James Shaw signs pro contract with Lotto-Soudal after 'out-doing himself as a stagiaire'

Britain's James Shaw will become one of the youngest riders in the WorldTour peloton in 2017 after signing a two-year contract with Lotto-Soudal

James Shaw

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James Shaw has surprised himself by signing a two-year professional contract with WorldTour outfit Lotto-Soudal after a successful two months as a stagiaire.

The 20-year-old is making the step up from the Belgian team's U23 squad, whom he has raced for in the past two years. Winner of the Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne junior race in 2014, Shaw finished fifth at the U23 Liège-Bastogne-Liège in April, third at the one-day Flèche Ardennaise in May and tenth overall at the Tour of Normandy.

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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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