Here's who could do good things on their debut among the professors
There will be many young riders who will make their debut in the 2024 World Tour teams.
Some come from professional teams, others move up in category coming from satellite teams (as in the case of the already known Luca Vergallito at Alpecin or Johannes Staune-Mittet at Jumbo Visma).
However, there are five lesser-known athletes who, in our opinion, could show excellent things in their debut among the greats of the pedal.
Here is some advice also from a Fantacycling perspective:
Markel Beloki , an 18-year-old Basque who signed a three-year contract with EF Education-EasyPost after leaving the MMR Cycling Academy, is the son of former professional Joseba, who finished on the podium three times at the Tour de France and once at the Vuelta. He too, like his father, is an up-and-coming talent and promises to be one of the most interesting young people in the future.
Isaac Del Toro (pictured) , who will turn 20 in a few days, comes from mountain biking and cyclocross but it is on the path that he revealed great qualities racing in the AR Monex Pro Cycling Team. In 2023 he won the prestigious Tour de l'Avenir, winning all the available jerseys. UAE Emirates has arrived on him with whom he has signed a contract for the next three years.
Davide De Pretto is 21 years old and will race with Jayco AlUla in 2024 after leaving Zalf Euromobil Fior. This year he obtained the cyclamen jersey of the points classification at the Giro Next Gen and a prestigious podium at the Liège-Bastogne-Liège U23 demonstrating good numbers on the climbs.
Ef Education EasyPost considers him the 'best talent around'. So Darren Rafferty , who has so far raced with the Continental Hagens Berman Axeon team, has signed a contract with the team in which his compatriot Ben Healy plays. The Irishman, just twenty years old, won this year's Giro della Valle d'Aosta 2023, while at the Giro Next Gen 2023 he finished in second place.
After his apprenticeship at home (in the Soudal development team), and having debuted with the big boys in some Italian races in 2023, William Junior Lecerf is ready for the big leap into the professional ranks, again with Patrick Lefevere's team with which he signed for the next three years. At 21 years old, the Belgian seems to be among the most complete riders around: fifth overall in the Tour de l'Avenir 2023 and eighth in the Giro Next Gen also this year, he closed by winning the Lombardia Under 23.