‘I’ve got dreams of winning on mystical mountain stages’

‘I’ve got dreams of winning on mystical mountain stages’

George Scott 4 Feb 2019 British talent James Knox on surviving as a neo-pro at Deceuninck–QuickStep, riding for Julian Alaphilippe & targeting the Giro d’Italia James Knox established himself as one of cycling’s most prodigious climbing talents as an Under-23, finishing second at the Liege–Bastogne–Liege Espoirs and behind Egan Bernal on the Tour de l’Avenir’s queen stage in 2017. But after finding himself in the grupetto at the Tour of Romandie and Criterium du Dauphine in his first year as a professional with QuickStep, the Cumbrian began to wonder whether the WorldTour was a pedal stroke too far. ‘I was thinking, "Shit, if something doesn’t really change now, I don’t know what I’m going to do,’’ Knox tells Cyclist . ‘Those were the two hardest moments. I considered myself a climber but ended up in the grupetto for a week.’ Knox is reflecting on his neo-pro year and a rollercoaster ...

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