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Team Wiggins’ Scott Davies Gets PEZ’d!
Rider Interview: It's good to see young riders showing the future is bright for our sport of cycling. In Britain there is a flock of 'new blood' coming through and one of the most successful is Team Wiggins' Scott Davies. Ed Hood caught up with Scott recently.

Campocavallo - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Scott Davies (Team Wiggins)  pictured during Giro D’Italia Under 23 - 2017  stage - 5 b  from Campocavallo to Campocavallo 14 km - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2017

A U23 National title in a European country is a hard enough thing to win once, with all those young bloods desperate for recognition. But to win the same title four times in a row as a U23, that’s special – and you may like to read what British Elite TT and road race champion has to say about Team Wiggins’ Scott Davies: "He’s a good young rider, that’s four times he’s won the British U23 time trial title and he looks very neat and tidy on his bike. He also rode a very good Baby Giro, he’s 66/68 kilos so can climb as well as time trial, that’s an unusual but good combination."

Davies was seventh in the 2013 World Junior Road Race Championship and by 2015 he took top 10’s on GC in the Herald Sun Tour in Australia and that spawning ground for stars, the Flèche du Sud in Luxembourg. Last year saw top 10’s on GC in the tough Triptyque des Monts et Chateaux in Belgium, the Tour of Croatia, the Ronde de l’Isard – where he also took a stage – and second on GC in the Tour of Alsace.

This year saw him narrowly miss the podium in the ‘Baby Giro’ or ‘Girobio,’ which is one of the biggest ‘shop windows’ - along with the Tour de l’Avenir and Valle d’Aosta stage races - in the sport for the talent scouts.

Team Wiggins soigneur Martyn Frank put us in touch with young Mr. Davies and here’s what he had to say to PEZ:

PEZ: Congratulations on four U23 TT champs on the trot, Scott - is it possible for you to make it five and which one has given you most satisfaction?
Scott Davies:
Unfortunately I won't be able to challenge the U23 title for fifth time; I'll be competing in the senior champs next year. Last year was probably the toughest and the most satisfying to win, I had to go really deep; Tao Geoghegan Hart who was second is with Team Sky now.

Ponferrada - Spain  - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  Scott Davies (GBR) pictured during  Championnats du Monde UCI CLM/ UCI TT World Championships (Men Under 23  WC - Wereldkampioenschap Time Trial Individual - photo Davy Rietbergen/Dion Kerckhoffs/Anton Vos/Cor Vos © 2014

PEZ: How did the road race champs go for you?
The road race didn't go as well as I'd hoped; I really wanted to do the double. I managed to be there when the important splits happened but ran out of legs on the circuit with about four laps to go. I gave it my all, so I've got to be happy with second in the U23 Road Race Championships.

PEZ: You can climb and TT - that's a good combination; what sort of work do you for both disciplines?
I do a lot of training aimed towards my threshold, which is good for my climbing and time trialling. They’re what I'm naturally better at but less so at sprinting!



PEZ: What's you favorite kind of race?
Stage races are what I enjoy the most; ideally something hilly with a time trial in it.

PEZ: Do you have any role models in the sport?
Yeah I've got a few, the likes of Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas and Steve Cummings.

PEZ: You rode the Coppi e Bartali stage race this year - what was that like against the Italian ProConti teams?
The Coppi e Bartali was particularly hard this year. Every day seemed to be flat out!

PEZ: You rode the Circuit des Ardennes and Triptyque des Monts et Chateaux - how do they compare to the Girobio?
They're obviously shorter, but the style of Northern European racing is slightly different to that in Italy. The Girobio is a bit longer, so I guess you have to spread your effort a bit more carefully. There are a few more climbs in the Girobio too!

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PEZ: You were close in the Girobio TT - any 'what ifs'?
Not really, I made sure to leave everything on the road and don't think I could've gained six-seconds anywhere. I was just beaten by a better rider on the day. It was Lucas Hamilton of Australia who beat me; he was third in the U23 Liege-Bastogne-Liege and was second on the Giobio GC.

PEZ: And less than 30 seconds off the GC podium - again, any 'what ifs'?
It was disappointing to finish off the podium, but at the same time I have to keep things in perspective. The Girobio was my first race back after two months of not racing due to a virus. I wasn't sure what shape I'd be in. All things considered, I was happy with the result.

PEZ: Any 'sniffs' from continental teams after that ride?
I hope it's another step in the right direction towards that. I've just got to keep concentrating on the process, get some more results and hopefully with a bit of luck it'll happen.

PEZ: Is moving to the continent something you've considered?
Actually, I've had a base in the South of France for just over a year now. The training there is great, and the weather makes life a little easier as well.



PEZ: As a Welshman, the 2018 Commonwealth Games must be in your thoughts?
Absolutely, I've looked ahead to the 2018 Games ever since I rode in Glasgow, 2014. I'd love to give the TT and road a good crack and try and medal there.

PEZ: How's the program looking for the next few weeks?
I'll be racing the Tour of the Reservoir in the UK this weekend then head back out to Europe for the Giro Valle D'Aosta in Italy and the Tour of Alsace in France. Fingers crossed my form continues and I can pick up some results.

PEZ: What's the ultimate goal for you?
My long term goal is to race the Grand Tours. They're the reason I started cycling, so I'd love to get there one day.







It was November 2005 when Ed Hood first penned a piece for PEZ, on US legend Mike Neel. Since then he's covered all of the Grand Tours and Monuments for PEZ and has an article count in excess of 1,500 in the archive. He was a Scottish champion cyclist himself - many years and kilograms ago - and still owns a Klein Attitude, Dura Ace carbon Giant and a Fixie. He and fellow Scot and PEZ contributor Martin Williamson run the Scottish site www.veloveritas.co.uk where more of his musings on our sport can be found.

 

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