'The Tour de France would be a dream but I’m not thinking of it yet'

Kiwi all-rounder Dion Smith takes another step forward at Wanty-Groupe Gobert with a top-five finish at Volta a Catalunya

Dion Smith.

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

ASO’s offer of a Tour de France wildcard place to the Belgian Wanty-Groupe Gobert team has opened up a huge opportunity for all of the riders on its roster, which since the start of this season has included New Zealander Dion Smith.

The Kiwi, who has just turned 24, spent last season with One Pro Cycling and was due to remain with the British outfit until its move down to Continental level. Left in limbo for a little while, he was rescued by Wanty, who had already express interest in him and were able to make that more concrete when their newly-signed leader Lieuwe Westra decided to retire on health grounds rather than continue racing.

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Peter Cossins has been writing about professional cycling since 1993, with his reporting appearing in numerous publications and websites including Cycling WeeklyCycle Sport and Procycling - which he edited from 2006 to 2009. Peter is the author of several books on cycling - The Monuments, his history of cycling's five greatest one-day Classic races, was published in 2014, followed in 2015 by Alpe d’Huez, an appraisal of cycling’s greatest climb. Yellow Jersey - his celebration of the iconic Tour de France winner's jersey won the 2020 Telegraph Sports Book Awards Cycling Book of the Year Award.