Williams shares his goals and ambitions for 2018
Lightweight climber and Welsh-born, Stevie Williams, is fresh off the first team training camp in Loutraki. “The first camp was great, starting the year with a solid block of training in Greece was what I needed, good weather and a good atmosphere with the rest of the lads, getting all the team together sets the tone for the season too, everyone mixing and having a laugh is crucial this time of year.” However and alongside five other teammates (Lenderink, Bol, Maas, Affini and van den Berg) Williams has decided to stay in Loutraki for the three and a half weeks in between training camps. “The reason to stay is solely to get the perfect preparation for the season, with the good weather and longer climbs. You get yourself into a routine as well, there are no distractions, so riding your bike is the only thing on your mind”. 

Stevie Williams seized strong results in 2017 like a runner-up spot in Flèche Ardennaise or 11th overall in Ronde de l’Isard, despite having to deal with crashes and injuries in races such as Giro valle d’Aosta or the U23 Giro d’Italia, that were big goals for our Welshman. “One of my goals for the season will be mainly not to leave so much of my skin on the road, I did enough last of that last year! In all seriousness, I woul like to be a lot more consistent throughout the year. I am targeting the hilly one-day Like Liège-Bastonge-Liège, Flèche Ardennais and also the hilly stage races including Ronde de l’Isard and the U23 Giro, for sure if things go well I would like to race compete at Tour de l’Avenir and the World Championships with Great Britain”. 

The 21-year old climber is getting into his last year in the U23 with a positive mindset and willingness to keep improving his skills on the bike, and get ready to make the next step into the pro ranks. “I will begin racing in 4 weeks time. I’m defiantly eager to get going now, as the form starts to become better, you just want to pin a number on. I would like improve my general classification skills, and work these coming months on higher mountains. Improving my individual time trial would also be a big thing for me, but all in all I’m hoping for a great year, and looking to enjoy it with the team”.