The end of 2016 will see some of the sport’s biggest stars retiring – Joaquim Rodriguez and Fabian Cancellara among them. Who will fill the void?
Thankfully, there’s a strong selection of new talent filtering up through the pro ranks, with plenty of rising stars with the potential to be the big new thing.
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Here we present a selection of Cycling Weekly readers’ opinions on who they think will be the next big cycling star, in association with Decathlon.
Who do YOU think will be the next big star in cycling? Let us know in the comments section below.
There will be some kid who’s just got a massive engine, who’s currently floating around the E/1 level learning all the skills in national crits, who’ll have a huge growth spurt and his w/kg will soar. Let nature do its work and surprise us!
Adam Yates. Bet Sky try and get him.
Rohan Dennis, he can time trial and he can climb.
Sam Bennett. Last in the Tour, but with the biggest heart.
We need young new stars in the Tour to bring excitement back into it. It’s getting a bit like F1.
Julian Alaphilippe is worth watching and Adam Yates is definitely showing Grand Tour GC promise.
Eddie Dunbar – already being talked about as a future Tour de France star at 19. Second in the Ireland Elite TT this year.
Jarlinson Pantano. Depends who he gets a ride with after IAM Cycling fold. At 27, he’s no youngster but he looks a talent.
Julian Alaphilippe for the Ardenne Classics and Fernando Gaviria for all sprints.
Naturally, modesty forbids, but after my debut 39.35 in the VC Venta evening 10…
Katarzyna Niewiadoma. The only reason you’re not already talking about her as a future great is Ferrand-Prévot is a future even greater. Arguably, that means I should say Ferrand-Prévot, but everyone already knows that. What’s the point of asking a question everyone already knows the answer to? Katarzyna Niewiadoma is the best rider you’re not talking about yet.
Tao Geoghegan Hart. Podium of a Grand Tour within five years.
Stephen D. Zepeda
From the USA, Adrien Costa, and from Great Britain, Dan McLay perhaps. From France, Julian Alaphillipe and from Belgium, Tiesj Benoot.
Hugh Carthy has shown that he has immense talent for climbing with this year’s results, winning the Vuelta a Asturias and being the best young rider in the Volta a Catalunya. The main thing is that he just doesn’t seem fazed by riding against some of the biggest names in the sport. The mark of a champion.
South African Louis Meintjes. His move from MTN-Qhubeka to Lampre-Merida may have seemed odd, but it’s a stepping-stone to a bright future. His climbing is excellent, but he just needs to work on his TT times.