Number 29: Chris Newton
Last year’s position: 24
Chris Newton’s dreams of riding the London Olympics at the age of 38 diminished when the UCI announced that his event, the points race, would not be part of the programme. And although there are events in the omnium that suit him, there are those which don’t.
So Newton’s focus switched back to the road for what has turned out to be his final season before becoming part of British Cycling’s coaching team.
And what a season it was. He won the Tour Doon Hame overall, dominating the event in typical fashion. At the Lincoln Grand Prix, he was constantly aggressive and sealed a classy victory that came 10 years after his first win in the event.
That win gave him the lead in the Premier Calendar. And it was a lead he defended in style. The Rapha Condor Sharp man was fifth at the Ryedale Grand Prix, then won the Beaumont Trophy before finishing fourth at the East Yorkshire Classic and Richmond Grand Prix.
It gave him a crushing 200-point margin over Sigma’s Simon Richardson in the Premier Calendar standings and wrapped up his third overall win in Britain’s road race series (1998 and 2007 were the other years he won).
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.