Talent or training? How a gifted young rider becomes a champion

How does a gifted young rider become a champion? Is it more about talent or training? CW asks scientists, coaches, and a teenage sensation - Words by Jamie Ewbank

Tom Pidcock in the junior men's time trial at the 2017 World Championships (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Most riders dream of winning a national or World Championship title. A few dedicate their lives to it. Fewer still achieve it. Among this successful minority, the thing they have in common is talent, in spades — talent that, for most of them, shone through at an early age.

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