News | Team's roster • September 6, 2018
Muñoz the climber joins UAE Team Emirates, which also confirms the valuable Troia
There has been an acquisition and a renewal at UAE Team Emirates; both moves are intended to emphasise talent and youth.
The Emirati team announces the hiring of Colombian rider Cristian Camilo Muñoz Lancheros, a climber born in Ventaquemada in 1996.
Muñoz stepped into the limelight by giving consistent performances in international competitions, winning a stage in the Giro d’Italia Under 23 (8th stage, Levico Terme-Asiago) and maintaining the lead positions in the peloton along the climbs in the Tour de l’Avenir, à race that was won by his future team mate, Pogacar.
After signing a two year contract, Muñoz expressed his satisfaction. “I’m very happy for this chance to take a next step that will be essential for my career and I am even prouder that I get to do this thanks to UAE Team Emirates, one of the best teams in the world. I’ve been dreaming of becoming a pro since I was a kid; now I have the chance to enjoy the results of all the work I’ve done to make that dream come true. I’d like to thank everyone who has helped me throughout these years and I say thank you to UAE Team Emirates for the faith they’ve shown and the opportunity they’ve given me.”
Oliviero Troia has spent his first two years as a professional with UAE Team Emirates, making a good impression for his strength, commitment and a great attitude when it comes to supporting the team, as well as a certain enterprising attitude. Now he has reached a deal with UAE Team Emirates to renew his contract for the 2019 and 2020 seasons as well.
The twenty four year old Italian can still grow competitively, also fine tuning his skills in the Northern Classics.
“Thanks to the entire team and staff for this renewal; it’s nice to know that I can count on you having faith in me,” said Troia. “The first two years as a pro have been fantastic. I hope I can still give my all in support of the team and – why not? – score some wins.”
– first picture: Cristian Munoz
– second picture: Oliviero Troia con Giuseppe Saronni