Alex Evans. All the way from Australia, with a huge climbing engine.
What about him?
Alex had been racing in Australia before the Academy management got in contact with him. After a super performance at 2018 Herald Sun Tour, where he only Esteban Chaves could beat him in the only mountain top finish. He’s climbing talent was there, and his massive engine as well but he need the right guidence and experienced training personel to get the best out of him. After a traineeship with BMC Racing, where he got a glimpse of what it means to be a professional rider, he joined the Academy.
How did he perform?
The strong climbing program that the Academy puts across was a perfect fit for Evans. After a slow start in Ronde de l’Isard, he got his legs back at the Giro d’Italia U23 where he was really aggressive in the mountain stages. All that good form was carried onto the Tour d’Alsace where he finished second atop of the infamous Planche des Belles Filles after a solid ride. All the hard work done on and off the bike came together in the Tour de l’Avenir, where he took a stage win after outpowering all his rivals in a short stage that featured only one climb.
What was next after the Academy?
After these climbing performances it was clear that Alex belonged to the professional ranks. After getting interst from other teams, it was actually Wanty-Groupe Gobert the one that offered a tailor-made development environment for Alex at the same time that he will get the chance of racing in a really high-quality program. Alex stayed at the team for three seasons, before going back to Continental level in order to make it back to the pro ranks.