Another talented Aussie rider, Chris has already completed two Grand Tours for Team Sunweb, the 2018 Giro d’Italia and the 2017 Vuelta a España, demonstrating his climbing abilities. The 23-year-old found cycling through mountain biking, working his way up through the national and international system. But after falling short of Olympic selection towards the end of the 2015 season, he turned his full attention to the road.
Next season, Chris hopes to continue his upward trajectory with the support of the team, after a top 10 in the Tour of Britain, and top 20s in the Tour of Slovenia and Tour Down Under in 2018.
“I want to continue to develop – I am no longer a neo-pro now and I want to start to target races, aiming for more top 10s. Team Sunweb have a great development program for young guys. They picked me out of nowhere, without any big results. We have a lot of trust in each other and the team success is a big motivator.”
Chris lost his best friend at the end of 2017 in a cycling accident, a tragic event that changed his attitude to life and continues to motivate him now. Since, the 2016 U23 national road race champion has helped to set up a charity fund with the school they both went to, to help the development of younger kids hoping to become bike riders.
Laidback, funny and up for a laugh, Chris loves cars and motorbikes and is often found tinkering in his workshop during the off-season in Australia. His favourite car is a Holden Maloo.