Henrique Avancini Leaves Cannondale After 8 Years

Nov 18, 2022 at 4:10
by Ed Spratt  

After eight years of racing, it has been announced that Henrique Avancini will be leaving the Cannondale Factory Racing team for next year.

Since joining the team in 2014 Henrique Avancini has been at the front of World Cup XC racing and in his career has secured one World Cup win, nine World Cup podiums and is a 10 times National Champ. Following such a long and successful period with Cannondale, it will be interesting to see where the Brazilian rider ends up next.

bigquotesI'm very glad of the history me and Cannondale built together. This was a very successful journey that allowed me to put the sport I love under the spotlights in my country and also build a solid career on the highest international level. To leave CFR wasn't an easy call, but I'm leaving with a lot of lessons, friends, accomplishments and many memories that I can keep proudly in my heart. I feel I have given everything to this project and it's time to find new goals and chase new challenges. But being sure, I won't forget all that Cannondale and CFR provided to me. Henrique Avancini

bigquotesWe embraced Henrique as a rider for Cannondale from his first ride at team camp eight years ago, and now we have the honor in celebrating Henrique as one the best riders in the world, a steward for our sport, and an ambassador for Brazilian mountain biking as we pay tribute to him and the shift in his pursuits as an elite athlete. We will always cherish our time as teammates and cheer for Henrique in his quest for his goals for the future. Jonathan Geran, Cannondale Director of Sports Marketing

It is not clear what Henrique Avancini's plans are for next year, but we will keep you updated when we know more.


  • 69 0
 It would seem they came to a fork in the road, which gave Henrique the right to leave and Cannondale with fewer options left. Also, Headshox
  • 12 12
 Good thing the fork in the road wasn't a lefty lol
  • 3 0
 Very good Greg. Last sentence spoilt it a bit but still , excellent
  • 6 0
 @Madfella: Personally, I feel the last bit laced the wheel together. Asymmetrical.
  • 2 0
 @20sixisok: Ai…, all these silly left side comments leave a lot to be desired on the right
  • 56 0
 The mountain bike industry should pick a trade/signing deadline date like other sports. That way Levy and Kaz can host a Pinkbike TradeCentre like TSN does with hockey. They could even get matching blazers and bring Tippie in for commentary. I'd watch the shit out of that.
  • 3 0
 Hot stove!!
  • 5 0
 @Rich-Izinia: We're on to something here. @mikelevy are you writing this down?
  • 3 0
 The pressure and intensity might even get @mikekazimer to raise his voice in excitement!

I’m all about this idea
  • 2 0
 @onawalk: if Free Agent Frenzy presented by SRAM doesn't get him excited I don't know what will.
  • 27 2
 If Avancini didn't sell enough Cannondales in Brasil to pay his way, then thats on Cannondale. No MTB rider has recently done as much to promote the sport in their home country as Henrique has.
For crying out loud, he got the UCI to go below the equator and televise a race after building the track!
Is Avancini starting his own team?
  • 13 0
 You do see loads of cannondales around here and xc dominates the landscape. My guess is that he's going to lead a Caloi's team, which is a local brand that's also part of Dorel/Pon.
  • 4 1
 @paulomach: I had a Caloi Pro back in the 1990s. I rode that frame for years until it failed miserably during a local afternoon ride. I finished a blast down a chute and the bike felt all noodlely. I found a crack about 2/3 around the top tube about 3cm behind the steerer tube and the driveside chainstay was cracked almost all the way through. I really liked that bike.
  • 2 0
 @paulomach: and he has a youth development team that is sponsored by Caloi
  • 21 2
 bet Tinker's pissed.
  • 13 0
 I’m pissed and I might have a Tinker.
  • 8 1
 @dirtyburger: what are you Tinking about?
  • 1 0
 And "Paul" must be big mad too.
  • 19 8
 I hope this will rekindle that strong rivalry between Avancini and Nino.
  • 45 7
 It was never a rivalry. One has to be competitive with the other for it go be a rivalry. Respect to Avancini but he’s never been on the same level as Nino. Don’t take this as a slight. Nino really didn’t have any rivalry’s.
  • 21 3
 @JosephDunbar: My comment was a joke. Oh well.
  • 49 1
 @JosephDunbar: First lap Avancini is on par with Nino its just those other laps which are the problem
  • 21 2
 @JosephDunbar: have you ever heard of someone named Absalon?
  • 26 1
 @prevail: third son of King David?
  • 6 0
 @mi-bike: it’s almost like you can read my mind. Impressive!
  • 5 1
 Cannondale said a "shift in his pursuits". Sounds to me like something other than mountain biking?
  • 3 0
 We'll find out more on Pinkbike TradeCentre with @mikelevy and @mikekazimer
  • 7 1
 The fire is gone
  • 3 1
 It's that time of year again
  • 2 4
 AH made HA look as bad as he actually was. Now Manny can pick a young rider that can actually finish a WC up front.
  • 3 0
 Just wait for Andreassen’s return to the top.
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