Jonny McEvoy races into one of his most important seasons as a cyclist. He is 21, just finished third behind Robbie Hunter and Elia Viviani in Mumbai, and has his last chance to lead Britain’s Under-23 World Championship road team in September.
“I want to get selected and do a good ride. I have done the last three of them to help Ben Swift, but this year will be my last in the under 23s, so I hope to have a go,” said McEvoy.
“Luke Rowe and I are both options [as captains]. We just have to see how I am going at that time of the year.”
Mark Cavendish tested the World Championship course in Copenhagen last autumn and judged it one for the sprinters. England’s McEvoy has yet to see it, but has asked around and is determined he has a chance.
McEvoy proved his abilities in the second of two stages at the Tour de Mumbai on Sunday. He finished third behind Tour de France stage winner Hunter and Italy’s new star, Viviani.
“I am not a sprinter, but I don’t mind it,” continued McEvoy, “and I am not bad at putting myself into position or taking someone to the right place.”
The Under-23 Worlds runs on 23 September and covers 168 kilometres. This year, McEvoy will have plenty of chances to confirm his Mumbai result and hone his skills.
With his Motorpoint team, he will train in Mallorca and race in Singapore in the next month.
“I seem to come second and third a lot, so I want to get a few wins,” McEvoy said.
“It’s been impressive to ride with them [first division professionals – ed] to see what they do. Just ’cause they got the names, they still have to keep the position in the fight just like everyone else.”
The Under-23 Worlds, whether it’s a win or a strong ride, will be the next step in McEvoy’s career. A second or first division contract, perhaps with Swift at Team Sky, could follow next season.
“I want to be a proper professional and win races. That’s my next aim. If that happens, we will see how it goes.”