The work with the young values of Caja Rural-Seguros RGA continues producing results. The Ecuadorian Jefferson Cepeda (Playón de San Francisco, Sucumbíos, 1996) has been immediately incorporated into the professional group of the green squad, rewarding his excellent season and his undeniable qualities. Cepeda has signed a contract for the rest of this season and one more year.
The South American cyclist will debut with his new teammates next week in Vuelta a Burgos, once he has returned from his country, where he is preparing the final part of his season, that began competing against the professionals in the demanding Tour de Colombia (18th). Later, he was proclaimed Pan-American championin Mexico, a title highly valued in the continent.
The premiere of his second adventure in Europe could not conclude better. Cepeda won the Vuelta a Navarra, with an authentic exhibition in the final day. Then he won one stage of the Vuelta a Salamanca, where he finished second in the overall, and won in Ataun, being a key player in several successes of his teammates in other races.
Cepeda becomes the second rider of the development squad of Caja Rural-Seguros RGA that promote to the pro team during this season, after Joel Nicolau. They are only two examples of the fantastic work of a team that, so far this year, accumulates twenty-five wins with ten different cyclists.
Jefferson Cepeda: I am very happy for this opportunity. I have fought and sacrificed a lot, coming from so far to try to prove that I could be a professional cyclist, leaving everything behind for this goal that now becomes a reality. This time here has helped me to show that I am ready to ride against the professionals. It has been a good year for me since I started the season in the Tour de Colombia. I tried to learn everything I could; then I won the Pan-American and the Vuelta a Navarra, the second one already in Europe with Caja Rural-Seguros RGA.
Now I will be back to Ecuador for a few days to prepare myself as much as possible for my debut as a professional cyclist. The goal is to do the things in the best way, learning from the team and adapting to the category as quickly as possible. My dream has always been to ride one of the three GT, and now I know that working hard and with discipline I can do it.