What do Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-QuickStep & The Netherlands) with two Scheldeprijs wins to his name, Cees Bol (Team DSM & The Netherlands) with a Nokere Koerse win under his belt and Edoardo Afini (Team Jumbo Visma & Italy) chrono specialist with Italian and European u23 iTT titles on his palmares all have in common?
Apart from being riders of quality on World Tour teams?
They all came up through the Dutch SEG Racing Academy development team.
A team like SEG doesn’t just take on any old rider; there has to be a spark which might light up into a pro career – and an acceptance by recruits of the sacrifices that being a professional rider entails.
Step forward, 20 year-old Sean Flynn from Edinburgh; four times a British Champion at youth and junior level, he’s on the SEG roster for season 2021; an achievement in itself… best ‘have a word.’
How did you get into the sport, Sean?
“My parents cycled a bit and I used to go mountain biking in the Scottish Borders, I did other sports but liked cycling best and joined the Edinburgh Road Club in my early teens, it’s all gone on from there.”
And you are four times British C