Brit James Shaw prepares to make WorldTour debut at Tour Down Under

Lotto-Soudal's new signing James Shaw is to ride his first WorldTour race at the Tour Down Under next week.

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Britain's James Shaw, who this season is the fifth youngest rider in the WorldTour, has admitted to nerves ahead of his professional debut for Lotto-Soudal at next week's Santos Tour Down Under.

The 20-year-old was promoted from Lotto-Soudal's U23 squad in the off-season after a successful spell as a stagiaire, where he impressed the WorldTour team's staff enough to earn himself a first professional contract.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

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