Josh Edmondson shows his worth to Team Sky

Team Sky, Josh Edmondson

As a last-minute signing to Sky when he was set to ride for Bontrager-Trek in the US, 20-year-old Josh Edmondson has had to learn a lot in a hurry. One week he's on the local chain gang, the next he's on a Sky winter training camp, trying not to T-bone Sir Bradley.

"I had never guested with any pro teams. In fact, I had never raced with the pros - the only time was at the Tour of Britain - so I was a bit nervous at the first training camp in Majorca, but I think they took it easy on me," recalled Edmondson.

But they only took it easy up to a point. "The training load is pretty heavy. I remember at the first training camp in winter, the three of us [fellow new pros Ian Boswell and Joe Dombrowski] had slightly lighter schedules, and on the days when I came down to breakfast with my eyes still closed Rod Ellingworth would tell me to take it easy or take a day off."

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