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Scott Davies to step up to WorldTour with Dimension Data

Rising Welsh star signs neo-pro deal with Africa's Team

Scott Davies is the latest rising British star set for his WorldTour debut in 2017 after the 22-year-old Welshman signed with Dimension Data.

Davies, who was fourth at the U23 Giro d’Italia this season, will sign as a neo-pro with Africa’s Team, with the team identifying him as a ‘real talent for the future’.

And Camarthenshire-born Davies, who has been national under-23 time trial champion in each of the last four seasons, was quick to pay tribute to Team Wiggins, with whom he has ridden for the last two years.

Scott Davies has signed for Dimension Data for 2018 (Pic: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com)

“I’m delighted to be joining Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka next season. It’s a dream come true for me to be joining a World Tour team with such a great cause,” he said.

“I’m grateful to Team Wiggins for their support over the last couple of seasons, and for giving me so many opportunities to develop myself.

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“I’m now ready to continue my development, and start a new and exciting chapter with Dimension Data for Qhubeka.”

Davies won the Junior Tour of Wales in 2013, before signing with Madison-Genesis the following year.

He came to prominence with his first under-23 national time trial win, still aged just 18, that year, as well as finishing the Commonwealth Games road race in tenth place in dreadful weather conditions in Glasgow.

He rejoined the British Academy set-up the following season, finishing tenth at the Herald Sun Tour, before spending the last two seasons with Team Wiggins.

A string of top-ten finishes have followed, including twice at the Tour Alsace and also the Tour of Croatia.

Davies, the four-time under-23 national time trial champion, has spent the last two seasons with Team Wiggins and was fourth at the Under-23 Giro d’Italia (Pic: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com)

Davies joins fellow Brits Chris Lawless, set to join Team Sky, and James Knox, who is QuickStep Floors-bound, in stepping up to UCI WorldTour level next season.

He is the third British rider confirmed for Dimension Data for next year, after Mark Cavendish and British road race and time trial champion Steve Cummings, while Scott Thwaites – who made his Tour de France debut with the team in the summer – is yet to confirm his future.

Dimension Data have also re-signed South African Grand Tour hopeful Louis Meintjes, Belgian powerhouse Julien Vermote and Dutch rider Tom-Jelte Slagter for 2018.

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