Askey looks ahead with Groupama-FDJ after U23 Worlds fifth place

LEUVEN BELGIUM SEPTEMBER 24 Lewis Askey of The United Kingdom competes during the 94th UCI Road World Championships 2021 Men U23 Road Race a 1609km race from Antwerp to Leuven flanders2021 on September 24 2021 in Leuven Belgium Photo by Dirk Waem PoolGetty Images
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While the debate over WorldTour pros competing in under-23 races at the World Championships rages on, Friday's men's road race would serve among the final flourishes for a number of the 177 starters before heading to the WorldTour themselves.

Race winner Filippo Baroncini was among them, the Italian heading to Trek-Segafredo next season, as was the fifth-place finisher, Great Britain's Lewis Askey. The 20-year-old will make the step up from Groupama-FDJ's development squad to the main team next year, joining fellow Briton Jake Stewart, who did the same for 2021.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.


Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.


As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix