7 World Tour Newcomers To Watch For 2018


– Stepping up to World Tour level will be one of the most
significant gear shifts of any pro rider’s career. And here are seven riders
who’ll be doing just that who we think you should keep your eye on as they look to impress in 2018. Incredibly still 20 years of age, Colombian rider, Egan Bernal, has spent the last couple of seasons riding at pro-continental level with the Italian, Androni-Sidermec squad who, quite shrewdly,
had originally tied him to a three year deal before he was lured away to Team Sky for the same length term of contract due to his quite incredible
climbing prowess. In 2017, the former mountain biker had no less than nine race wins, including the overall and
two mountain top finishes at the prestigious Tour de L’Avenir. And he ended the season
with a flourish as well proving that he could race with the very best riders in the world at the longest distances too with 13th place at the last monument the Tour of Lombardy. Now he is without doubt one of the finest young
climbing talents in the world. But will be he given the
chance to flourish on Team Sky? An all-rounder with
true time trial ability, 22-year-old, Scott
Davies, of Great Britain spent the last couple of seasons riding at continental level with Team Wiggins and
was this year crowned, for the fourth time in a row, British, Under 23, Time-Trial Champion. As well as rounding off the
season with a top ten spot at the Under 23 Time-Trial
Worlds in Norway. His excellence against the clock is matched by his ability on the road to perform over all sorts of terrain. Taking 12th overall whilst
only 19 years of age against World Tour opposition, in the Tour of Yorkshire, for example That was followed up by
string of top G.C. places on some of the most
mountainous and prestigious Under 23 stage races in the world. And then last year he was fourth overall in the Baby Giro. That was enough to convince Dimension Data that Davies has got what it takes to take it to the next level. Young American, Neilson Powless, is without doubt, one of the most talented all-rounder’s of his generation. And after two stellar seasons with Axeon Hagens Berman he’s been snapped up by
Dutch World Tour Team LottoNL-Jumbo As a spritely 19-year-old at the 2016 edition of
the Tour of California he announced himself on to the world stage with a string of top ten performances which ultimately led to
a fine 9th place overall under the watch of many
a World Tour manager. His progress continued through 2017 highlights of which included the Under 23 American Road title, a stage in the Baby Giro, but arguably the season’s
highlight for him was fourth place in the
brutally tough Tour of Utah The signing of Ecuadorian Road Champion Jhonatan Narvaez, again illustrates Quickstep Floors team
manager, Patrick Lefevere’s keen eye for up and coming young riders. But it’s the sheer versatility
of Narvaez’s talent that makes this one such
an exciting proposition. He broke the Junior World Pursuit record by over two seconds on the track and also took out the Under 23
at National Time-Trial title whilst at the time beating
far older opposition. And in 2017, he rode for the US based Axeon Hagens Berman team where he absolutely excelled on the road. His performances included
the overall classification at the circuit of the Ardennes, a stage win at the Tour of the Gila and a nicely impressive 15th place overall at the Tour of Utah against
World Tour opposition on a brutally mountainous course. Arguably the hardest stage
race in the United States. Adding superior climbing credentials to his preexisting sprinting
and time trial capabilities. At 26, Jan Hirt, is the
oldest rider in our list and he’s been plying his trade
at a pro-continental level with Polish team CCC-Sprandi-Polkowice for the last three years where he’s proved to be
a pretty classy contender in the high mountains. His 2016 overall win
in the Tour of Austria being a really good example. Last year he drew the attention
of several World Tour teams with a stand out performance
in the Giro d’Italia, his debut Grand Tour. He actually got stronger
as the race headed into it’s final
ferociously difficult week. Now this consistency,
netted him an exceptional 12th place overall, and a two year deal with Astana where he’ll now form part
of the Kazakh squad’s Grand Tour ambitions. Given his remarkable trajectory over the last couple of seasons as a protected sprinter for
the French Pro Conti Team, Fortuneo-Vital Concept, it was no surprise to see
British rider, Dan McLay make the jump to World Tour. His tally of eight top ten finishes in bunch sprints of the last two editions of the Tour de France illustrate his talent to sprint at the very highest level of the sport. It’s not only that his bike skills are
something to behold as well. Check out the insane finish
of the 2016 Tour de Denain where he somehow, miraculously almost threaded his way through
the bunch to victory. This ability and potential has persuaded EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale to offer him a berth
on their squad for 2018 where he’ll be a key sprinter
alongside Sacha Modolo. 21 year old climbing
sensation, Lucas Hamilton has followed former Under
23 Orica-Scott riders Jack Haig and Robert Power into signing for the World Tour squad. The former Aussie Junior Road Champion has really impressed in 2017, winning the Tour of Alsace, was 4th overall in the Tour of l’Avenir, was Runner-up in the Baby Giro, where he also showed his
remarkable versatility by also winning the individual time trial. His burgeoning potential has been rewarded with a three year deal, testament to the squads
investment in young riders. Next in line to Esteban
Chaves, the Yates twins, he certainly seems to have
all the qualities needed It’s going to be a very
interesting few years for that young man. Do you think these guys
have got what it takes? And who else do you think
should have been on this list? Let us know in the comment
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100 thoughts on “7 World Tour Newcomers To Watch For 2018

  1. Miguel Angel "Superman" Lopez … 23 year Old astana new top contender, last year make froome wonder ¿another Colombian rider? and yes he has been here and there but this year he is the main card for the giro and maybe the future capo squadra steping up to the Fabio Aru departure to UAE team.

