CLIMBING TOWARDS THE TOP. At the village of Santo Isidro de Pegões, near Setúbal in Portugal, Ruben Guerreiro started his career on a cross-country bike, before taking the leap towards road racing at age 16. Partly due to that MTB background, the youngster known as ‘Cowboy’ always shone as a climber. Credited with good performances as an under-23 -winner of the Volta do Future; called several times for the Portuguese national team-, it didn’t took much time, as with nearly every major Portuguese cyclist in the European scene, for him to start a career abroad. At 20 years of age, he left for no less than the United States, in two different phases as part of the Axeon Hagens Berman (2015-16) and Trek-Segafredo (2017-18) squads.
CONSISTENT STEPS. His years as part of the Axel Merckx-led roster allowed him the necessary time to continue his progression and performing well in the WorldTour straight away. In 2017, he became national road race champion at a tough course in Gondomar, alone against the big local squads; in 2018, he came close to a first international win -2nd in the Queen stage of Algarve; 4th at the Herald Sun Tour; 5th in Plouay-; and in 2019, during a short period with Katusha, he made his Grand Tour debut in La Vuelta, finishing 2nd atop El Acebo and confirming his great progression.
HIS BEST SUCCESS – AND WHAT’S TO COME! The pandemic didn’t stop those improvements, and even served as a breakthrough for his career. In October 2020, he claimed arguably his best victory yet atop Roccaraso, end of stage nine of a Giro d’Italia he ended as the best climber (Maglia Azzurra). In 2021, he returned to Italy and made his TDF debut: he finished 18th in Paris, with several breakaways of note. And in 2022, his best season so far, he rose his arms victorious in style at the Mont Ventoux and finished in the overall podium of the Deutschland Tour (3rd), as well as 4th in the UAE Tour’s Jebel Jais mountain-top finish and 7th in the Flèche Wallonne. Will his arrival to the Movistar Team mark yet another step forward?
2020-22: EF Education First 2019: Katusha Alpecin 2017-18: Trek-Segafredo 2015-16: Axeon Hagens Berman