Shaw finishes stage 4 in fifth place (Image credit: James Huntly Photography) Shaw at the Tour of Slovenia (Image credit: James Huntly Photography) Shaw finishes stage 4 in fifth place (Image credit: James Huntly Photography) (Image credit: James Huntly Photography) James Shaw secured one of the best results of his career at the weekend with fifth overall in the Tour of Slovenia and, despite contemplating retirement for the past three seasons, the British rider is now fully enjoying himself in the Continental ranks.
A few years ago, Shaw, now 25, was part of the Lotto Soudal WorldTour team but, after a bruising exit from the Belgian squad in 2018, he has bounced around the lower divisions of the sport.
At the weekend, however, he went toe-to-toe with 2020 Tour de France winner Tadej Pogačar and a host of WorldTour teams. In fact, the British athlete was the only non-WorldTour rider to finish inside the top seven overall and he spoke to Cyclingnews as he travelled back to the UK on Monday morning.
"I’m over the moon, and I think that we did really well out there. We were by far the least funded team in the race but we rocked up in our hire cars and showed what we can do," Shaw told Cyclingnews .
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