Updated: Jun 25
A Q&A with the 20-year-old Groupama-FDJ rider
Jake Stewart at the UCI World Championships in 2019 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
British youngster Jake Stewart joined the Groupama-FDJ Continental setup last year, its first in existence, and after some stellar results at that level took the opportunity to ride with the WorldTour squad earlier this season.
Stewart joined a young team at the Volta ao Algarve, his first race of the season, riding alongside the likes of Stefan Küng and Tobias Ludvigsson for his first time as part of a WorldTour squad.
Last season, Stewart excelled on the cobbles, taking third at the U23 Tour of Flanders and eighth at Paris-Roubaix Espoirs, as well as finishing top five at the Triptyque des Monts en Châteaux.
Cyclingnews caught up with him at the end of the Volta ao Algarve to find out more about the 20-year-old.
“I’ve aspired to the riders that are humble in their winning and work hard, like Jens Voigt or Cancellara. Gritty guys who work hard and show that their pays off.”
Cyclingnews: How has your first race as part of a WorldTour setup been?
Jake Stewart:I’ve enjoyed it. I haven’t come here in top condition. It was the first race of the season, so you never really know what to expect. I’ve just come out of a training camp and came here so we were just here more for the learning experience than to get a result.
The first day they said I go for a sprint and I punctured at the worst moment. It was stage over then and stage 3 was the first time getting involved in the sprint this season. I got caught in a wheel when a lead out man was coming backwards and then it was full gas to the line.
CN: Does it inspire you to look around and see riders like Remco Evenepoel [who won the race – Ed.] succeeding at this level at such a young age?
JS: I think certainly the sport is becoming younger and younger, especially in recent years. It’s where we aspire to be anyway, and hopefully if I make the step up to WorldTour I could perform at a top level straight away.
CN: How has your time with Groupama FDJ been – both here and at the Continental squad?
JS: The new rules from the UCI allowed this, so I was the first guy from the Conti team to step up into the WorldTour team. It was good to be able to integrate and learn from these WorldTour guys.
I’ve enjoyed it here. I decided to step away from the British Academy and try and pursue something on the road and concentrate on that. I’ve trusted all the staff here, I’ve really enjoyed it and I contin