Cycling: Scott gets GB call, sets sights on pro ranks

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Calderdale cyclist Robert Scott has crowned a breakthrough year with selection for the Great Britain squad for the European Road Race Championships later this month.

The 18 year, who will contest the junior road race in Brittany on Friday, September 16, old has been one of the dominant figures in national racing in 2016.

Colden-based Scott, riding for the Yorkshire-based VCUK team, recently led the prestigious Junior Tour of Wales - traditionally a proving ground for future professionals - for four stages after dominating the opening time trial and will head to France on the back of a win in the Yorkshire Junior Championships last weekend.

“It was a goal at the start of the year to get selected for GB and I’m looking forward to representing my country,” said Scott.

“I have definitely stepped it up this year; I’ve got stronger and I’ve gone from being top three in the national races last season to picking up the wins.”

Scott, who works for sports nutrition company Science in Sport, supplements his training with a tough moorland commute into Lancashire, but expects to be a full time bike rider in 2017 as he eyes the sport’s top echelon.

“Ultimately, I want to be riding for a World Tour team and be in the biggest races, like the Tour de France,” said Scott, who predicts his “punchy, aggressive” style will make him a rider for the Classic races of Northern Europe.

“I’ll be riding full time next year; I’m going to commit to it for five or six years and see where it gets me.”

Where he will be riding is still an unknown, although his preference is Team Wiggins, the eponymous development squad run by the 2012 Tour winner and multiple Olympic champion Bradley.

“I’ve spoken to Wiggins and they’d be the best option for me in terms of my development and getting me where I want to be,” said Scott.

“Nothing is signed yet, but I’m encouraged by their interest so far.

“Even if that doesn’t work out though, I’ve got offers from some of the UK-based professional teams, so I’ll have some options.”