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Junior World Champs win leads to WorldTour contract with Trek-Segafredo for Quinn Simmons

Joe Delves
27 Sep 2019

18-year-old American's dominant win leads to two-year contract in the pro ranks

New Junior World Road Race champion Quinn Simmons is to skip the under-23 category and move straight to WorldTour level after Trek-Segafredo announcing they have signed the 18-year-old American to a pro contract.  

Already ahead of the curve as the only junior rider seemingly able to already grow a beard, Simmons was barely out of the showers having claimed an emphatic win in the junior road race yesterday before the team announced his signing.

His efforts in the rain yesterday showed both power and nouse, allowing him to dispirit his rivals before making a long solo break for victory.

The win came amid challenging conditions that saw many riders crashing out. Likely to have been in the works for some time, the announcement of his signing still probably has more to do with publicity, rather than being a direct reward for this performance.

Having also spent the year racking up victories across America and Europe, Simmons seems a good fit for the USA registered team. Signing for two years starting in 2020, he’ll be doing so on a neo-pro basis, rather than as a stagiaire. As such he’ll be eligible to ride at WorldTour level races, including Grand Tours.

Joining a team that’s currently home to stars Richie Porte, Bauke Mollema, and Jasper Stuyven, he follows fellow American Chloe Dygert in having used wins at the World Champs to announce themselves.

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