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Joe Fry ready for baptism of fire as he looks to put last year’s troubles behind him

PUBLISHED: 12:00 07 March 2018

A professional cyclist from Potters Bar is all set to put the trials and tribulations of last year behind him as he kicks-off his new season in the Netherlands.

Joe Fry, who rides for the Canyon Eisberg team, had the vast majority of last year wiped out by illness and injury but with the problems now seemingly behind him he is ready for what he hopes “should be a good year”.

The 20-year-old former Chancellor’s School pupil will line up at the start of the wonderfully named Rabobank Dorpenomloop Rucphen, held just outside of Breda on the border with Belgium, on Sunday.

And he is expecting a baptism of fire for his new campaign.

He said: “Last year the lads said the average speed was 30mph over 106 miles and they did it in under four hours.

“It’s going to be a tough, fast day but that’s the type of field and calibre of rider I want to face.

“It’s straight in at the deep end against big teams and getting straight back into it.

“I’ve always loved going out to races in Belgium and the Netherlands. As a kid I always did the six-day Assen Youth Tour and I loved the junior Paris-Roubaix.

“It’s a nice place to kick off the season.”

And despite the bad weather his winter training has gone well ahead of the new season.

“I haven’t felt any pain so far so that’s pretty good,” he said.

“It wasn’t the best last season as there were a lot of setbacks.

“I’ve just tried to keep myself fit, avoid injury and avoid getting ill again.

“I want to get as much racing as possible so that when the bigger UCI races come round [like the Tour de Yorkshire] I’ll be up for selection and be able to do a good job.

“I want to be there at the end of races and maybe even get a position, just get a lot more consistency than the past.”

The opportunities are certainly there after the team’s debut season which saw them at the sharp of end of big races like the Tour of Britain.

Fry added: “To get into those types of race in the first year was great but to get invited back goes to show just how well the team did.

“We got noticed by a lot of people and race organisers.

“It’s nice to be able to look at the calendar, see the big races coming up and think this is going to be a good year.”

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