spot on the team. I will try to show that I deserve to be in the WorldTour again,” Zoidl said.
“In my last years in the WorldTour, I made some mistakes so I think if I move on from that, I can be successful again, whether that is in a team role or with some personal success. I’m just looking forward to racing at the WorldTour level again and will do everything I can for CCC Team.”
In keeping with CCC Team policy, no other details of the contract were released.