Number 20: Joshua Edmondson
Last year’s position: N/A
Another of a very promising crop of youngsters – which includes Simon Yates, Tom Moses, Sam Harrison, Dan McLay and Owain Doull – is Joshua Edmonson.
Riding for Motorpoint-Marshalls Pasta RT, Edmundson made some big-name riders sit up and take notice at the Eddie Soens Memorial at the Aintree race course. The traditional season opener is a handicap race open to riders of all categories but it is not one for the faint-hearted. With the elite group, containing the likes of Ben Swift (Team Sky) and Ed Clancy, setting off three-minutes behind the juniors they could not have suspected they would get caught. But the juniors made contact with the back of the group after the fifth of 30 laps and so were a lap up on the big guns.
Try as they might, the other teams – Raleigh and Metaltek among them – attempted to shake off the juniors but couldn’t. Motorpoint’s senior riders, Steven Burke, Ed Clancy, Andy Tennant and Jonny McEvoy, did all they could to keep it together and Edmondson delivered the goods, becoming only the second junior to win the race in its 49-year history. Steve Cummings in 1999 was the other.
Edmondson also won the Isle of Man Youth Tour and figured very strongly in the National Junior Road Race Series.
But his most impressive result was fourth in the road race at the Junior World Championships in Offida, Italy in August. The race was won by French rider Olivier Le Gac, narrowly ahead of a group of riders. Edmondson was pipped to a medal by the outgoing champion Jasper Stuyven of Belgium.
Cycling Weekly’s Top British Riders of 2010 advent calendar: We will reveal one rider per day behind the virtual doors of our sparkly advent calendar from Wednesday December 1 to Christmas Eve, Friday December 24. The top eight will then be revealed in Cycling Weekly magazine’s final issue of the year, which will be in the shops on December 30 2010.