Campbell Stewart and James Fouche will spend 2018 racing in Team WIGGINS colours. The Kiwi duo were announced on team social media as part of the 2018 eighteen-strong squad and will look to build on what Sir Bradley Wiggins – the team founder – has called a team has ‘exceeded all expectations to date’.
There is a habit that has been developed over the now three short seasons that Team WIGGINS has been existence, that is that riders are provided a fantastic springboard to the very top level of professional cycling. At the end of 2016 Jonathan Dibben and Owain Doull went from Team Wiggins to Team Sky, while Mark Christian and Daniel Pearson both received contracts to join Aqua Blue Sport. This year has seen James Knox sign for Quick-Step Floors in 2018 and Scott Davies for Dimension Data. Since its inception in 2015 Team Wiggins has rapidly grown in stature and reputation as one of the finest global development teams.
Sir Bradley Wiggins said on the team’s Facebook page, “I’m proud that Team WIGGINS is now known as a top development for young talent from the UK and abroad.”
“Team WIGGINS has exceeded all expectations to date and the 2018 crop of under 23 riders looks as exciting as ever.”
That crop of riders will, for the first time in the team’s history, included two Kiwis in four-time junior world track champion Campbell Stewart, and former Oceania road race champion James Fouche.
Campbell Stewart’s transition into the elite ranks of track cycling have been met well, with Stewart forming a part of the team pursuit and madison outfits that won gold in the Canada World Cup; an event where he also placed fourth in the omnium. Stewart went back to back in Santiago for the madison alongside Tom Sexton and for the team pursuit. Stewart remains in some ways an undiscovered talent on the road, but his track credentials speak for themselves. His limited UCI road racing this year saw him place a credible 14th in the White Spot/Delta Road Race in Canada back in July.
For James Fouche this year has been one of substantial progress on the road. Fouche has enjoyed a great deal of exposure to UCI racing on three different continents over the course of the year with events such as the Herald Sun Tour, U23 Giro d’Italia, Tour of the Gila as well as the New Zealand Cycle Classic. His biggest successes in 2017 though have come in Belgium where his tackling of the kermesse scene there have reaped some impressive rewards with victories that included a win at the Flobecq Memorial Noel Cambier race; an event he won over a testing and hilly course.
Massive congratulations to both Campbell and James, who will join an outfit consisting of one Frenchman, three Irishmen and 12 Brits next year.