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Callum Johnston – Looking forward to a second season in Italy with Zappi (Comments Off)


October 9, 2017 • by Ed Hood • in Interviews

If you’re a VeloVeritas regular then you’ll have seen our interview with Flavio Zappi, the man who transforms promising U23 riders into World Tour performers.

Will Scot, Callum Johnston be pulling on a QuickStep jersey in a year or three? Read on…

Mark Donovan – on winning the Aubel-Thimister-La Gleize stage race (Comments Off)


September 15, 2017 • by Ed Hood • in Interviews

Here at VeloVeritas we try to keep abreast of what’s going on across in Europe, one result which caught our recently eye was young Mark Donovan winning the Aubel-Thimister-La Gleize junior stage race in Belgium.

Never an easy thing to do against all those would-be GVA’s. Best ‘have a word.’

Pavel Sivakov – the hottest U23 property in the world (Comments Off)


August 18, 2017 • by Ed Hood • in Interviews

What’s the best thing an aspiring world class athlete can do? Pick their parents carefully, of course. The hottest U23 property in the world right now, Pavel Sivakov did that very thing; dad Alexei was a pro for 10 years with Roslotto, BigMat, CCC and Auber 93. As an amateur he won the Tour of Serbia and as a pro the Circuito Montanes; he rode the Vuelta and three Tours de France.

Mum, Aleksandra Koliaseva? How’s twice world team trial champion, Russian Road race Champion and runner up in the Ladies’ Giro?

The young man himself is just 20 years-old and has been rampant this season winning three of the biggest U23 races on the calendar: the French Ronde de L’Isard and the Italian ‘Baby’ Giro and Giro Valle d’Aosta – all three major shop windows for the World Tour talent scouts. Both of his parents are Russian but Pavel was born in Italy and has lived most of his life in La Belle France.

James Davey – Getting great results in Italy, including the bestial Monte Grappa U23 Classic (Comments Off)


August 7, 2017 • by Ed Hood • in Interviews

Italy’s Bassano-Monte Grappa U23 Classic has been around since 1930 and lists Italian Legend, Gino Bartali as a winner in 1934; with Leonardo Piepoli, Giro winners Ivan Gotti, Gilberto Simoni and Damiano Cunego, not to mention Fabio Aru all on the more recent role of honour.

It’s a beast of race, flat then rearing up the feared Monte Grappa climb – of Giro fame – to finish at over 1700 metres.

Exeter’s James Davey was right there in the 2017 edition taking 10th spot behind Belarusian strongman Aliaksandr Riabushenko who won Bassano-Monte Grappa for the second year in succession.

James Knox – Second in the u23 Liège-Bastogne-Liège (Comments Off)


May 22, 2017 • by Ed Hood • in Interviews

A few weeks ago saw the last of the Spring Classics with ‘La Doyenne’ – Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the oldest and arguably toughest of them all with barely a metre of flat road in it’s 258 kilometres. Before that, the U23 version of the race took place over 166 kilometres but taking in many of its famous big brother’s climbs, such as La Redoute.

Second on the day was 21 year-old Briton, James Knox (Wiggins) – pipped on the line in the velodrome finish by Lotto-Soudal U23 team Belgian rider, Bjorg Lambrecht. And just after his wonderful ride when James spoke to us, his name popped up again on Stage Two of the Tour of Croatia; top 10 right among the big hitters in a mountain top finish – just 26 seconds behind home stage winner Kristijan Durasek (UAE), and finished the race in 8th place on GC.

Our colleague from the Six Days, soigneur Martyn Frank put us in touch with James and here’s what he had to say to VeloVeritas.

Eddie Dunbar – u23 Tour of Flanders 2017 Winner; “I decided to go long” (Comments Off)


April 17, 2017 • by Ed Hood • in Interviews

If ever there was a race tailor made for the King of the hard men, Sean Kelly it was the Ronde van Vlaanderen; but three second places aren’t the same as one win – it remains the only Monument the brilliant Irishman didn’t add to his palmarès. But a man from the Emerald Isle has finally made amends for Kelly’s disappointments and won over the cobbles and ramps of de Ronde – albeit his win was in the U23 version of the fabled event.

Despite his flyweight 56 kilos Eddie Dunbar has already established himself as one of the worlds’ best U23 riders with top ten finishes in the European and World U23 Time Trial Championships – and riding for the Irish team rather than his usual US Axeon-Hagens Berman team he took Ronde victory in that bike riders’ Mecca, historic Oudenaarde.

VeloVeritas caught up with the 20 year-old from County Cork not long after his beautiful win thanks to the good offices of Axeon’s press guru, Sean Weide.

Harry Tanfield – the UK’s number one rated Elite rider in 2016 (Comments Off)


February 11, 2017 • by Ed Hood • in Interviews

We first spoke to Harry Tanfield a couple of years ago having seen him ride well in the Gordon Arms time trial – most recently we spoke to him after he won the David Campbell Memorial road race in Fife back in the spring of 2016.

