Veronica Ewers renews with EF Education-TIBCO-SVB
‘One reason this team is so great is because I am given the opportunity to develop’
Veronica Ewers and EF Education-TIBCO-SVB are proud to announce that the American rider has extended her contract and will continue to race with the squad through 2025.
2022 was Veronica’s first full season in the professional peloton, though judging from her palmarès, one would assume the 28-year-old was a veteran of the sport. She took her first career win on the final stage at the Festival Elsy Jacobs, quickly followed by a win at the one-day Navarra Elite Classics. She was second overall at the Festival Elsy Jacobs, Emakumeen Nafarroako, Durango-Durango, Giro dell’Emilia, and Tre Valli Varesine, as well as fifth at the Tour de Romandie. At the Tour de France Femmes, Veronica raced to 4th place on the highly anticipated gravel stage and earned a place in the general classification top ten after a valiant ride on the final stage’s summit finish. She earned a further eight top ten results on stages and GC over the course of the season.
It is partly because Veronica is so new to the professional peloton that she feels so at home racing with EF Education-TIBCO-SVB. The team has been in existence for 17 seasons already but just as 2022 was Veronica’s first full season as a cyclist, it was simultaneously the team’s first season in the WorldTour. For both Veronica and the squad, it was a year of development and new experiences, ultimately leading to impressive growth. She sees her trajectory and that of the team as deeply entwined.
“One reason this team is so great is because I am given the opportunity to develop,” she says. “There is patience around that while also putting the right amount of pressure on me to continue developing. I am really excited to be a part of seeing where this team can go. Both the team and I are learning and growing so it’s really fun for me to be part of that. I get to be part of hopefully obtaining the goal of becoming a top five WorldTour team. I also really love our sponsors. I think looking forward, I know that the staff and management are working on developing a team that is capable of that and I’m really excited to be part of that.”
Linda Jackson, founder and owner of EF Education-TIBCO-SVB, appreciates having Veronica on the team for her obvious talent, but also for the energy and positive attitude she brings with her.
“It’s a very fulfilling moment for me to announce that Veronica has extended with our team,” Linda says. “We are finally at a place where we provide a great platform for not only developing riders, but for some of the best talent in the world. Veronica is clearly one of the most promising riders for the future. She is not only a promising talent, she is a wonderful person and she cares about the team as a whole. We are excited to help her develop and to continue to build the infrastructure of our team to support her and the rest of the squad. She now has a home base for several years to come and can focus on becoming the best that she can be. We’re excited to be on this journey with her.”
As Veronica considered her future, she knew her heart was firmly invested in the relationships she has built with her teammates and the staff.
“It's really, really cool to be connecting with so many people of different cultures and backgrounds and being able to get to know each of these people, whether they’re riders or staff. For example, Alen, our bus driver and soigneur. Being as amazingly efficient as he is and making all of the riders really comfortable is a gift. I think having a long term contract with the team and continuing to build upon relationships that I’ve already built will just continue to make those relationships stronger rather than bopping between teams.”
When Veronica reflected on the growth and support she has experienced this year with the team and the bonds she has nurtured, she realized she knew exactly what she wanted for the future.
“I’m just really excited to continue with the team. It was a big decision obviously. It’s a relief to know that I’m set for a significant amount of time. I’m definitely excited to see what kind of a rider I can develop into with this team. I think it’s going to be good.”
We think so, too, Veronica.