News | Team's roster July 25, 2019

Winner of under-23 Giro signs for UAE Team Emirates

Colombian climber Camilo Ardila signs four year deal with the Emirati squad

The talented Colombian climber and winner of the  Under 23 ‘Baby’ Giro 2019, has signed a four year contract with the team from UAE.


Joxean Fernandez Matxin, general manager of UAE Team Emirates: “Camilo is one of the finest climbers in the Under 23 category. He is a rider with a clear head and willing to work hard and make sacrifices to reach his objectives:  at just 19 years old he made the move from his home in Marquita Tolima to live in Medillín to be able to train in better conditions.
At UAE Team Emirates we believe he has a very bright future we want to work to help him to reach his full potential“.


Camilo Ardila, why UAE Team Emirates?
I had a lot of offers from the World Tour category teams, but the plan UAE Team Emirates presented to me impressed me a lot. I think it’s the right choice because I will have the chance to grow gradually and adapt to the highest category. I started talking with Matxin before my victory in the Under 23 Giro, and he immediately believed in me“.


What is your biggest dream in cycling?
To be a good stage racer and to be strong in the mountains. The dream is the Tour de France. One day I would like to go to the Tour to try to win the most important race in the world”.


Do you have a rider who inspires you?
I am inspired by Nairo Quintana : a strong climber who managed to win the Giro d’Italia, the Vuelta a España and get on the podium of the Tour de France“.


A special thanks
To my family that allowed me to follow my dream and to my EPM team, which helped me grow as young rider”.


In photo, Camilo Ardila (born in 1999) and Joxean Matxin.