Ahead of his maiden Elite road race at the World Championships, the highly rated American young rider talks about his remarkable debut season with Team INEOS Grenadiers, his Tour de France ambitions, and why he sees himself competitive also in winter sports. Magnus Sheffield is only 20 years old, but he’s already considered the next American road cycling star.
And all the hype and high expectations seem justified after the results he achieved in his impressive rookie season as an elite rider: from his first pro win at the Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta del Sol in February to the most recent time trial success at the Tour of Denmark, where he finished second in the general classification.
In April, Sheffield made headlines around the world when he took a solo victory in the De Brabantse Pijl, becoming the first US rider to claim a one-day Belgian classic race since multiple Grand Tour stage winner Tyler Farrar over a decade ago (Scheldeprijs in 2010).
“It’s really important to be ambitious,” the INEOS Grenadiers rider said in a video call from Australia, where he represents Team USA at the 2022 UCI Road World Championships. He has already taken part in the time trial, where he was fourth-fastest at the second time check before hurtling into barriers.
“Part of that is I really want to set the level really high for myself because I think, yeah, I’d only be doing myself a disservice if I did anything less." “Ultimately, I really enjoy winning. I love to […]