Sam Dobbs has been giving indications that he could be on the cusp of great things. He is one of the finest junior riders on our shores right now. He proved that with his selection for the world championships in Richmond; that to many would be enough. Despite a crash that ruined his junior road race, it’s been an extremely successful season for Dobbs. It started in New Zealand with wins that included becoming National Champion at the U19 men’s time trial at the Club Road Nationals in Napier.
Arriving in Belgium, Sam got stuck straight into making a big impression on the international scene as he rode for the Isorex Cycling Team, taking three wins in the space of a month. One of Sam’s highlights came though at one of the races he didn’t win, the Junior Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. In one of the biggest one-day races on the Belgian calendar, Dobbs finished fifth in a race that featured several stretches of cobblestones.
His Australian NRS team, health.com.au/search2retain, released the news though that it is BMC Development who has noticed his talents and decided to give him an opportunity to step up to a new level in his career. Taking to Twitter, the team said, “We are extremely pleased to announce that Sam Dobbs has signed with BMC Development team for 2016.”
The World Tour level BMC Racing team is an outfit that currently boasts the likes of Philippe Gilbert, Tejay van Garderen and Greg Van Avermaet. Next year they will be welcoming Richie Porte to their ranks from Team Sky.
Stay tuned for more on this exciting move for Sam Dobbs from RoadCycling.
By: Ed Wright