Can James Knox win a Grand Tour? Maybe, but he's still living his dream regardless

The 24-year-old will once again race both the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España, but will he allow himself to one day dream of the podium?

James Knox and Julian Alaphilippe at a training camp (Photo by Luc Claessen/Getty Images)

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Should James Knox happen to scroll past this article, you might see a wry smile emerge on his face at another reminder that he's a professional cyclist living his dream, but any dreams beyond that he'll probably want to shut down. Like many pros seemingly on the cusp of reaching the level where they'll go on to compete for major victories, it's an attitude of humility and unspoken determination that's got him here.

Until last year's Vuelta a España, the 24-year-old Brit had largely flown under the radar compared to similarly talented WorldTour riders of the same nationality. That all changed with an 11th place finish in his second-ever three-week stage race and puts the Cumbrian in the bracket of being one of the next great Grand Tour hopes for Britain.

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