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Meet Matteo Jorgenson, Movistar’s 20-year-old American

By February 15, 2020 No Comments

Twenty-year-old Matteo Jorgenson is a unique presence on Movistar. The tall, ginger-haired rider is the only American on the Spanish WorldTour team, and his path there also strayed from the normal route most Americans take to the sport’s highest level.

Jorgenson, who hails from Boise, Idaho, spent his early years riding with US national teams at both the junior and under-23 levels, but when opportunities in the US started to dry up and he didn’t get selected for Axel Merckx’s Hagens Berman Axeon U23 development team, the ambitious young rider set out to blaze his own trail through Europe and catch the eye of the European teams.

After a year on Continental team Jelly Belly-Maxxis that saw him race mostly with the US national team, he landed a spot on the Chambéry CF development squad, a feeder team for AG2R La Mondiale. He learned French to fit in with his teammates and started to pile up the results that would propel him toward his ultimate goal.

Jorgenson is in his first race this week with Movistar at Tour Colombia 2.1, where Cyclingnews caught up with him to ask about his trailblazing path and how he’s getting on in the team. 

Matteo Jorgenson in action for Movistar at Tour Colombia 2.1 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Cyclingnews: I looked at the USA Cycling results, and your first result is in 2008 in the 12-and-under category, and then there’s not another result until 2016. What was going on during that time?

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