British Riders of 2013: Number 13

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.


BMX world champion

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The 2012 season did not work out the way Liam Phillips wanted. He crashed at the world championships in Birmingham, fracturing his collarbone, recovered and then crashed again in the Olympic final in London.

But the 24-year-old from Taunton had a fine 2013 campaign and was crowned world champion for the first time.

The season began well. He won the time trial super final at the UCI BMX SuperCross World Cup in Manchester in April and his form leading up to the World Championships in the summer was consistently good.

Everything that had gone wrong last year went well this year. He won every race in the build-up to the final at the World Championships in Auckland.

Phillips held off the home favourite Marc Willers and Germany’s Luis Brethaueur to win the rainbow jersey and become Britain’s first men’s elite BMX world champion since Dale Holmes in 2001.

>>Watch the video of the elite mens BMX world championships final on YouTube

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Number 14: Elinor Barker

Number 15: Dani King

Number 16: Dannielle Khan

Number 17: Katie Archibald

Number 18: Mike Cuming

Number 19: Tao Geoghegan Hart

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