After exceptional performances this season, Scotland’s Oscar Onley has been promoted by Team DSM to join their WorldTour team for five years from next season.
Onley came through the Scottish Cycling Performance Programme and will not be the only Scot in action on the world stage in 2023. The Kelso native will join Sean Flynn at the Dutch squad for next season, as the two become the first male Scottish-developed riders to join the WorldTour in its current guise, and the first to ride at the highest echelons of the sport since Brian Smith.
The duo join Anna Shackley (Team SD Worx) who has gone from strength to strength on the Women’s WorldTour over the past two seasons.
Riding for the development squad at Team DSM, Onley rose to prominence this season with a victory at the U23 Valle d’Aosta and a top ten at the U23 Giro d’Italia, which gained the attention of Team DSM and saw his promoted for several races at the end of the season.
The curtailled Tour of Britain saw Onley in the hunt for the general classification, riding aggresiviely against WorldTour oppoisition, while the CRO.race saw Onley revel on the short steep finishes. The Scot managed to battle with Tour de France winner Jonas Vinegaard and only missed out on winning the overall by 11 seconds, claiming the jersey for best young rider in the process.
His efforts in 2022, saw Onley nominated for the Scottish Cycling Awards, shortlisted for the Male Rider of the Year Award.
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