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Matteo Jorgenson

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Place: Boise, ID
Birth: 01/07/1999
Country: USA
Height: 190 Cm
Weight: 67 Kg
Pro debut: 2018
Career path:

2019: AG2R Chambéry (amateur)
2018: Jelly Belly

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Matteo Jorgenson

‘CLASSIC’ RIDER, EXOTIC ORIGIN. Matteo Jorgenson is a kind of rider the Movistar Team is very much used to having in its ranks, even if far too few could imagine a man from Idaho, just next to the Rocky Mountains, would end up wearing the blue jersey with an M on its chest. In 2019, he was the winner of the Points jersey in the Tour de l’Avenir, where he got up to 2nd overall before the final weekend of racing, and finished 4th in the Ronde de l’Isard, a top under-23 event in the Pyrenees. A man for stageraces, solid in both the mountains and the time trial -he took 2nd place at the 2018 US National Champs-, who lands into the perfect place to boost his natural ability for longer events.

ONE E-MAIL AT A TIME. Determined to seek a place inside the professional peloton, to the point of writing three e-mails to European teams every night after long training rides, while still part of the US Juniors development program. That’s how Matteo joined the AG2R development team in 2019, a squad which asked him to move to France and spend the whole season training and racing with them, away from home. Matteo didn’t hesitate, which speaks loads about the ambition and sacrifice taken by this young cyclist, raised at the local projects Byrds, Hot Tubes and Jelly Belly -with whom he already gathered great experience in European racing-.

ANOTHER AMERICAN IN PAMPLONA. The internationalisation of the Movistar Team roster means that most of its newcomers are the first ones from their country aboard, or have had very few conationals joining the Abarca Sports organisation before them. The story repeats itself with Jorgenson, only the second American to have signed a contract with the Pamplona-based team, which briefly had in 1995 an illustrious rider supporting Miguel Indurain as he reached the twilight of his own career: Andrew Hampsten. The latter having won a Giro d’Italia (1988) plus the Young Riders’ competition in the Tour de France (1986), Matteo certainly has a model to follow.

 His 2019 season wasn’t incident-free. At Paris-Roubaix Espoirs -the same race where current team-mate Johan Jacobs took 2nd place-, Matteo suffered a deep cut to his calf with another competitor’s bike, one which had him sidelined for several weeks recovering the area and even seemed like putting his Tour de l’Avenir preparations into jeopardy, though he was able to recover in time and shine brightly.

 He lives in Nice, a place with milder weather than the headquarters of his former team, Chambéry, by the Alps. It’s also an area full of different climbs, which makes things easier when it comes to training for Matteo, who has adapted himself really well to French culture.

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Results
2020

12 Days of Racing
1771.2 Km covered

17th Milano-Sanremo
21th Grande Trittico Lombardo
22th (5th stage) Tour Colombia
24th Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne
31th (3rd stage) Tour Colombia
34th (2nd stage) Tour Colombia
76th Gran Piemonte
95th Tour Colombia
99th (4th stage) Tour Colombia
108th (6th stage) Tour Colombia