Throughout December we will be revealing Cycling Weekly‘s top 50 British riders of the year.
We’re getting well into the list now – you can see who has made the list so far by clicking on the links below.
NO. 38: DAN FLEEMAN
Like Dan Lloyd, the other Dan at An Post, 26-year-old Dan Fleeman, is also joining Cervélo for 2009. It?s almost as if they come as a package.
Fleeman proved something to himself this season ? that he has potential in the high mountains.
He won the Tour des Pyrenees in August, a four-day stage race that climbed the Col d?Aspin, the Soulour, the Somport and a host of other mountains on the border between France and Spain.
Fleeman followed an almost identical racing programme to Lloyd and spent a fair amount of the time working for him, but come the Tour des Pyrenees Lloyd repaid the favour and Fleeman took the first major yellow jersey of his career.
Thirteenth in the Tour of Ireland and seventh in the Tour of Britain should have earned him a place in the Great Britain World Championships team but, it seems, he?s on the outside looking in at the moment.
If Fleeman continues to impress at Cervélo next season, BC won?t be able to ignore him any longer.
NO. 37: MATT CRAMPTON
It felt like the 21-year-old sprinter had been knocking on the door all year without being heard.
And then he netted the big-money International Keirin race at the end of the Manchester World Cup.
Crampton has been eclipsed by Jason Kenny?s remarkable rise to Olympic champion status and he may also feel that David Daniell is snapping at his ankles.
But if there was no Kenny and no Daniell, we?d all be getting pretty excited about Crampton because he has promise and he has time on his side. He?s way ahead of where Chris Hoy was at the same age, for example.
Until that International Keirin it did look like a season of near-misses though. Fourth in the kilometre at the Copenhagen World Cup by just 0.2 of a second. Fourth in the kilometre at the Worlds by a fraction of a second when just half a second split the top four. A bronze in the under-23 sprint and silver in the team sprint at the European Track Championships.
At the Manchester World Cup he took bronze in the sprint, beating Michael D?Almeida in the medal race, though, and that set up the pay day in the Keirin.
Although not necessarily a key indicator given that the biggest names didn?t compete, it?s also worth noting that Crampton is the national sprint, kilometre and Keirin champion.
RIDERS REVEALED SO FAR
December 6: No. 40 Jessica Allen and 39 Dan Lloyd
December 5: No. 42 David Daniell and 41 Dean Downing
December 4: No. 44 Steve Peat and 43 Anna Blyth
December 3: No. 46 Jonny Bellis and 45 Jess Varnish
December 2: No. 48 Luke Rowe and 47 Michael Hutchinson
December 1: No. 50 Katie Colclough and 49 Chris Froome