The WorldTour neo-pros of 2020 had a lot to live up to after the class of 2019 put in such an amazing display with Remco Evenepoel and Tadej Pogačar starting their WorldTour careers. But there were still some stand-out performances.
Here we take a look at the five top performing neo-pros of the disjointed 2020 season.
The race that really put him on the map, though, has to be the Giro d’Italia where he started by coming second in the opening time trial to Palermo behind world champion, Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers).
Almeida’s worst finish placing, though, was 28th, which is incredible for a Grand Tour debutant, especially when it was his first year as a WorldTour rider.
Bjerg was one of the designated riders supporting their team sprinter, Fernando Gaviria, who didn’t manage a win, but the Danish rider got into plenty of breakaways and even wore the white jersey for best young rider on stage two.
Bjerg managed 17th representing Denmark in the World Championships time trial at Imola in Italy as well as some other solid time trial rides in races like the Volta ao Algarve, showing he definitely has a strong future.
The Italian continued his excellent rides with two top-10s at the Vuelta, also managing second place overall at the Coppi e Bartali as well as more top results at De Brabantse Pilj, La Flèche Wallonne, Giro dell’Emilia and more.
A rider that looks to suit the Ardennes Classics perfectly, he should be yet another very talented youngster who can add to the already long list of up-and-coming puncheur stars.
The Italian took few top-10 rides at the UAE Tour and the Tour of Poland as well as taking third behind Sam Bennett (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) and Giacomo Nizzolo (NTT Pro Cycling) at the Race Torquay, which added to his excellent start to his season in Australia.
In some sprints he did lose his way a bit and he was also caught out in a couple of crashes including at the Tirreno-Adriatico. But the young Italian does have some great speed and is yet another talented sprinter coming out of Italy.
Valter will be joining Groupama-FDJ for 2021 after CCC folds at the end of 2020, as he looks to develop further as a potential contender in some big stage races as well as supporting Thibaut Pinot and David Gaudu in the Grand Tours.