Niklas Eg's third place at the prestigious Under-23 race the Tour de l'Avenir in 2017 helped seal a contract with Trek-Segafredo for the 2018-2019 seasons. The 24-year-old Dane, a natural climber, quickly showed his first year in the WorldTour was more than just learning the ropes – in the Tour of Croatia he finished in fifth place overall earning him a spot in the Giro d’Italia lineup, his first Grand Tour. Niklas’ ultimate ambitions lie in the Grand Tours. It will be a few years of riding in support of the team leaders until he earns his stripes, but keep an eye on this young talent in the shorter stage races where he will have opportunities to shine.

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Which skill or talent do you have that people don’t know about?

I like to think I've nailed potatoes and root vegetables in the oven.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would that be?

I would like to try to be a classics rider/sprinter for just one day.

What was your first bike?

Trek 1000