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.
NUMBER 13: LIAM PHILLIPS
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.
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