So when we opened this week’s ‘Cycling Weekly’ and there he was spread across two pages as the UK’s number one rated Elite rider we thought we best ‘have a word’…

Joe Nally – the British Senior Points Race Champion – at just 17 years-of-age (Comments Off)


February 3, 2017 • by Ed Hood • in Interviews

Following in the footsteps of Scottish track stars Mark Stewart and Katie Archibald, we believe Scotland’s Joe Nally to be the youngest ever winner of the British Senior Points Race Championship at just 17 years-of-age. The race was held at the Manchester Velodrome but Nally is another product of Glasgow’s beautiful indoor track; taking bronze in the team pursuit to go with his points gold.

‘Best have a word with the man,’ we thought ourselves here at VeloVeritas.

Mark Stewart – “I realise AN Post is ‘the real deal'” (Comments Off)


January 31, 2017 • by Ed Hood • in Stories, Interviews

The last time we spoke to Scotland’s top endurance track rider, Mark Stewart he’d just added to his growing medal collection at the European Championships with bronze in the team pursuit and silver in the scratch.

Some nice road results in the Ronde van Oost Vlaanderen followed where he made his breakthrough from riding as a domestique and/or ‘getting round’ to being a serious contender for stage and overall honours.

But it wasn’t long before he would be back on the boards – he is a trackman, after all.

Stuart Balfour – Moving up to French DN1; “A big focus in 2017 is making a name for myself” (Comments Off)


January 10, 2017 • by Ed Hood • in Interviews

Young Scot, Stuart Balfour is off to France again for season 2017 – VeloVeritas decided we needed to hear this young man’s story…

Dan Gardner – After a season of two halves, it’s destination AN Post (Comments Off)


November 28, 2016 • by Ed Hood • in Interviews

The last time we spoke to Dan Gardner he’d just ridden the 2015 Worlds TTT in Virginia as part of the American Astellas team. This season saw him back with Astellas for the first part of the season before a mid-season move to the Heartland – Flanders – and a ride with the Baguet Bicycle Center Cycling Academy. The man behind the team, Serge Baguet is a Belgian ex-professional who rode for Lotto and QuickStep and can count a Belgian Elite Road Championship and Tour de France stage among his palmarès.

And for 2017 things just keep getting better for young Mr. Gardner with a ride for cult Belgo/Irish squad, AN Post. We caught up with Dan in late November with the first team get together coming in Calpe in December.

The VV View: Snakes and Ladders (Comments Off)


November 14, 2016 • by Ed Hood • in Nuggets

Snakes and Ladders; Let’s be positive and start with the guys on the way up; 17 year-old Englishman Thomas Pidcock for instance, who won the European Junior Cyclo-Cross Championship in France recently. He’s now one of the favourites for the Worlds in Luxembourg come late January; he was fifth in the Worlds last year and is a year wiser and stronger.

But if there are ladders then there are snakes, too. It’s over Matt Goss; he won a World Team Pursuit Title, Grand Tour Stages, a Worlds Elite Road race Silver, Plouay and – The Primavera. That last result means he’s a Legend.

Gabriel Cullaigh – On leaving the GB Academy and joining SEG Racing (Comments Off)


October 30, 2016 • by Ed Hood • in Interviews

It was Mark Stewart suggested we have a word with this young man, Gabriel Cullaigh; he’s been riding strongly for the GB U23 Academy in Italy but recently decided to make his own way in the tough world of continental bike racing, joining strong Dutch Continental outfit, SEG Racing Academy. Here’s what Gabriel had to say to us just the other day…

Conor Hennebry – Making a Name for Himself in the Kermis School (Comments Off)


October 18, 2016 • by Ed Hood • in Interviews

VeloVeritas senior mentors and pundits Dave and Vik are always quick to let us know if there’s a name to be chasing over in the Flatlands – step forward Irishman Conor Hennebry who’s making a name for himself in the Kermis School.

In time honoured VV fashion we tracked the man down and ‘had a word.’

Angus Claxton – from Plockton to Kortrijk (Comments Off)


October 11, 2016 • by Ed Hood • in Interviews

According to our research, the village of Plockton in Ross and Cromarty has a population of 378 – but it should actually be ‘377 and one would-be Kermis King.’

And you thought Plockton was only famous for ‘Hamish Macbeth’ and one of VeloVeritas’s favourite movies, ‘The Wicker man.’

Enter young Angus Claxton . . .

His name has been brought to our attention by our long term Flatlands race watcher, Viktor; ‘the laddie’s getting round all right,’ said the great man – praise indeed from Vik. We spoke to Angus just before British Cycling announced his acceptance into the Academy.

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We cover all aspects of cycling by actually being there, in the mix: from the local "10" to the famous WorldTour "monuments" - classics like Milan-SanRemo and the Tour of Lombardy, the World Championships, the winter Six Days, and of course the Grand Tours.

We attend many local races as well as work on the professional circuit - and we do it all with a Scottish accent.

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