Today’s episode features our latest catch-up with young super-talent Lewis Askey, one of the ten male riders on our recently published list of under-23s to watch this season.
Just 19 years old, and now into his second year at under-23 level, Lewis rides for the Groupama-FDJ development team.
As regular listeners of this podcast will know, Lewis is keeping a diary of sorts on the podcast; we’re checking in with him throughout the season to see how his year progresses.
In our first catch-up with Lewis, recorded in the middle of February, he was on training camp in Italy. Now, a couple of months later, we caught up with Lewis as he was having a short break after a run of five tough one-day races that saw him make three appearances for the Groupama-FDJ WorldTour team.
Those five races were packed with incident too. Le Samyn was a lesson in how not to ride conservatively, he won the most aggressive rider award at the Grand Prix Jean-Pierre Monseré, he had a close-up view of the Jake Stewart-Nacer Bouhanni clash at the Grand Prix Cholet, he helped Arnaud Démare to the win at La Roue Tourangelle, and then had the disappointment of having to pull out of Scheldeprijs because of a positive Covid test within the team.
In the interview, we talk about all of these incidents and a whole lot more besides. We also debut our ‘Ask Askey’ feature, in which we put questions to him posed by our followers on social media, including knockouts such as, ‘when will Lewis be getting a new pair of shoes’ and ‘who is his favourite gymnast?’Support the show