25 Riders to Watch in 2014 – Tim Wellens

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Tim Wellens

The 22 year old Belgian has just completed his 1st full season at World Tour level.He has already developed into a breakaway King,narrowly missing out on success in 2 stages of the Criterium du Dauphine.

As he regularly gets in breaks,his overall performances can sometimes be deceiving,but take a closer look and you’ll find a very talented rider.

He finished 8th in the Tour de Wallonie and looks well suited to lumpy terrain.At Lotto,he will get plenty of opportunities to try for victory and we will hopefully see him ride more of the classics in 2014,after his impressive 19th in De Brabantse Pijl.

He is yet to ride a grand tour and will hopefully break his duck soon,but he may be saved for 1 day races after a very impressive 20th place in the GP Montreal.

One thing is for certain,he will continue to get in breaks and I expect him to hold on for victory in 2014.

Here is an interview I did with Tim:

You’ve just completed your 1st full season racing World Tour races,at the young age of 22.How do you rate your season?
I’m very happy with my season. It was better then expected.
You were part of a large number of breakaways this season.How hard is it psychologically when you know that you’ll probably get caught?
It’s not hard at all. It’s part of the job, and I always try to think that it’s possible to make it to the finish. Maybe this mentality will change after a few years 🙂
You started the season well in the Santos Tour Down Under,claiming 5th on stage 2,featuring the Corkscrew Climb.Is this a race you would like to focus on in 2014?
I would love to go to Australia again. It’s a very beautiful race. But due to a small surgery with a couple of complications I started training very late this season. I am unsure if I will participate.
You were very active at the Criterium du Dauphine,being in the break on stages 5 and 8.On stage 5 Hermans finished 3rd and De Marchi won stage 8.How frustrating is it to be in the break and see one of the other riders take the win?
It’s not frustrating when they won because they are better. It’s very frustrating when they win because they didn’t do as much of the work like you did to stay away.
But this was not the case, so I’m not frustrated.
You were once again at your active best in the Tour de Wallonie,finishing 8th on GC,2nd in the youth and KOTM classifications.Was this your best performance of the season?
As a result this was the best. But as a performance the Dauphine & GP Montréal were much better.
Would you like to return in 2014 and go for the GC?
Yes I would like this. It’s in these kind of smaller races where I have to make some good results.
Lotto have some breakaway specialists like Adam Hansen,do you see yourself becoming another one,or have do you see yourself developing into a different rider?
I would like to become a rider for the GC.
You finished in the top 20 of the GP Montreal and De Brabantse Pijl,do you think you are well suited to some of the lumpy classics?
Yes I think so. But races like la fleche wallone & L-B-L should suit me even better. But I didn’t performed well there this year.
Are you looking to ride your 1st grand tour in 2014?If so,which one would you like to do?
I’m going to ride the Giro this year.
What are your goals for 2014?
The main objective it to do better then last year. I look very forward to riding my first GT. But I have no special ambitions for this.



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