• Tsgabu Grmay in the Ethiopian colours at the 2018 UCI Road World Championships. (Getty)Source: Getty
Mitchelton-SCOTT has bolstered its climbing stocks with the signing of Tsgabu Grmay as it hopes to add another Grand Tour victory in 2019 after winning the Vuelta a España this season.
Cycling Central

10 Oct 2018 - 8:37 AM  UPDATED 10 Oct 2018 - 8:53 AM

Grmay will be an important part of the climbing group that targets general classification results throughout the season with the team’s leaders Simon and Adam Yates and Esteban Chaves the team noted.

“He is a little fighter and he is a solid little climber," Sports Director Matt White said. "He is only 27, but he is a very versatile guy.

"He time trials well, he climbs well and he is another guy that we are going to use to back up our leaders in a lot of the climber races throughout the season."

The 27-year-old Ethiopian joins the Australian outfit for the next two seasons after starting his WorldTour career with MTN–Qhubeka then the Lampre–Merida/Bahrain-Merida formation and Trek-Segafredo in 2018

“I’m so happy and really excited for next year," Grmay said. "When we got the get the call from the team it was an easy decision because I have been following the team for many years.

"What the team do in terms of having fun off the bike but keeping it serious business on the bike fighting for the win, I want to be part of that. I always try to push myself and smile as much as I can, so it will be perfect with the team.

“I will come in with a role to the support the GC guys in the climbs and that will be my main job. I will, of course, be wherever the team want me to be, especially on the hard mountain days, and I will work hard for that and I’m ready.

Grmay is a six-time national champion with five Grand Tours under his belt including two full Tour de France races.

“When I said back in 2010 and 2011 my dream was to ride the Tour de France one day people laughed at me and said it was impossible but after six years I made it," he said.

"Now I believe it’s possible I can win one stage in the Tour de France, that’s my dream and every morning I wake up and that is my goal and my life and one day I will do it for sure.

"It will be hard, but it was hard to be the first Ethiopian to make the WorldTour and race the Tour de France so why not?”