Odd Christian Eiking signs for EF Education-Nippo: I need to be in a place where I can grow and develop
Sep 09 2021 05:36 am CET

Odd Christian Eiking signs for EF Education-Nippo: I need to be in a place where I can grow and develop
Odd Christian Eiking signs for EF Education-Nippo: I need to be in a place where I can grow and develop
EF Education-Nippo

EF Education-Nippo has announced the signing of Norwegian rider Odd Christian Eiking from 2022.

The rider -who was in formations like FDJ and the current one Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert- has been popular in the latest weeks for having the Red Jersey of the Vuelta a España for seven days. But the rider has also finished in the second overall position of this year's Artic Race of Norway and has finished in the top-ten of races like the Clasica San Sebastian, the Tour of Norway and the Gree-Tour of Guangxi.

"I need to be in a place where I can grow and develop and EF looks really great for me to develop," said Eiking. "It looks like a really good group and I want to be a part of it.

"I'm excited to meet the team and to win races together. That's what I'm looking forward to.

"Every aspect of cycling motivates me, whether it's riding, the good atmosphere within the team, or training outside. It really drives me, especially the competition. To be able to travel and see different parts of the world while competing in the biggest races, that's what really motivates me."

The rider's experience in the 2021 Vuelta a España is something that he is still processing, but that will take with him to the American formation. "It's not something I ever imagined," the 26-year-old commented. "I was hoping for a stage win but instead to have had the red jersey for so long, it was really, really amazing.

"It's changed me as a rider. It gave me more confidence, seeing that it's possible to stay with some of the best riders. I want to continue on this good path where I am now."

EF Education-Nippo CEO Jonathan Vaughters is pleased with the signing, as he has kept his eye on the Norwegian for a while. "I was watching him throughout the season," he explained. "He was great in San Sebastian. He almost won the Arctic Race of Norway and then went to the Vuelta and had a great run in the leader's jersey. Almost pulled off a top 10 overall. I watched it all. I was talking to his agent the entire time and an opportunity came up to pull the trigger on it and I did not hesitate.

"He didn't want to talk about a contract until he'd proven himself in races, and I thought, 'Damn, this guy's got some guts to basically turn down a potential offer and want to show his worth first.' Very few riders in his position would do that. The fact that he wanted to prove himself, I feel like that's an attitude that's going to take him a long way."
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