Rally Cycling is excited to announce the signing of American Joey Rosskopf from WorldTour outfit CCC Team for the next two seasons.
The 31-year-old won the USA National Time Trial Championships in 2017 and 2018, as well as claiming overall victory at the 2016 Tour du Limousin. Rosskopf brings a wealth of experience and strength to the roster, as the team looks toward sharpening its competitive edge in Europe next season.
“I’m just really looking forward to racing for the team,” said Rosskopf. “I can feel myself already approaching next year with a totally different mindset knowing that this is a team on its way up that wants to learn from their riders’ experiences.”
For Rosskopf, the move back to a US-registered team is like completing a story that began years ago.
“When I started racing, the Rally Cycling program was one of the strongest teams in America that you could be on and that was 12 years ago.
“It’s not like I’m packing it in and going back to the US to start over. Rally Cycling has grown to an equal level to what I’ve been doing in the WorldTour the last six years. I can’t imagine the amount of work that riders, staff, and management have done to make that happen.”
After proving himself at the WorldTour level with palmarès including the mountains jersey in the 2020 Tour Down Under and a pair of top-five placings in stages of the 2020 Giro d’Italia, Rosskopf is looking to bring his experience at high-level races to the team.
“I’ve gotten a lot better at being able to sneak into the right breakaways on stages and figuring out how to race aggressively and effectively.”
As a rider with loads of WorldTour experience, Rosskopf’s calm and measured approach to racing with one of the biggest teams in the world will be invaluable.
“I’m looking forward to figuring out how I can provide the most value to the team. If nothing else, I hope to bring a sense of calm and reassurance. That we deserve to be at the biggest races and it’s all possible. You don’t have to be an out-of-place North American lost in Europe. It’s possible to belong.”
Rosskopf lives full-time in Girona, Spain with his wife and is looking forward to coming back to an American team after five years on a European program. With the team’s service course also being located in Girona, much of the roster will be joining Rosskopf at the start of the 2021 season.
“I think for a long time it felt like Americans had this big battle to overcome the expected way of doing things in European cycling culture. I’m the proof that American riders can go over to Europe and be competitive – I’m confident of that.”
As a former national time trial champion, Rosskopf is excited about being able to put a renewed focus on the specialty.
“It has kind of been on the back burner for the last couple of years and it’s an area that I’ve had success in the past so I’d really want to maximize that again.”
The team has had its eyes set on signing Rosskopf since his Hincapie Development Team days back in 2013 and 2014.
“We’ve been talking to Joey for a number of years,” said team director Patrick McCarty. “He’s one of America’s top riders in the WorldTour and we know he’ll be a great fit for our program. We’re excited to get him with our group and to put him front and center for some nice victories for the team.”
Setting his sights on stage race and time trial victories, Rosskopf will become a valued addition to the Rally Cycling program. When asked to summarize his approach to training, racing, and personal development, Rosskopf spoke like a true veteran.
“It seems like people are always looking for the next extreme thing to effect change in their body. My approach is moderation. Simply work hard and do the right thing. It doesn’t take crazy diets or monumental rides. I still feel like I’m improving every year and I’m happy racing my bike.”