2021 Team Preview: EF Education-Nippo

ALTODELANGLIRU SPAIN NOVEMBER 01 Arrival Hugh Carthy of The United Kingdom and Team EF Pro Cycling Celebration during the 75th Tour of Spain 2020 Stage 12 a 1094km stage from Pola de Laviana to Alto de lAngliru 1560m lavuelta LaVuelta20 La Vuelta on November 01 2020 in Alto de lAngliru Spain Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images
Hugh Carthy wins on the Angliru (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

EF Education-Nippo pulled off another sponsor takeover, merger, and evolution for 2021, managing to survive and thrive even during the global COVID-19 pandemic that hit language and travel company Education First extremely hard. Team manager Jonathan Vaughters has fought to keep the team alive several times, completing mergers with other teams. He found EF as a new sponsor and WorldTour team owner in 2018; and this year he secured the Japanese construction company Nippo as a vital second title sponsor, bringing on board several riders from the troubled French Nippo-Delko-Provence ProTeam. Their loss is EF's and Vaughters' gain.

The team has lost several key riders, retained most of those who emerged in 2020 and signed several interesting names for the new season to again fielded an eclectic roster of 28 riders of 15 different nationalities.

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