The classics are where new Team Sky recruit Andy Fenn sees his future, but knows the challenge he faces to lead the team.
The 24-year-old joins the British outfit after three frustrating seasons at Omega Pharma - Quick-Step where he struggled to gain opportunities to ride in the bigger races.
His tenure with the team started promisingly in 2012 when he won two races in as many days at Challenge Majorca, and Fenn believes he can contribute to Sky’s classics programme in 2015.
“I wasn’t really sad to leave [Omega Pharma-Quick-Step],” Fenn told skysports.com. “I wasn’t unhappy that I joined them, but I am happy to be here now.
“There’s a push from the team for the classics this year and hopefully I can contribute to that. The first part of the season for me is all about the classics and becoming a part of that group of guys.”
Fenn isn’t taking anything for granted at Team Sky, however, simply hoping to impress enough to secure a place in helping the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins, Ian Stannard and Geraint Thomas to glory in the spring.
He added: “Maybe I will get an opportunity to try for something myself in the smaller races building up to the bigger ones, but we will have to see how it goes.
“You have got guys here who have already proven themselves. I have never even started the big classics and that is going to be new to me.”
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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.
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