We kick off our countdown of the 20 best British riders of 2014 with up-and-coming star Owain Doull...
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The 21-year-old from Cardiff joined the Irish An Post team this season and before the year was out had been offered a place with the French Europcar team. Owain Doull has reportedly turned down that offer, choosing instead to take a path that will keep him on track for team pursuit at the Olympic Games in 2016.
Doull has established himself in the Great Britain team pursuit squad this year and was part of the quartet – along with Ed Clancy, Jon Dibben and Andy Tennant to win gold medal in the European Championships, which were held in Guadeloupe. He followed that up with victory in the team pursuit at London round of the World Cup.
But it was the Madison in London that really caught the eye. Doull and the equally impressive Mark Christian rode a brilliant race to gain a lap at a key time and then hold onto it during a chaotic phase of the race near the end.
On the road, Doull’s most notable result was overall victory in Le Triptypque des Monts et Châteaux – a race on the UCI EuropeTour – in Belgium in April. He took the lead from his Great Britain team-mate Dibben and then sealed the title by winning the final stage.
Previous winners of the race include Mat Hayman, Stijn Devloder, Lars Boom, Thomas De Gendt and Tom Dumoulin – who have all gone on to have fine professional careers. Not bad wheels to follow.
We will be counting down the 20 best British riders of 2014 throughout December, with the top 10 published in the December 18 issue of Cycling Weekly magazine