UAE Team Emirates sign 17-year-old Spanish junior champion to long-term deal

Juan Ayuso
Juan Ayuso (Image credit: UAE Team Emirates/Alberto Brevers)

UAE Team Emirates have signed 17-year-old Spanish junior champion Juan Ayuso to a five-year contract. The Alicante native is in his final season as a junior rider and he is set to spend the first year of his contract in 2021 riding for a development team before stepping up to WorldTour racing full-time.

"The idea is for him to make a gradual transition into the World Tour team,” said UAE Team Emirates manager Joxean Matxin Fernandez. "We are deciding along with Juan and his family where is best for him to spend his first year - whether it be at a Continental or professional level is still to be defined.

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