Welcome to the second in the Series I hope to continue all way into the new season. Each blog will cover a cyclist to be watched next year, their is no set criteria as such but my guidelines are the following; Under 26 years on the new year, never won a Pro tour event, and riding for a team that will get into the biggest races.
You can find the No 1 in the series here
You can find No 2 in the series here
Todays Young Cyclist to watch in 2013:
Name: Wilco Kelderman
Nationality : Dutch
Born:25th Match 1991
Build: 185cm / 64kg
Team: Blanco Cycling
Kelderman is a second year pro with the former |Rabobank team after spending two seasons with the Rabobank development squad, Rabobank have pulled their name for 2013 but funding remains and hopes for Kelderman are high.Kelderman doing what he does best racing the clock
In 2010 he won the Tour Alsace the field was mixed that year but winners since have done well with Pinot a Stage winner in the tour, while Tiernan Locke got himself a sky contract. He also had a good 12th in the Tour de L’ain, just off talent like Gallopin and Bouet for a top 10.
2011 saw similar success without progressing his level but still young that would have not concerned those talking him up. He showed his time trailing ability by picking up two individual wins in them, he showed his talent also by securing a win in the overall for the Tour of Norway but the field was not the strongest. His win in the THuringren RUndfarth looked stronger as he won with a bit of cushion.
2012 was his kick off year as he was taken on by Protour team Rabobank. A 7th in the overall for the Tour of California stood out early onb as showing his all round ability, 2 and half mins down on his winning team mate Gesink. He was just 19 seconds of Leipheimer, beating Horner, Macado and Weening to 7th. He again showed talent with an 8th in the Dauphine adapting so well to the step up his best stage result been in the time trial. He lost just over 3mins to Wiggins in all, not far off another 7th with Brajkovic pipping him. He tailed off bit towards end of season with a lack of success in the one day racing. He had a notable 7th as well in Denmark with the top sprinters puncheurs getting the better of him.
His 2012 suggests he is not far off a big win in stage racing, it is likely he gets a grand tour this year most likely the Giro and she how he adapts.
Summary: Big things await Kelderman with a year left in the team till they must find a new sponsor. He has progressed well in his first year in the Pro Tour he has the talent of many Dutch riders similar to the likes of Gesink. I would expect him to have a victory at Pro Tour level this year.