Michel Ries, 21, joined Trek-Segafredo as a stagiaire in 2018, gaining some first-hand experience with the WorldTour team. Still, General Manager Luca Guercilena decided the young Luxembourger would benefit from another year to develop further with the U23 Kometa Cycling Team. It was the right call. In 2019, Michel finished second in two stages at the prestigious U23 race, the Tour de l’Avenir, and finished seventh overall. He also secured third in the mountains classification, proving his climbing prowess. Earlier in the season, Michel won Stage 3 of the Giro Ciclistico della Valle d’Aosta Mont Blanc while his teammate Juan Pedro López also won, claiming Stage 4 a day later. Both teammates are joining the American UCI WorldTour team as Trek-Segafredo continues to invest in its future with exciting young prospects.

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If you could have a dinner party with any 3 people in the world, dead or alive, who would you pick?

Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump, and Bill Gates. I would be curious to find out what it feels like to be so powerful.

If you could borrow one cycling aptitude from any of your Trek-Segafredo teammates what would it be and from whom?

The strength of Mads Pedersen at the classics. I would like to know what it feels like flying over the cobbles in Belgium.

What’s the best advice you were ever given? Who gave it?

''If you are suffering, the others are as well.'' My coach when I was younger

What is your favorite Bontrager or Trek equipment?

The Bontrager Aeolus XXX wheels.