Wednesday, May 22, 2024
HomeNuggetsThe VV View: How Did the New Talent in 2022 Fare?

The VV View: How Did the New Talent in 2022 Fare?


Last winter we looked at the new talent, the Young Guns’ who we felt were going to be making the 2022 headlines. Did we get it right? Let’s have a wander through the names.

* * *

Lewis Askey, 21 years-old, Groupama FDJ & GB

New Talent
Lewis Askey. Photo©Gary Main

Askey came close to a big win with second place in the UCI 1.1 Classic Loire Atlantique and there were strong rides in Nokere Koerse – 13th and Paris-Bourges – 12th.

A very solid but not spectacular season for the aggressive young man from Cannock.

* * *

Juan Ayuso, 20 years-old, UAE Team Emirates & Spain

New Talent
Juan Ayuso. Photo©DMT

If Askey’s season wasn’t ‘spectacular’ then 2021 Baby Giro’s full pro debut certainly was all of that with an overall podium finish in the Vuelta.

Ayuso ‘ran hot’ from February where he took fourth in the tough UCI 1.Pro Drome Classic in France through his first pro win in the UCI 1.1 Circuito de Getxo in July to that Vuelta in September – small wonder UAE have him signed until 2028.

* * *

Filippo Baroncini, 22 years-old, Trek Segafredo & Italy 

New Talent
Filippo Baroncini. Photo©Getty

File the 2021 u23 World Champion’s season under ‘solid’ rather than spectacular with a brace of fifth places in his nation’s iTT and road race champs the highlights.

* * *

Marc Brustenga, 23 years-old, Trek Segafredo & Spain 

New Talent
Marc Brustenga. Photo©Trek

A lacklustre year from the Spaniard proving that whilst some, like Ayuso, can seamlessly ease into the big league, some find it hard to accept that whilst they’re one of the top dozen u23’s around, in the World Tour peloton most of the riders are at their level, or above it. 

* * *

Arnaud De Lie, 20 years-old, Lotto Soudal & Belgium 

New Talent
Arnaud De Lie. Photo©Lotto

Just the nine wins for this Walloon!

The Belgian team deserve some luck and have signed a diamond with this young man. Should we pencil De Lie in as 2023 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne winner?

* * *

Finn Fisher-Black, 21 years-old, UAE Team Emirates & New Zealand 

New Talent
Finn Fisher-Black. Photo©Johann Conus

We didn’t get to see the best of Fisher-Black, the former World Junior Pursuit record holder; a serious crash in the French, Boucle de la Mayenne stage race at the end of May saw him break his femur.

His return to racing came on January 17th in the Tour Down Under.

* * *

Luke Plapp, 22 years-old, INEOS Grenadiers & Australia 

Lucas Plapp. Photo©Con Chronis/Getty

Plapp couldn’t have had a better start to his pro career, lifting the always hard-fought Aussie Road Race title in January.

Top 10 in the tough Tour of Romandie, the podium in the Tour of Norway and getting round the Vuelta in one piece made for a very promising debut for the man from Melbourne. 

* * *

Martin Svrček, 19 years-old, Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl & Slovakia 

Martin Svrček. Photo©QuickStep

Very successful as a junior, the Belgian team have him on a limited programme in deference to his age. 2023 should tell us more…

* * *

Ben Tullett, 21 years-old, INEOS Grenadiers & GB 

Ben Tullett. Photo©Ineos

INEOS used to have a reputation for using their young riders as slave labour for their ‘Bigs’ – no longer.

The new talent are given their head and with second on GC in Coppi e Bartali and fifth on GC in the Tour of Poland not to mention two excellent fifth place chronos in the Giro the team’s new policy is certainly paying off for Tullett.

* * *

Cian Uijtdebroeks, 19 years-old, BORA – hansgrohe & Belgium

Cian Uijtdebroeks. Photo©BORA-hansgrohe

The ‘thinking man’s Remco’ quietly goes about his business – eighth in the Tour of Norway, third in the Sibiu Tour and an outstanding winner of the Tour de l’Avenir.

The only surprise is that BORA don’t have Uijtdebroeks on a five year deal already but perhaps they’ve already tried to and he realises that if his current trajectory continues then he’ll be worth much more by the end of 2023?

* * *

Ethan Vernon, 22 years-old, Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl

Ethan Vernon. Photo©Getty

A stage win in Catalonia, two in the Tour of Slovakia and a whole raft of top placings – that’ll do nicely.

All in all, we didn’t do too badly with our predictions – but who did we overlook?

* * *

Roman Gregoire, 19 years-old, Equipe continentale Groupama FDJ & France