Ovett's WorldTour dream on track after beating Van der Poel in Zwift Tour for All

Ovett in Girona on his first post-lockdown ride (Image credit: Noa Arnon)

With the obvious exception of home training platforms, no sector of professional cycling is going to escape the COVID-19 pandemic unscathed, but among the most concerned will be young, aspiring riders. At a time when they’d ordinarily be plotting the next steps in their careers, opportunities are at real risk of drying up, temporarily if not permanently.

Freddy Ovett is among them and, in the absence of any real-life racing to showcase his talents, the 26-year-old Australian did the next best thing, beating Mathieu van der Poel and other WorldTour pros in the first stage of the virtual Zwift Tour for All on Monday. 

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.