  2. Bold prediction but am taking, quick step new Colombian Alvaro Hodeg also as a newcomer to watch, can tell the margin fo weigth he would have on the team victories but if he excel as he did for Egan Bernal in the tour d´lavenir well he is and will be as good as gaviria in sprints and also a potential of a time trial cyclist in the bag making quickstep the 4 aces in the sprints Gaviria Viviani Richese … Hodeg?

  3. Watch out for Niklas Eg – just signed on to Trek and he is really strong!
    But that may just be my national heart at play here

  4. There are so many top level young cyclists in Colombia, but funding is crap. Comparing what Colombian cyclists have achieved already compared to 'Western country cyclists' is astounding!

  5. Make pleas a ccn ore something
    Cyclo Cross Network the gcn ore gmbn can choose the name pleas doo that next season im gonna doo cyclo cross

  6. I have been a big fan of the cannondale team now for a while, however i was born with a speech impediment and so will struggle this season with the name change lol.

  7. This video brings up an interesting point: Can the under 23 National Champions wear the National Jerseys at all races or are they limited to the under 23 races? #tourqueback

  8. Pavel Sivakov en Bjorg Lambrecht needed to be in this! I am an u23 rider who races againt all this riders and I can guarantee, they have an exceptional amount of talant!

  9. Whats with Hermann Pernsteiner? From top mountainbike marathon rider to UAE! Check out his performance at the pro ötztaler 5500!

  10. I notice your references to the Tour of Utah with a couple of these riders. You guys need to come over with your camera crew this year and check it out! Love living here in Utah – great cycling opportunities!

  11. Kevin Rivera de Costa Rica. No falta mucho para que lo veamos entre los mejores del mundo. Este año correrá su primer giro de italia!!!

  12. Keep an eye on Alvaro Hodeg new rider for quick step very fast on the sprint, stage winner on tour de l'venir 2017.

  13. Michael Storer and Jai Hindley are both young Perth riders heading to the pro team, Giant Alpecin. They have what it takes. I would know I've been trying to hold their wheels since I was 13 years old…..

  14. Kristoffer Halvorsen and Pavel Sivakov should have been mentioned for sure. Others you at least would deserve an honorable mention would have been Bjorn Lambrecht, Fabio Jakobsen, Eddie Dunbar and Niklas Eg.

    To conclude, there are a lot of new riders to look out for in 2018! So many in fact that GCN blundered by not mentioning two of the most impressive riders in their generation Pavel and Kristoffer. However, every rider mentioned in the video deserves a mention. Hence the biggest mistake made my GCN was to title the video "7 World Tour Newcomers…" when in fact it should have said: 10 (or 13 or at least a few honorable mentions in there). and why 7? such a random number 😛

  15. Fabio Jakobsen. From the SEG Racing Academy to Quick Step Floors. 9 wins in 2017 including stage wins in Tour de l'Avenir, Tour de Normandie and Tour d'Alsace as well as back-to-back U23 National RR titles

  16. 2 Part question:
    1. When is the optimum time to go for your recovery ride? Straight after a big effort? Wait until tea and cake? After a good nights rest?
    2. Might be debatable but who would win in a race around Valkenburg-Limburg: Mathieu Van der Poel on his Stevens Super Prestige or Nino Schuter on his Scott Scale? (Will ask the same to GMBN) #TorqueBack

  17. GRANDE JONATHAN NARVAEZ!! Super proud about my country's cycling future and looking forward to see him and Richard Carapaz this season.

  18. The Quick Step Floors Manager Patrick Lefévère walked past Peter Sagan! Admittedly because of him wanting money and to be able to mountain bike, but still! 😛

  19. Willie Smit, he has now been recruited to ride for team Katusha Alpecin and is from South Africa 🇿🇦. Please don’t forget about him

  20. You missed Willie Smit from South Africa riding for Katusha Alpecin. African conti champ and an amazing life story. Should have been on here

  21. Egan Bernal is the only one to look at… Tour de l'Avenir 2017 was a train for him.
    This guy is going to dominate for many years.

  22. Maybe those other young riders Sky got, not only Bernal. Pavel Sivakov, Chris Lawless and definitely Kristoffer Halvorsen too.

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