CW's Top British Riders of 2010: No. 24
Daniel Lloyd, Giro d'Italia 2010, stage 3
Number 24: Daniel Lloyd
Last year's position: 11
Considering it was only his second season at the top level, Daniel Lloyd's progress has been incredible.
No wonder he is rated as one of the most reliable and respected domestiques there is. No wonder that when it came to recommending riders to join the new Garmin-Cervélo co-operative, Gerard Vroomen suggested Lloyd to Jonathan Vaughters.
Lloyd's value is his versatility. He is an accomplished rider in the Classics but he's also at home in the grand tours. This year he finished both the Giro and the Tour, riding at the side of Cervélo's overall contender Carlos Sastre.
That Sastre, a former Tour winner, was happy with Lloyd being his wing man speaks volumes. Sastre is not a demanding or voluble task-master but he has very high standards and expects the best. Lloyd settled into the rhythm and did the job with the minimum of fuss.
Speak to anyone at Cervélo about who they'd want with them in a crisis and they'll say Lloydy.
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.