Ethan Vernon wants to win ASAP – News

Brilliant on the track, but relatively cautious until last summer on the road, at least internationally, Ethan Vernon finally made his mark during the Tour de l’Avenire with a stage victory in the sprint on the streets of Bar-le. -Duc, in the Maas (read his interview after the race). Since then, the Briton has joined the pro ranks of one of the best formations in the world, namely the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl. And for his debut with the big boys, he quickly managed to compete, taking, among others, 5th place in the Jean-Pierre Monseret Grand Prix (1.1) and then 4th place in the Tour of Catalunya (2.UWT) last year. Tuesday in Perpignan. “It’s very good. I did make a few mistakes during the sprint. I would no doubt have been able to get my first World Tour podium if I had done it differently, but so far I’ve never had the opportunity to run at this level, so first of all you need to learn for the future.”he rejoiced with DirectVelo the next day after this good result. “I don’t regret anything. Either way, I don’t think I had the legs to win.”.

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Apart from the only Catalan experience, the sprinter wants to be confident in the coming months and see him open his meter of professional success this 2022 season. “I think it’s possible, yes. I’ve been saying this since I joined the team: I would like to be able to win this season. Of course, in a season as a neo-pro, I can’t imagine and hope to have as many opportunities to play to win as I had before with the juniors and then with the Espoirs. And all the young people who go pro can’t hope to make their Remco Evenepoel debut either. But I think I can play to win. I feel like I’m not that far away anymore.”he welcomes. Indeed, Ethan Vernon can boast that already at the beginning of spring he was clearly in the game. “The team is giving me a chance. From the start of the season, it happened very quickly, in the Belgian semi-classics or here in Catalonia. I’m discovering what I can hope for, little by little.”.

He held his first competition in the shoes of a professional racer in February last year in the Middle East, on the roads of the UAE Tour. Among his teammates at the time was a certain Mark Cavendish. “This is a dream come true. I watched him win races for a long time on TV, even if I didn’t follow his first part of his career because I was waiting until I was 14 or 15 to really start road cycling. And now I’m in the same room with him at the races and was next to him when he won the UAE Tour. It was super nice”.

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And when we offer Ethan Vernon a little quiz to find out where Cavalier achieved his first WorldTour success, the Brit laughs. “I don’t know, maybe it was here if you ask me?”. Clever, the boy sees correctly. If Mark Cavendish already had his first four professional victories in advance, it was at the Tour of Catalunya that he scored his first two World Tour successes in 2007. “I was only six years old”he lets go before joking again: “Well, now that I know it, it puts a little pressure on me before the weekend!”.

In the long term, Ethan Vernon still dreams of competing in the Paris 2024 Olympics on the track. Thus, he will continue to alternate between the two disciplines, including this year. “In two weeks I will participate in the World Cup in Glasgow. From a calendar point of view, this is good, because for me it was just a quieter period on the road. I also intend to go to the World Championship at the end of the season, that’s my plan. I’m still going to slow down my training a bit on the track, but anyway, with the UCI reform, there aren’t many World Cups now and you just have to do one of three. The World Championship will take place after the end of the road season, so that won’t be a problem either.”. Obviously, the season of Ethan Vernon promises to be eventful.

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