Warragul cyclist Cyrus Monk has been granted a coveted stagiaire position with World Tour team Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling, which will see him compete in the Tour of Britain and various races in Italy.
The University of Melbourne student will join the team from August 1.
“I’m really looking forward to being a part of cycling at a World Tour level,” Monk said.
“After following cycling for so long, I’m excited to be in a position of the riders who I’ve looked up to.”
The stagiaire opportunity came as somewhat of a surprise to the 20-year-old, who was not expecting such an offer so early in his career.
“I was a little frustrated with my early races, and thought that I would need some more concrete results, but luckily my consistency was enough to catch Cannondale-Drapac’s attention,” Monk said.
Monk was one of the standout riders at the Herald Sun Tour in February. He has also clocked up several quality rides this year, including third place in the Oceania’s under 23 Individual Time-Trial, and top 10 places at the Australian National Road Race Championships and the Oceania’s Road Championships.
Currently riding for the Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling’s Continental development team Drapac Pat’s-Veg, Monk is also the tour leader in the 2017 Victorian Road Series.