Rider Interview: Ed Hood has been scrutinising the outcomes of the ‘younger weapons’ and the title Rob Scott jumped out after his win within the Traditional Paris-Troyes. British based mostly Rob races for the profitable WiV-SunGod continental crew with a superb ‘house and away’ calendar, Ed needed to listen to extra…
Rob Scott – Tour de Yorkshire podium
With regards to religiously perusing Continental race outcomes, PEZ mentor and soothsayer, Vik has no peer – however I do my greatest. A reputation that’s caught my eye just lately is that of 23 years-old Rob Scott from Halifax in West Yorkshire who rides for the WiV-SunGod continental crew. I watched the crew take the Galashiels Tour Collection criterium the opposite week on the way in which to profitable the general within the sequence. However they’ve additionally been driving very strongly on the others aspect of the Channel with Rob profitable the UCi Tour de la Mirabelle in France after which the UCi 1.2 Traditional Paris-Troyes, a race with roots again in 1926 and former winners of the standard of Graham Jones and Jacques Esclassan. Ed Hood caught up with Rob just lately.
The Paris-Troyes win
PEZ: Paris-Troyes, a historic race to win, congratulations.
Rob Scott: Thanks, we knew it will be an aggressive race after we lined up – and it went from the gun. A transfer of 12 went and we had three in it, I may sense it was the profitable transfer and bridged throughout to it, my crew mate, Jake Scott came visiting too and the group ended up round 30 robust with everybody us as a result of we had been so properly represented. FDJ Continental had been there too however unwilling to work and the assaults began – however we lined each one in all them. Our Canadian, Ben Perry attacked with 15 Okay to go and FDJ used up all their guys to catch him with a kilometre to go; my guys gave me a textual content guide lead out and we took the win with Matt Teggart fourth and 5 of us within the prime 21 finishers – it was nice crew work.
An ideal lead-out by Rob’s teammate Teggart
PEZ: That win got here on the again of the Tour de la Mirabelle success.
Sure, I needed to indicate that the Mirabelle win wasn’t a one off and my morale was good popping out of that race. I used to be second within the Mirabelle Stage One time brief time trial to Corentin Ermenault with Stage Two an enormous bunch end, then on Stage Three I took the win with Matt Bostock second – that outcome gave me the jersey. On Stage 4 the crew rode on the entrance for me all day, we got here beneath a little bit of strain on the ending laps with a number of the GC guys up the street – however we introduced them again late on; Matt gained the stage and completed second on GC.
The Paris-Troyes crew: Teggart, Perry, Brown, Wooden, J. Scott, Bostock and Rob Scott
PEZ: Have these outcomes generated any curiosity from ProTeam or World Tour groups?
I want to begin placing some feelers out however I additionally should show that I’m not simply good for just a few weeks – that I’m constant, the Nationals are an vital race for me to show that.
The rostrum in Troyes
PEZ: You’ve positively moved up a stage this yr, what do you set that right down to?
Covid put paid to my final yr at u23 in 2020 which was alleged to be an enormous yr for me however. . . Then final yr I used to be robust however didn’t have the legs I did in 2019, the place I had outcomes like fourth within the u23 Gent-Wevelgem; there was one thing lacking. This yr I feel it’s simply testomony to the constant laborious work I’ve been placing in.
PEZ: Are you full time on the bike?
I work the odd day on electrical work which is an efficient factor because it offers me a glimpse of the ‘actual’ world and jogs my memory how lucky I’m to be doing what I’m doing with my biking profession.
The Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana
PEZ: Have you ever thought of a transfer to the continent?
After Covid I used to be searching for a French DN 1 or Continental crew however nothing materialised.
However Tim Elverson who’s our crew Principal and the person behind the Canyon dhb SunGod continental crew because it was final yr and as it’s now WiV SunGod, has put collectively an honest calendar and we have now an incredible group of lads on board. The usual is so excessive that it’s a must to combat in your place within the crew to get to the large races. We have now good occasions in France and naturally, the British Premier Calendar races and the circuit race sequence within the UK.
PEZ: Who coaches you?
I’m with Josh Hunt of CPC is my coach, it’s all watt based mostly, I fairly get pleasure from wanting on the numbers. While it’s OK planning, it’s a must to be versatile too – I solely came upon I used to be driving the Mirabelle Tour just a few days earlier than it – then it’s a must to consider coping with the journey days. Proper now I’m coaching for and tapering into the Nationwide Championships at Fortress Douglas, Scotland.
PEZ: You had been fourth within the 2019 Gent-Wevelgem forward of men like Tobias Foss and Ben Healy, that regarded like a ‘breakthrough’ trip?
Sure, I began that season properly however I used to be inconsistent, I’d be flying then two weeks later I’d be DNF; I’d hoped to ‘reset’ in 2020 however Covid put paid to that.
PEZ: You rode the Tour of Slovenia final yr, with Pogačar, Ulissi, Mohorič and the remaining. . .
That was the toughest and greatest race I’ve ever ridden, it jogged my memory of the Tour of Yorkshire with so many individuals roadside; there have been individuals alongside each a part of the parcours. The race route was tailor-made to Pogačar; and the large groups had been utilizing it for Tour de France preparation so it wasn’t straightforward – however we got here out of it with two prime 10 stage placings.
All of the jerseys within the Tour of Britain
PEZ: How’s the remainder of the season wanting?
I haven’t regarded a lot previous the Nationals however we have now UK Premier Calendar and circuit races.
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Since we carried out the interview Rob’s run of excellent type has continued with a sequence of fantastic UK criterium outcomes together with a win in Colne and second place general within the UK Elite Criterium Collection. But it surely wasn’t simply on the small circuits he carried out properly; maybe the Nationals didn’t go to plan however he gained the powerful Nationwide Street Collection, Lancaster Grand Prix and within the sadly foreshortened UCi Tour of Britain labored laborious for a WiV SunGod crew which punched properly above their weight – holding each jersey classification jersey at on stage within the race or one other with their Canadian rider, Ben Perry taking fourth general.