We are delighted to confirm the signing of Michael Carbel for 2020 who becomes our 29th and final addition ahead of the racing season.
While at the same time, we also look forward to welcoming former rider Daniel Holm Foder as a Sports Director who takes a position under the leadership of Lars Michaelsen. They were both previously involved with Danish UCI Continental outfit Team Waoo.
For Carbel, the 24-year-old Dane’s ability as a fast-finisher will look to add to the sprinting depth already in our squad as he looks to develop alongside the likes of Giacomo Nizzolo, Ryan Gibbons, Max Walscheid and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg.
The Danish Road Race Championships is in particular an event that he’s excelled at over the years, making his mark early by claiming second spot as an 18-year-old in 2014, a year after claiming the junior title. He’s added to that over time with three other top-10 finishes, including finishing twice on the podium.
The young man, who’s also ridden for Fortuneo-Samsic, claimed victory on stage three of the Fleche du Sud to go with second on stage four and finishing third on the overall points classification in 2019.
In 2017, while riding for Team Virtu Cycling, Carbel claimed the Danish under-23 title which he followed up by a hugely impressive third spot at the World Championships in Bergen.
In 2016 two top-10 stage finishes at the tough Tour l’Avenir was punctuated by a 4th place finish in the mountains classification of the Tour of Denmark.
Foder also joins from Team Waoo and so has immediate insight into the likes of Carbel, along with the rest of the Danish contingent within the group.
As a rider, the 36-year-old took a career-high sixth place in the 2014 Danish Road Race Championships in a career that spanned over a decade and concluded while at Team Trefor. The 2014 Nationals interestingly saw Carbel finish second, behind another of our current riders Michael Valgren.
After completing his career as a rider he’s spent three seasons as a director and trainer during which time he’s overseen a number of victories at a national level.
“I’m over the moon to be joining the team! It’s a dream coming true finally to be on the WorldTour level. No doubt It’ll be hard, but I’m looking forward to being a part of NTT Pro Cycling.
“The training camp in Denia will be the first time seeing everyone at the team, and I look forward to be meeting everyone and then getting the season underway.”
Daniel Holm Foder:
“I’m excited to join NTT Pro Cycling and at the opportunity to work at the highest level of the sport.
“I will be joining a strong group of riders with great potential to go with a very experienced group of sports directors, so it’s going to be a great professional challenge for me. That said, I’m confident that I will be able to bring my own expertise into the environment and contribute towards the future success of the team.”
Doug Ryder, Team Principal
“It is wonderful to complete our roster of riders and sports directors with Michael and Daniel. Both stepping up into the world tour with different roles in NTT Pro Cycling is as exciting for them as it is for us. We believe in diversity, hard work and creating opportunities and we look forward to the impact they can make as we move forward together this season.”