‘It’s a brutal world’: Chasing the dream with James Shaw, who steps back up to the WorldTour


“I went to bed that night, when I knew the deal was signed, I just slept so well,” James Shaw tells Cycling Weekly about the day he signed the contract to take him back to the WorldTour after a three-year absence. 

“The best nights’ sleep I’ve had for maybe a year. Got into bed and bam…I just went, knowing that everything is going to be a bit brighter.”

But before the happy ending to this particular chapter in his life, let’s first go back to what in hindsight was a false restart to his cycling career.

February 2020. James

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