Australia’s Jimmy Whelan will journey to Europe as he fights to safe a spot within the European peloton in 2023 and show his true potential as a rider.
The 26-year-old from Melbourne raced for EF Training till 2021 however then fractured his pelvis in the summertime and was not retained by the US WorldTour group. He’s satisfied he can compete in Europe however wants a group to supply him one of many last spots on their 2023 rosters.
Whelan is working with rider agent Baden Cooke, with two groups apparently curious about signing him.
Most groups have accomplished their 2023 rosters however seven WorldTour squads nonetheless have locations out there earlier than they hit the 30-rider UCI restrict, with different spots out there in ProTeams. Astana Qazaqstan signed Mark Cavendish and Cees Bol this week.
Whelan raced for Group Bridgelane in 2022 and gained the opening stage and the general classification of the 2022 Santos Pageant of Biking, the occasion that was held throughout COVID-19 pandemic. He beat quite a few Australian WorldTour riders however was then in a collision with a automobile earlier than a key block of European races with Group Bridgelane.
He completed second within the 2022 Australia nationwide championships and was ninth this yr, with an ever aggressive strategy to the race, displaying he was motivated and had educated effectively in the course of the off season.
Whelan gained the underneath 23 model of the Tour of Flanders in 2018, indicating his skills in at some point races. He considers himself a puncheur and versatile rider. He rode for EF Training for 3 years and accomplished the 2020 Giro d’Italia.
“I’m heading to Europe quickly, within the hope a group can see I’m able to race and aggressive at WorldTour or ProTeam degree,” Whelan advised Cyclingnews.
“I feel I’ve proven the psychological and bodily capability to race in Europe. I don’t need my profession to finish like this and I need to maintain chasing my dream.”
Whelan will head to his European base in Andorra and hope a group provides him an opportunity. He’s impressed by fellow Australian Simon Clarke, who was additionally with out a group in January 2022. Israel-Premier Tech signed him and he went on to win the cobbled stage of the Tour de France.
“I’m hopeful that if I can get a experience, I feel it’ll be price all of the sacrifices I’ve made and value it for the group that decides to put money into me,” Whelan mentioned.
“Different riders and employees I do know say I deserve a spot within the European peloton, I hope a group can see what I can do for them. If somebody provides me an opportunity I’ll be eternally grateful.”