Cycling Weekly is counting down the top 30 British Riders of the Year thoughout December. The top 10 will be revealed in the December 19 issue of Cycling Weekly magazine.
NUMBER 19: TAO GEOGHEGAN HART
The British junior team (both men and women) has had a brilliant season but it was the 18-year-old from Hackney, Tao Geoghegan Hart, who was the squad’s outstanding performer.
He finished third at the junior Paris-Roubaix in April, a race that has a rich history of British success. Geraint Thomas and Ian Stannard finished first and second in 2004, Andy Fenn beat Peter Sagan in 2008, Dan McLay was second in 2010 and John Dibben was third last year.
However, that result was not a one-off. Geogheghan Hart won a stage and the overall classification at the Tour of Itsria in Crotatia and the ride of the season came at the Giro della Lunigiana in Italy.
He won the opening stage and defended his lead throughout the race, adding the mountains and points competitions for good measure. His team-mate Scott Davies was second overall.
That result helped confirm a move to the American development squad Bissell, formerly Livestrong-Bontrager, which is run by Axel Merckx.
It’s the team Alex Dowsett rode for before turning professional and the squad has also nurtured American talent such as Taylor Phinney (now BMC) and Joe Dombrowski and Ian Boswell (Sky).
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Number 20: Joanna Rowsell
Number 21: Adam Yates
Number 22: Geraint Thomas
Number 23: Lizzie Armitstead
Number 24: Jason Kenny
Number 25: Evan Oliphant
Number 26: Ian Stannard
Number 27: Kenta Gallagher
Number 28: Emily Kay
Number 29: Owain Doull
Number 30: Katie Colclough