Evo Pro Racing unveils final rider and more Irish backroom staff

Posted on: December 21st, 2018

Irish staff Evo Pro Racing

Evo Pro Racing, the new Irish Continental cycling team, has been busy signing riders and staff. It has now unveiled what we’re told is its final rider, as well as more backroom personnel. Above, the team’s latest signing Seid Lizde. Homepage, new team doctor Julian Dalby with former Irish international John Sheehan.


More Irish staff join Evo Pro Racing Continental team


Seid Lizde has become Evo Pro Racing’s latest signing and as things stand he will be the final rider added to the roster for 2019.

The 23-year-old Italian is relatively new to pro cycling, with just two seasons in the international peloton to date.

He rode the final section of last year as a stagiaire for WorldTour outfit UAE Team Emirates.

Lizde then began the 2018 season with UK Continental team Holdsworth Pro Racing. And he switched to ProContinental team Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec from August 1st.

He was the winner of a stage in Tour of China this year. He has also placed runner-up in Trofeo Piva, Gran Premio Industrie del Marmo and GP Laguna.

He’s also won the GP de la Liberazione and placed 4th in a stage at Tour of Qinghai Lake.

Seid Lizde is the seventeenth rider signed by Evo Pro Racing as it prepares for its first season in 2019.

While some of the staff who will run the team were confirmed some time ago, other backroom figures have now been unveiled.

Julian Dalby, a former national road race champion and a man who has worked as strength coach for Conor McGregor, will be part of the Irish squad next season.

Dalby, a power-lifting world record holder, has been a doctor for many years and he will be Evo Pro Racing’s medic next year. He has already worked in that role on the Rás in recent years.


Irish staff Evo Pro Racing

Pulling the national road race champion’s jersey on in 1990 in Waterford, Julian Dalby will be Evo Pro Racing’s doctor.


Another man well known on the Irish cycling scene is Alan Heary. Among other positions in the sport, he has run the Wicklow 200 for the IVCA in recent years.

Heary joins the team as its mental fitness coach. And he has many years experience, through his company Ultimate Ventures Ltd, working with athletes and businessmen to improve their strategy, motivation and mindset.

Rasti Zoller, from Slovakia, joins the team as logistics manager and sports director. He has worked as a cycling team and sports brand manager in Slovakia.

They join PJ Nolan, a former RTE broadcaster, who is the team’s general manager and former Irish road champion and ex-pro Morgan Fox, who is head sports director.

Matteo Cigala, a former U23 Italian international living in Ireland, is the coach and a sports director with Evo Pro Racing.

Jon Dam, an Australian who worked with the Interpro-Stradalli team this year, is also a sports director with the new Evo Pro Racing. Story continues below video…



But it is the riders who will be the centre of attention. For a new team, Evo Pro Racing’s management has done very well in signing the names they have.

As well as latest signing Lizde, Irish road and track international Mark Downey has also been confirmed for the team in recent days.

He and fellow Banbridge CC man, Matt Teggart, move to Evo Pro Racing from Team Wiggins.

Other Irish riders in the new Irish Continental team include Daire Feeley, who has been based in Monaco in recent years.

US-based Irishman Cormac Mcgeough, who rode for Jelly Belly this year, also joins. And Aaron Kearney, who rode for Viner-Caremark-Pactimo and Holdsworth this year, steps up.


Irish will ride in international line-up

Italian Eugenio Alafaci, Albanian Eugert Zhupa and Dominic Mestre from Portugal have been unveiled in recent days.

Alafaci (28) has spent the past five years riding for the Trek WorldTour team. Eugert Zhupa (28) has joined the new team after three years with Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia.

Dominic Mestre (25) last raced at Continental level in 2015; for the Louletano-Ray Just Energy Continental team.

Also in the team for next year is Australian U23 road race champion Cyrus Monk.

Dutch pro Wouter Wippert, with 20 career victories to date in UCI-ranked races, has also signed.

Kiwis Aaron Gate and Shane Archbold, who have ridden in the past for An Post-Chainreaction and Aqua Blue Sport, will also race in Evo Pro Racing colours next year.

Australian Harry Sweeny was the first confirmed signing. Kiwi Luke Mudgway is also confirmed as is Briton Daniel Whitehouse and Spanish rider Albert Muella Galvez.