Askey: "I'm really excited to see what we can do in some big races next year"



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Askey: "I'm really excited to see what we can do in some big races next year"

Lewis Askey, a young and promising cyclist, will join Groupama-FDJ's main team next year. Although he has already performed in the senior team, he still looks excited and happy about the opportunity that he'll have in the future "I'm really excited to be part of the WorldTour team and I feel at home with them already," said Askey, as quoted by motorsport "Hopefully me and Jake can do some good things next year.

"It doesn't feel as amazing or as big a step as I thought it was because I have already raced a lot with the guys a lot last year and I get on with everyone there, so it just feels like sort of integrating riding with the same guys."

"Yeah, I'm really excited to see what we can do in some big races next year." Despite a good placement at the World Championships, Askey did not look satisfied because he wanted to win the title "We came here for the win so pleased isn't really the word.

It's fifth at the World Championships but at the end of the day we came here to win, and we didn't come away with that," Askey said. "I think if we're going to be pleased then it's because of how the boys rode because they rode really well.

I don't think there's much more we could've done in that situation. "Me and Sam [Watson] weren't feeling amazing amazing but at the end of a race like that, you're never going to." "We both did a sprint for ourselves, both starting at different points in the bunch so if it was better to be at the front or start further back, we had someone there.

"In the end, it was – I didn't really know what happened at the front but there were splits and I had to go really, really early and commit to the line because the medals were going away." "In the end I gave a really good lead out to the guys in my wheel but that's racing – you can't always have it as you want it."

Accident

In one accident at the race, Askey suffered an accident like most drivers when it came to a crush. Askey didn't expect that to happen "That's why you have to be at the front even from the start, and I was trying to be a bit too relaxed trying to save energy and slid a bit further back and then you end up wasting a bit more energy because you get caught behind crashes and you have to do big digs.

"Maybe I expended a bit too much energy there, but as soon as I realised that I made sure to get right to the front with the boys and it was a really good race after that. "Obviously, we knew that watching the juniors race it was going to be a crit towards the front.

Weirdly, as soon as it got down to it, it wasn't super hard. On the last lap I was a bit gutted that I lost a bit of speed going into the steep climb. I was expecting it to go, and I was ready for it to go and I was feeling good then I got caught behind people going backwards so I was a little bit gutted that I didn't go there."