Lawless, who joined the team in 2018, said he will now use that victory as motivation with the aim of going on to achieve even better things over the next two years, pinpointing the Classics as an ongoing key area of focus, as well as highlighting his dream of riding a Grand Tour in the not too distant future.
“I just want to carry on trying to win bike races and see where that takes me,” he said. “I stepped up quite a bit in the Classics this year and I want to continue to do that again over the next two years – to go further in those races and maybe challenge in some of the smaller Classics too.
“I also really want to put myself in the frame to ride a Grand Tour over the next few years. It’s not easy to get selected to ride one of the three big races of the year, because the depth of talent we have in this team is incredible, but that’s got to be one of my aims.”
The Wigan-born rider believes young British riders are enjoying a ‘really positive period’ at the moment, and he is excited to see what he and his fellow Brits can achieve in the years to come.
“It feels like this is a really positive period for young British riders – not just on this team, but for British cycling in general,” he said.
“There’s a really strong group of young riders and I’m personally excited about seeing what we can all achieve over the next few years – and obviously I want to play a big part in that myself.”