Uno-X hires a sports director from the world’s biggest cycling team

Uno-X hires a sports director from the world’s biggest cycling team

He has worked closely with some of the biggest cycling stars in the world, in the team that won the yellow jersey in the Tour de France with Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome and Egan Bernal.

But after ten years in INEOS, which previously went by the name Team Sky, Gabriel Rasch has been lured home to Norway.

Gabriel Rasch will be Uno-X’s new sporting director. Photo: Yngve Sem Pedersen / TV 2

According to what TV 2 learns, Gabriel Rasch will agree with the Norwegian professional team Uno-X to be included in their corps of sports directors from and including 2023.

– It is no secret that we want to gather good and experienced forces in cycling Norway and “Gabba” is obviously one of them. Then we’ll see what we can achieve, says Uno-X CEO Jens Haugland in a comment.

Becomes Kristoff’s boss

The 46-year-old from Hole in Ringerike ended his career as a cyclist in Team Sky in 2014, before continuing in the British team as sporting director. Since then, he has signed a rolling contract with the team, which changed its name to Ineos in 2020.

TV 2 was in contact with Rasch on Tuesday, who does not want to comment on the information that he is now reunited with his former colleague Kurt Asle Arvesen, who has the sporting responsibility in Uno-X.

– “Gabba” is sitting on a unique experience after his time at Sky/Ineos. Just think of all the success they have and how they have contributed to the sport’s development through their focus on details, says Mads Kaggestad, TV 2’s cycling expert.

Uno-X boss Jens Haugland was high after Søren Wærenskjold's World Cup gold and - according to what TV 2 has learned - has more to cheer about.

Uno-X boss Jens Haugland was high after Søren Wærenskjold’s World Cup gold and – according to what TV 2 has learned – has more to cheer about.

Gabriel Rasch is thus doing like Alexander Kristoff, and from next season will join in what is hoped will be a Norwegian cycling adventure – if it isn’t already.

– Stupid!

Uno-X has a goal of becoming a World Tour team and participating in the Tour de France. They have already distinguished themselves with a number of strong results – and were rewarded this season with the opportunity to drive both the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.

On Monday, they could cheer that one of their riders, Søren Wærenskjold, rode to gold on the pace in the U23 WC. And Uno-X has already exported a number of riders into the big professional world, not least Tobias Foss – who was able to wear the rainbow jersey on Sunday after the senior pace in Australia.

Gabriel Rasch and Alexander Kristoff will both be part of Uno-X from 2023. Photo: Pa Photos / NTB

Gabriel Rasch and Alexander Kristoff will both be part of Uno-X from 2023. Photo: Pa Photos / NTB

– What is stupid about “Gabba” leaving Ineos is that it is good for Norwegian cycling to have a person close to such a large team with a view to recording Norwegian riders and races. The positive thing is that he has worked closely on the sport’s strongest performance culture among the biggest talents in the sport. This gives him unique experience that can further stimulate investment in Uno-X. “Gabba” probably gets more say and a bigger hand at the wheel in Uno-X than he gets in Ineos, which is also developing for him as a person. Therefore, I fully understand if it is tempting to take on a new challenge in a rapidly developing Norwegian team, says Kaggestad.

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