Always partial to some domestic British talent, Dimension Data sign ‘talent of the future’ Scott Davies on a two year contract, eager to nurture his GC potential.
Two years at the British based Team Wiggins outfit saw the prodigal Welshman deliver the results he’s been promising since he was but a teen at Madison Genesis.
A top time trialing talent, Davies has taken numerous U23 national titles in the discipline, as well as some top results at international events such as the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2014-2017 U23 World ITT championships.
Team Wiggins focused on nurturing the young Welshman’s stage racing ability and regularly elected him team leader for their adventures on the European racing scene. He soon found his niche in the French stage race, Tour Alsace, placing 2nd in 2016 before following up with another credible 5th place the following year.
The infamous Lac Blanc Queen stage of the Tour Alsace has proven to be a stomping ground for Davies, the youngster topping the mountain within the first five on both editions that he’s ridden.
However, his real stand out result to date is his fourth place in the Giro Ciclistico D’Italia, a race nicknamed ‘The Baby Giro’ and infamous for uncovering the new crop of GC racing talent. A second place in the ITT stage as well as stalwart defence in the mountains kept Davies in the running for a podium position right up until the final day.
Such a strong performance from the youngster soon caught the attention of many WT teams, the majority predicting he’d follow the pre-determined path to Team Sky in the summer. Instead it was South African based, Dimension data who were hot on the heels of the Welshman, announcing their signing just days after Davies placed 10th in the U23 ITT Worlds in Bergen with the statement,
“[He’s a] real talent for the future…”
The young talent seemed delighted with his move to a WT outfit and had this to say when asked about his promotion to the WT,
“I’m delighted to be joining Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka next season,” said Davies. “It’s a dream come true for me to be joining a World Tour team with such a great cause.”
Joining the likes Scott Thwaites, Stephen Cummings and Mark Cavendish will be a welcome sight for Davies but none will be more lovingly welcomed than former Madison Genesis coach, Roger Hammond; a manager under which Davies first began his career as a professional cyclist.
Whilst Team Sky may boast the best British talents on the WT, it would be hard to argue against the greater opportunities that Dimension Data offers it’s riders. An intelligent decision by Davies to join the more relaxed South African outfit may just aid with his future development, Dimension Data likely giving him the opportunity to lead the team in a handful of smaller stage races in the 2018 season.
With Louis Meintjes returning to the team after a stint with UAE Team Emirates, Davies shouldn’t instantly rise to the pedestal of GC leader, but he sure won’t be far off.
Dimension Data will hope to add Davies to their Grand Tour developer squad, nurturing the likes of Morton, Meintjes, Davies and Gibbons into potential future GC stars.
Whilst the South African outfit is awash with young talent, there’s a whole host of seasoned veterans to guide Scott Davies on his new WT journey; Steve Cummings, Mark Cavendish and Jay Robert Thomson there to teach him the ins and outs of WT racing.
WT hit or flop: If he’d have plumped for Team Sky, he’d have surely flopped right into the background of the team, stunting his growth as a GC racing talent. With Dimension Data and it’s associated veterans surrounding him, he’s sure to be a WT hit.
2018 Potential: Will feature in the early Spanish stage races and likely given the opportunity to chase mountain breakaways. It’ll be the prologues of these small week long stage races where we’ll see the Welshman shine. Could we see a debut WT victory for the youngster? Certainly watch this space…
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