In a significant move, 21-year-old New Zealander, Kim Cadzow, is set to represent EF Education-Cannondale from next year. Despite inking a two-year deal with Jumbo-Visma in 2022, she’s chosen to exit early, eyeing a fresh opportunity at the American team.
Cadzow, originally a triathlete, transitioned to cycling merely five years ago. It wasn’t running but the thrill of cycling that resonated with her. Encouraged by her coach, by 2021, she was fully committed to the sport and quickly made a name for herself. Riding for the British team, Team Torelli, Cadzow had notable achievements in 2022 including a fifth place at Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge. Such performances didn’t go unnoticed, leading Jumbo-Visma to offer her a two-year contract.
This year saw her move to Spain, tailoring her regimen to Jumbo-Visma’s schedules. She particularly shone in the Women’s Tour of Switzerland and at the Tour of Scandinavia, securing third in a crucial stage to Norefjell. Despite a contract with Jumbo-Visma until 2024’s end, Cadzow has decided on an early exit. The EF Education-Cannondale team’s new general manager (formerly at Jumbo-Visma), Esra Tromp, has high hopes, stating, “On the bike, Kim is truly formidable. She pushes herself to the limit, always giving her all.”
EF Education-EasyPost introduced its women’s team, EF Education-Cannondale, this June. The similarly named EF Education-TIBCO-SVB, but is unrelated to the men’s team managed by Jonathan Vaughters. Sadly, this team managed by Linda Jackson, will bow out at the end of 2023 due to a lack of sponsorship next year. As a new team, EF Education-Cannondale is not going to be at the WorldTour level but will race as a Continental team for at least the 2024 and 2025 seasons.