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Jonathan Vaughters says he has hired Ben Healy for his ability to read a race and then finish the job, by winning, after he’s carved out a chance for himself

EF Education Nippo team boss Jonathan Vaughters has said he has singed Ben Healy for the next two years before the young Irishman’s racing instincts and his ability to take chances we he creates them.

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Healy, who just turned 21-years-old last month, has taken
a series of wins since turning U23; each time getting into winning breakaways
and then riding away to win.

He first did it at the Tour de l’Avenir in 2018, becoming the youngest every winner of a stage on the race regarded as the ‘U23 Tour de France. Healy then repeated that success last year when he won a stage at Ronde de l’Isard and took victory at the National Road Race Championships.

And this season he took victory on the final stage of the Baby Giro; again getting clear in a breakaway and pick his time to attack it, while having the legs to seal the deal.

Ben Healy has carved out a reputation as a rider who can create his own chances and then take them – this stage win in the 2019 Tour de l’Avenir a prime example

Aside from his racer’s abilities, Healy is also a very
good TT rider and was beaten by less than one second for TT victory in the Baby
Giro this year. The man who beat him, Filippo Baroncini of Italy, won the U23
TT world title two weeks ago.

“His skill set is he knows how to get in breaks that make
it to the line and he knows how to win out of those breaks once he’s in them,”
Vaughters said of Healy.

“There aren’t that many guys that have that skill set.
That’s the skill that Ben’s shown over and over again in the U23 races.

“I do see him in the light of a guy who can win races.
That doesn’t mean there aren’t going to be periods where he has to work for other
people. He has a good nose for how to win a race. That’s why we’re hiring

For his part, Healy said he was delighted to be moving to
EF Education Nippo after two years with Trinity Racing.

“When I started to talk with the team, it was clear the
team had a plan for me,” Healy said. “That meant so much to me. It wasn’t just,
‘Yeah, he’s got a few decent results, might as well just sign him.’ There was
thought behind where I’d fit into the team.

“I don’t want to be going to a team just doing my job. I
don’t want to be riding around for a paycheck. I want to be a part of a team.
I’d like to go and be on the bus and have a laugh with everyone. I see this
within the team and that’s something that really appealed to me.

And while he is regarded as an all-rounder with real racer’s instincts, Healy said races with medium climbs appeared to suit him best, adding at times when he was regarded as having little or no chance, he had enjoyed taking on that challenge.

“I feel like a lot of the time I’m a bit of
an underdog going into a race. That’s just given me the hunger to carry on with
it,” he said, using his 2019 stage win at Tour de l’Avenir as an example.

“I didn’t even get a team, I managed to
scrape my way onto the UCI team and I was going there for experience. I managed
to pull off a stage win.

“That feeling of ‘I’m really here to be
competitive’ was such a nice feeling and having the title of being the youngest
person ever to win a stage was pretty cool as well.”

“The 15 to 30 minute climbs, when it’s just a hard day
out, I normally do pretty well when it’s really grim like that,” he said.

“Stepping up to
this new level will be a new challenge and a new way to race. I just want to
learn everything and try to pick up as much as I can from these big names that
I’ll be teammates with. I’m very excited for it. And the equipment and the kit
aren’t too bad either.”

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