Konychev joins Mitchelton-SCOTT from 2020Wed 2 Oct 2019
Mitchelton-SCOTT will welcome 21-year-old Italian Alexander Konychev to the team for the next two seasons.
Currently riding as a stagiaire for Team Dimension Data, the Italian will join the team following a season of consistent performances, including a Nations Cup victory at L’Etoile d’Or and impressive breakaway move at the European Championships.
The son of former cyclist Dimitri Konyshev, Konychev adds another injection of youth into Mitchelton-SCOTT as he joins Kaden Groves and Barnabas Peak as neo-pros in 2020.
“For me, to step up in a WorldTour team is a dream that becomes true. I still think I have to realise really what is happening but I’m super happy and can’t wait to start the new season.
“I think Mitchelton-SCOTT is one of the best teams in the world and everyone speaks good about the team. I also know Edoardo (Affini) and he also told me it’s super. I think I can grow up here in the best way possible.
“I think I still have to discover myself better as a rider as it’s only been five years that I’m on the bike, but I’m quite fast in reduced sprints. I also like the time trial and I love to attack.
“For the first year for sure I will learn a lot, help the team in the best way possible and improve myself. And, why not try to get some opportunities and use them the best way possible too?”
Matt White – Head Sport Director:
“Alex is a big, strong lad. He will be in our Classics group and what we see in him is the potential to grow. He rides very well positioning wise and he will work in well with that Classics and sprint group which is obviously a very young group in our team.
“He won a Nations Cup under-23 race this year and besides that, which is no easy feat against the best under-23 riders in the world, he has had some consistent results.
“The performance that really stood out was at the European Championships when he was away with a Norwegian rider with 45km to go with 35-40seconds. The gap stayed the same for another 20km and at 15km to go he has attacked and rode off the front. The bunch was in full chase and only caught him with one kilometre to go. I knew then that he was strong.
“His dad is obviously a legend of the sport, and yet he hasn’t been riding for very long and that’s a great thing for us and our ability to nurture him through the start of his career.”
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