Tejay van Garderen to become director at EF Education-Nippo in 2022

BOYACA COLOMBIA FEBRUARY 14 Start Tejay Van Garderen of The United States and Team EF Pro Cycling during the 3rd Tour of Colombia 2020 Stage 4 a 1686km stage from Paipa to Santa Rosa de Viterbo Boyac 2751m TourColombiaUCI TourColombia2020 on February 14 2020 in Boyac Colombia Photo by Maximiliano BlancoGetty Images
Tejay van Garderen (EF Education) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

EF Education-Nippo announced Friday that Tejay van Garderen has signed a contract to become a team sports director beginning in 2022. The American, who retired from professional cycling in June, will shadow the team to learn more about his new role at the Vuelta a España.

"At the Giro [d'Italia], I spoke to Matti Breschel and he was the one telling me, 'If opportunities come, say yes. You might think you want to take a year off and figure things out but opportunities don’t come very often.'" Van Garderen said in a team statement.

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