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by Shane Stokes

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Dibben: The Classics are the big aim

by Shane Stokes

Team Sky rider Jon Dibben had a solid first season with the squad in 2017, winning the time trial stage of the Amgen Tour of California. He is hoping to step things up this year, and has pinpointed the big one day races as his prime target.

“2017 was obviously a big change for me going into a new team and a massive step up riding for a WorldTour team – one of the best ones in Team Sky – in my first season on the road,” he said. “I’d sum it up as good. Not brilliant, not terrible, but good. I certainly learned a lot that I can hopefully improve.

“This year the Classics will again be my main focus. That will be what I aim for and it’s certainly where I aspire to be, competing in those races in the future. That will be the big aim. I start the season in Australia so I can get some early racing, build the form up and hopefully be on my A-game for the Classics.”

Now 23 years of age, the Briton is a past winner of the points race at the track world championships and at under 23 level at the European championships. He’s got a big engine and hopes to transfer that into the races of March and April.

He said that he’s proud to be part of the new wave of young riders on the team. “Certainly there is a real young group and it should be good to build together, taking that momentum forward. For example you see Tao [Geoghegan Hart] get a good result, and he’s young, he’s a good mate so it spurs you on a little bit and vice versa. So you progress as a group and hopefully keep going higher.”