Alex Frame is halfway through his second season with Trek-Segafredo and he’s overcame a series of knee injuries to hit good form at the recent Tour of Norway. Aaron S. Lee caught up with A-Frame after the Kiwi took a fine 7th place finish in the penultimate stage of the race, to prelude the Elite Road Nationals and ask about what comes next.
At 25 years of age A-Frame is still very young in his World Tour career. Signed by Trek-Segafredo for the 2018-2019 campaigns, this year is his last on his contract and despite not knowing what the future holds – whether contract renewal or pastures new awaits – Frame is focussed on making the most of every opportunity and simply enjoying racing.
It’s an approach that reaped rewards in the Tour of Norway where he sprinted to 7th place in stage 5 to Drammen. The stage ended in dynamic fashion with Alex positioned well on third-fourth wheel going through 1km to go. Gradually he was passed by the likes of Edvald Boason Hagen and Alexander Kristoff and ended up a little boxed out for the sprint to the line, almost coming off as he and Israel Cycling Academy’s Tom Van Asboreck were squeezed out on the left hand side; but the result bodes well for the rest of the year and is Frame’s second top 10 finish of the season.
The big news in Trek-Segafredo overnight was the announcement that the team would be signing Vincenzo Nibali from Bahrain-Merida. How the Italian’s arrival at the team will shape the roster is yet to be discovered, with Trek-Segafredo already boasting the likes of Richie Porte, Bauke Mollema and Gianluca Brambilla. What this means for Frame is also unknown, with Frame developing his natural fast-finishing ability on the world stage; the question will be around whether his sprint talent will still have a natural fit with Trek-Segafredo or somewhere like Katusha-Alpecin might be a more attractive destination in 2020.
Right now though Frame is all about getting on with the job at hand and loving every bit of it. Next up on the calendar is the Hammer Limburg event where Frame will team up with Fabio Felline, Jasper Stuyven, Fumiyuki Beppu and John Degenkolb for the three-day race that will also feature Tom Scully of EF Education First and Mitchelton-SCOTT’s Dion Smith alongside New Zealand’s favourite Aussie Robert Stannard.