This month will see Team Skoda Fruzio become the first New Zealand outfit to tackle the prestigious UK race, the Junior Tour of Wales. In a race that’s been a launch pad for so many of cycling’s stars of today, Finn Fisher-Black will be among those in Skoda colours looking to make his mark on the race.
For Finn Fisher-Black it seems that the allure of UK racing was something that was simply too good to resist. The four-day race from 24th-27th August is one of the UK’s most prestigious junior stage races and together with Corbin Strong, Kiaan Watts and Bailey O’Donnell it represents a massive opportunity for Team Skoda Fruzio.
“When the team first talked about doing the Junior Tour of Wales I put my hand up straight away,” Finn told RoadCycling. “I am very keen to get to the UK to race, as many of the NZ World Tour riders have come through the grades over there and ultimately I think this terrain is best suited for myself and the squad.”
The team are still yet to be announced for this year’s UCI World Road Championships, but Fisher-Black is hoping that the experience of a different style of racing over in Britain will pay off in an even longer game. “Personally, I am aiming to compete in the road cycling world championships in Yorkshire in 2019 and I believe this will give me some much needed insight into the conditions and another style of racing.”
“The Junior Tour of Wales is the biggest and most prestigious junior tour in the UK and one good result here can set you up well for the U23 grade.”
With a certain Welshman being crowned the first of his kind to win cycling’s biggest event, Fisher-Black is anticipating something quite special this year. “I think there will be heightened interest in the Tour this year with Geraint Thomas winning the Tour de France. Hopefully this creates further opportunities for our team. Our squad for the race is super strong and we should have multiple options to play and will come into the Tour on top form after competing in the junior track world championships.”
The Team Skoda Fruzio line up for the Junior Tour of Wales is:
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