Introducing: Cole Kessler

Cole Kessler racing the junior time trial at the 2021 Road World Championships in Belgium
Cole Kessler racing the junior time trial at the 2021 Road World Championships in Belgium (Image credit: Dirk Waem/Belga/AFP via Getty Images)

In recent years, the California-based LUX Cycling junior development team has grown to become arguably the main pathway to the pros for junior riders in the USA. Notable names to pass through on their way to the WorldTour in recent seasons have included Trek-Segafredo's Quinn Simmons, UAE Team Emirates' Brandon McNulty, and Team DSM's Kevin Vermaerke.

Next season, the team will supply Makayla MacPherson and junior Worlds silver medallist Kaia Schmid to women's pro team Human Powered Health, while fellow teenager Cole Kessler graduates to the men's Continental ranks with Israel Start-Up Nation's feeder squad, Israel Cycling Academy. 

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.


Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.


As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix