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Dewey has hit the ground running in France, with wins in the 138 kilometre/198 starters Etoille De Tressignaux – and you have to check out their website, the accordion music is cool – a stage win plus the GC in the two day Fleche d’Armor and a stage win and spell in yellow in the Tour de Lesneven.
We caught up with Douglas on a trip back to Blighty to have a minor injury checked out.
Stage Five of the Tour of Korea was a historic one – the first ever win for an Ethiopian rider at this level; youngster, Tsgabu Grmay of South Africa’s first Pro Continental team, MTN-Qhubeka powered by Samsung. This year has seen the man from Mekele, 2,000 metres up in the Tigrayan Highlands of Etiopia land a top ten GC placing in the Tour of Langkawi as well as second on GC in Taiwan to go with his stage win. We caught up with him upon his return to Europe to ride the Tour of Trentino.
The work ethic it takes to be reach and remain on the Australian National Squad is well known to the ‘Euros.’ The latest young man to take note of is Queenslander, Jordan Kerby; in his short career he’s achieved much – including two world titles.
Kerby was one of the ‘names’ of early 2013 with a prologue win and spell in the leader’s jersey in the Australian, Herald Sun Tour – but really caught the eye with his win in the Australian U23 Road Race Championship. VeloVeritas spoke to the 20 year-old as his career began with Danish Continental squad Christina Watches-Onfone.
Our man with his finger on the Flanders pulse, Vik, first tipped us off about this gentleman at the end of the 2011 season.
Llewellyn Kinch was getting up there on the Belgian results websites and onto Vik’s radar.
Here are the background questions we asked, from the end of the 2011 season.
Christopher Jennings is best remembered by Scottish readers as the winner of the 2012 Davie Bell Memorial race. We interviewed him just after his win, back in the summer and used his biog, from the Rapha-Condor website to do the introductions;
“The son of English parents, 20 year-old Christopher Jennings actually hails from South Africa and comes to the Rapha Condor Sharp team via a year spent racing in Spain for the Burgos 2016 team. Jennings is a former National Junior Road Race Champion of South Africa, and represented his country in the under 23 World Road Race Championships in Copenhagen last year. A slight rider and strong climber Jennings can also perform on the pave, and will be a useful addition to the team’s stage race potential in 2012.
It was back in the spring when we last spoke to Douglas Dewey; he’d just won Gent-Staden, the first big race on the Belgian amateur calendar.
Since then he’s ridden a very varied programme, including stage races in France and Belgium, hard fought kermises, a silver medal in the British Elite TT Championships and bronze in the British Pursuit Championship.
We thought we’d better do an end of season ‘catch up’ with the versatile Englishman.
Yorkshire rider Adam Blythe first grabbed the big headlines when he won two stages and the GC in the 2010 Circuit Franco-Belge; a UCI 2.1 stage race with a history stretching back to 1924. Blythe became one of the youngest-ever winners in the event, beating Sep Vanmarcke (Topsport Vlaanderen) by six seconds and Jakob Fuglsang (Saxo Bank) by seven.
This winter saw him line up for the Sixday Nights of Zürich where VeloVeritas took the opportunity to get his thoughts on the winter boards as well as his road career.
When our friend Vik isn’t criticising me for going to Grenoble; ‘glorified kid’s tea party!’ he’s scouring the Belgian websites for the ‘next Jack Bauer.’
It was Vik (for those who don’t know, our pal pedalled the hard roads of Belgium in his day, still trains hard and is our outspoken elder statesman, observer and ‘critic in chief’) who was first to spot the Kiwi’s potential as his name edged up the results in the heartland’s kermises.
So the call came; ‘you should be talking to that Manchester laddie, Jack Cousins, he’s doing well!’
And if Vik says it, we do it. Usually.
Baby Giro winner, Joe Dombrowski is just half the story when it comes to rising US stars joining Team Sky for 2013. Dombrowski’s friend, countryman and Bontrager-Livestrong team mate, Ian Boswell is another young man who’s been busy this year, attracted a lot of attention and will be joining the Team Sky juggernaut.
The 21 year-old was second in the U23 Liege-Bastogne-Liege and fifth in both the Tour of Utah and Tour de l’Avenir.
Boswell took time off from ‘camping, hunting and fishing’ in Bend, Oregon to chat to Velo Veritas not long before he prepared to fly back to London for a Sky get together.
Sometimes a ride comes along and right away you can just tell he has what it takes. We first caught sight of Joe Dombrowski at the Italian Valle d’Aosta stage race, last year.
Aosta, l’Avenir, the Baby Giro and the U23 Worlds are where the pro talent scouts do their window shopping. At the Copenhagen Worlds we caught up with him for an interview and our positive impression of this young man was nothing but endorsed.
‘Stars of the future ?’ Here’s one – please just remember where you read it first.
After the toughest stage of the Tour of California – traversing brutal Mount Baldy, many were asking ‘who’s Joe Dombrowski ?’
But to those who study the U23 results, Dombrowski’s ride was a logical progression.
One of the names missing from Gila (one of the big US early season races) is that of Bissell’s, 21 year-old Paddy Bevin. The New Zealander preferring to keep closer to sea level as he starts his build up for the Tour of California.
Bevin chose the US rather than Europe as a stopover on his journey to the World Tour and has seamlessly made the transition from promising Kiwi junior to NRC (US Premier Calendar equivalent) danger man.
As the Giro battles raged from Scandinavia down to the Mediterranean, the next generation of Giro stars went about their business.
Take 18 year-old Kiwi, James Oram – in 2011 he won the ‘junior Tour de France,’ the Tour de l’Abitibi in Canada.
The likes of Steve Bauer, Laurent Jalabert, Bobby Julich and Andy Hampsten have all ridden in Abitibi so it’s a good indicator of potential.
The Scottish road racing season kicked off last Saturday at Gifford and any fears of ‘same old, same old’ were quickly dispelled by ‘Master Tom Arnstein’ of Velo Ecosse.
The first year junior was too strong for time trial specialist Arthur Doyle at the finish, after spotting the danger in an early break and bridging across.
Tom took time to speak to VeloVeritas, the day after his win.
Vik’s latest nod to us is regarding an Englishman, Douglas Dewey. Douglas won the British U23 time trial championships last season, but the other week he pulled off a major win in Belgium-Gent Staden, the first major amateur classic of the year.
The race dates back to 1949 and numbers Walter Godefroot, Eddy Planckaert and Michel Pollentier among past winners.