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James Shaw – Moving to Belgium and to Lotto Soudal U23 in 2015

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James Shaw
James Shaw.

The last time we spoke to young Englishman, James Shaw he’d just won the junior edition of Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.

Recently he’s followed in the footsteps of Adam Blythe and Dan McLay by signing for Lotto’s U23 ‘feeder’ team.

High time we had another word with him, we thought to ourselves…

Congratulations, James – how did the Lotto ride come about?

“The great John Barclay, who has been taking British riders out to race in Belgium for decades, arranged for me to meet with the team management at Lotto Soudal (Belisol).

The meeting was arranged for a weekend that I was out racing and we met in the hotel on a Saturday evening; we spoke at length about aims and ambitions and after that they offered me a contract for the 2015 season.

“They had previously had Adam Blythe and Dan McLay on their roster, which although nice to follow in the footsteps of such class riders does add a little to the pressure.

“Without doubt thou