Vermote embarks on second solo training camp in search of a contract

Julien Vermote
Julien Vermote is still looking for a contract to race in 2021 (Image credit: Olivier Courtens / @julien_vermote)

The various mini pelotons in matching team kits that will swarm the coastal roads and inland hills of south-east Spain this weekend may catch a glimpse of a lone rider decked out in anonymous black. It won’t be a mere hobby cyclist to be breezed past with a polite wave, but a fellow professional pushing the pedals with the same power and ticking off intervals with the same rigour.   

It will be Julien Vermote, who has spent a decade in the WorldTour but finds himself without a ride for 2021. 

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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.