The young British rider will make his racing debut with Team Sky at next week’s Tour Down Under
After years in Team Wiggins, JLT Condor and Axeon Hagens Berman, 22-year-old Lawless will ride alongside many top stars in the first WorldTour race of the season.
“I think as a British rider it does make it a bit more special to turn pro with a British team, and I think it makes it a bit easier as well,” Lawless said.
“There have been times in the past for young British riders where they’ve had to go to an Italian speaking team and as well as trying to learn all the stuff around moving up to the WorldTour, they’ve had to learn a new language as well.
“So hopefully it will be a bit easier for me to get a lot of experience from the first year because I’m not concentrating on learning another language as well, and trying to decipher what’s being said in team meetings.”
Already in Adelaide, he and the team have trained and were even stopped by the police for a traffic violation. He will race his debut in Sky kit at the People’s Choice Classic, a non-ranked criterium,