Alex Frame is the latest Kiwi to make the step up to World Tour cycling, with the JLT-Condor rider signing a two year deal with Trek-Segafredo. The former team pursuit world champion is one of two exciting young riders to be signed by the team which has housed champions such as Fabian Cancellara and most recently Alberto Contador in its outfit.
For 24 year old Frame, the announcement that he is finally making the step up to the highest level of road cycling is a massive accomplishment and he’s eager to hit the ground running and further unveil his potential. “Joining Trek-Segafredo is a massive deal for me, I cannot wait to put on the jersey,” Frame said in a team announcement. “I know I can be competitive at this level. I want to start 2018 well and prove what I am capable of. This is the perfect team for me, I’m looking forward to a great year next year; I could not be happier.”
Alex Frame joins Irishman Ryan Mullen who has signed with Trek-Segafredo from Cannondale-Drapac. The two youngsters have both been signed for two years with the team and General Manager Luca Guercilena knows that in both riders he has signed serious strength. “They are both very strong guys and we are convinced they will be valuable assets for the team,” he said. “Mullen will reinforce our time trial squad and Frame, with his experience from the track, is obviously a very fast rider who will be of great help in the lead-out and as we hope, also in the Classics. We strongly believe that they still have a large margin for improvement. I am confident that they will be a solid option for the future.”
In 2017 Alex Frame has enjoyed 20 top ten finishes included victories at the New Zealand Cycle Classic, Istrian Spring Trophy and Tour du Loir et Cher. He has been a vital member of the JLT-Condor set up and has taken five of the team’s eleven wins this year. He will slot into a classics squad that boasts the likes of John Degenkolb, Jasper Stuyven, Gregory Rast and more.