Israel-Premier Tech Academy sign 17-year-old Finlay Tarling on a two-year contract

Young Welshman, brother of Ineos Grenadiers' Josh Tarling, to ride for Israel-Premier Tech's development team for the 2025 and 2026 campaigns

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Finlay Tarling has been supported by Welsh Cycling

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Finlay Tarling has been supported by Welsh Cycling

Israel-Premier Tech Academy have announced the signing of young British talent Finlay Tarling, who will join the UCI ProTeam's development team as of 1 January 2025. The 17-year-old has signed a two-year contract that will see him ride for the team until the end of 2026.

His name is already well known thanks to his strong performances as a junior and the exploits of his older brother Josh Tarling, who turned professional with Ineos Grenadiers last season and has already become the European time trial champion.

The skillset of young Finlay Tarling is much like his older brother's, with the Welshman noted for his strong time-trialling pedigree and an engine that will make him a valuable teammate in the years to come.

"Everyone knows what a strong rider his older brother Josh is, and talent clearly runs in the family," said Israel-Premier Tech owner Sylvan Adams. So, Fin’s confidence in joining our programme is truly a validation of our system. In the last three years, we’ve promoted eight development riders to our senior team. This should be a signal to all aspiring professionals that we can offer them a path to the WorldTour."

Adams and Israel-Premier Tech will have no doubt pointed to the success of fellow Brit prodigy Joseph Blackmore, who was promoted to the UCI ProTeam just three weeks ago having impressed through the opening months of the season.

Tarling had been linked with a move to Ineos Grenadiers, with Luke Rowe recently singing the praises of the 17-year-old in an episode of the Watts Occurring podcast. However, Israel-Premier Tech have moved quickly to secure the services of Tarling for the coming two seasons.

"The thing that drew me to IPT the most was that the team came with a real plan and will help me work across all the development areas over the coming seasons,” explained Tarling. “Also, the family feel to the team and how open the team is to any support that is needed. I feel like there are the right opportunities and processes in place to give me the perfect stepping stones to progress into hopefully a long career.”

Currently in his second season as a junior with Willebrord Wil Vooruit Juniors in the Netherlands, Tarling has made a real name for himself on the time trial bike. Alongside setting records for his age category up and down the United Kingdom, the 17-year-old finished second in last year's Chrono des Nations Juniors, a race that has been won by his older brother, Remco Evenepoel (Soudal Quick-Step) and Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) over the past decade.

Taking a steadier approach towards the WorldTour than his older brother, who jumped straight from the junior ranks in 2023, Tarling is equally as keen to become a Classics star in the future, owing to his natural build as a strong rouleur.

"My hopes for the first year with the team is take every opportunity to really develop as a rider and gain as much experience as possible. Obviously, it would be great if it came with some results, but if not, to take all knowledge I’ve gained into the second year. I think as it’s my first year the races that I could best fit into would be the Classic-type races as they are the type of races where you can learn the most in terms of positioning and choosing when to make race-winning moves," said Tarling.

“I also think with the TT background that I have that it could be used for shorter stage races with TTs to carry a possible GC contention. I’m really looking forward to working with a world-class setup and support to hopefully get the best out of myself."

It is an ambition shared by the Israel-Premier Tech Academy manager Tim Elverson, who has enjoyed a strong working relationship with the Welsh Academy for many years.

"While his obvious strength makes him a TT specialist, with some work within the IPT Academy structure, around process and delivery of a race, I believe Fin will be stretching his legs in tough classic-type races in the future and will become a very important team member. IPT is taking some big steps in time trialling as well, so Fin can help spearhead that as the growth continues.”

As for Josh Tarling, Ciro Scognamiglio of La Gazzetta dello Sport today reported that the 20-year-old's next race will be the Critérium du Dauphiné in June. Between the Ineos Grenadiers starlet and the latest acquisition by Israel-Premier Tech Academy, the Tarling stable looks set to become household WorldTour stars in the years to come.

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