Grand Tour veteran and former Team Dimension Data rider set to join emerging 303 project for 2019 U.S. Pro season
Boulder, CO, Wednesday, January 2, 2019… Johann van Zyl, a three-year, UCI World Tour rider with Team Dimension Data, has signed to ride for 303 project in 2019, it was today announced by the Boulder, CO-based team’s owner and manager, Nicholas Greeff. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
van Zyl, 27, a native of Cape Town, South Africa, has been riding professionally since the age of 21, and for the past three years he has ridden with Team Dimension Data on the World Tour. His palmares include four Grand Tours (La Vuelta a España (2) & Giro d’Italia (2)), and five Classics, including the 2018 edition of Paris-Roubaix. In 2018, van Zyl started a combined total of 21 one-day and stage races, and he finished 17thamong the General Classification in the Le Tour de Langkawi.
van Zyl is no stranger to U.S. pro cycling, as his diverse riding talents were on display during the 2015 Amgen Tour of California. In that stage race, he finished fifth overall in the mountains classification and he finished 13thduring the Stage 6 individual time trial. Also, in 2015, he rode in the Tour of Utah, where he finished third overall in the mountains classification and 13thoverall in the points classification.
Prior to joining Team Dimension Data, van Zyl rode professionally with South Africa’s MTN-Qhubeka team. van Zyl’s career highlights also include a first-place finish in the 2010 South African national under-23 road championships, a first-place finish in Stage 4 of the 2013 Tour of Rwanda and a first-place finish in Stage 5 of the 2015 Tour of Austria.
“I am very excited to be joining 303 project in 2019, as I believe the team is poised to have a great impact on the cycling community in the States and beyond,” stated van Zyl. “I admire and commend 303 project for its commitment to its riders and cycling overall, and I look forward to joining my 303 project teammates as we work together to shine a light on all the positives cycling provides riders and supporters.”
“Adding a rider with Johann’s experience, skill and passion for cycling is a major achievement for 303 project,” exclaimed Greeff. “His presence on our team, in races and in our community outreach efforts, is sure to elevate 303 project’s status as a major contributor to the growth of cycling in the United States. We welcome him to the team and we’re excited for what 2019 has in store for 303 project and our fans.”
303 project will begin preparing for the 2019 race season in early February 2019, when it hosts its annual rider training camp and team orientation program in California’s Bay Area. Media interested in attending the camp are asked to please contact Nicholas Greeff (Nicholas@303project.com)
303 project is an UCI Continental Professional Cycling team based in Boulder, Colorado, which competes in races across North America. The team is comprised of 14 riders ranging in ages 19-39. In addition to road cycling, the team competes in track cycling, mountain biking, cyclocross, and fat tire racing. 303 project seeks to connect people to cycling, the simple joy of riding, and the positive impact bicycles have on our communities and our environment.
303 Project enjoys the support of our corporate partners Peet’s Coffee, KIND, Cuore of Switzerland, TIME, 4iiii, FSA, Northweek, Roval, Shimano, Science in Sport, Training Peaks
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