Jon Dibben hopes that starting his season at the Tour Down Under will set him up for a strong Classics campaign.
The 23 year old believes he learnt a lot during his first professional road season and he’s looking forward to taking those lessons into 2018.
After racing the Classics in 2017 Dibben enjoyed a varied race programme as he settled into life on the WorldTour and the Brit picked up his first win at the Tour of California, claiming the stage six time trial.
He said: “2017 was obviously a big change for me going into a new team and a massive step up riding for a WorldTour team – one of the best ones in Team Sky – in my first season on the road.
“I’d sum it up as good. Not brilliant, not terrible, but good. I certainly learned a lot that I can hopefully improve.
“This year the Classics will again be my main focus. That will be what I aim for and it’s certainly where I aspire to be, competing in those races in the future. That will be the big aim.
“I start the season in Australia so I can get some early racing, build the form up and hopefully be on my A-game for the Classics.”
Certainly there is a real young group and it should be good to build together, taking that momentum forward.
Dibben is one of the older riders in the team’s Tour Down Under lineup, exemplifying the squad’s youthful makeup, and the former world points race champion is enjoying being a part of the team’s next generation.
He added: “When me, [Owain] Doull and Tao [Geoghegan Hart] joined last year obviously we were all friends and now [Chris] Lawless has joined this season. We’ll do Australia where the average age of the team will be really young. The oldest guy we’ve got in the team is [Salvatore] Puccio.
“Certainly there is a real young group and it should be good to build together, taking that momentum forward. For example you see Tao get a good result, and he’s young, he’s a good mate so it spurs you on a little bit and vice versa. So you progress as a group and hopefully keep going higher.”