Throughout December we will be revealing Cycling Weekly‘s top 50 British riders of the year.
Don’t forget that we’ll be revealing the final top ten riders of 2008 in Cycling Weekly‘s December 25 issue.
Here are today’s duo…
NO. 32: PETER KENNAUGH
It has been a sensational year for the 19-year-old from the Isle of Man on the road and on the track. And it is easy to forget this was his first year as a senior rider.
He went into the road season on the back of three under-25 Six-Day wins, in Ghent, Berlin and Copenhagen, and he teamed up with Mark Cavendish to win the rescheduled national Madison Championships, which helped to guarantee Britain?s qualification for the Olympic Games.
Two big wins in Italian one-day races have already brought him to the attention as a classy, tactically-sound rider. The Trofeo Bastianelli was a big win trumped by the GP Capodarco in August. That race is named after the late Olympic road race champion Fabio Casartelli, who won his gold medal in 1992 and died in a crash in the 1995 Tour de France.
Kennaugh won it in fine style, whittling down a break of some of the best under-23 riders racing in Europe and then attacking them on the last climb.
His form all summer was superb. In June he was second to Russell Downing in the GP of Wales and then second behind Rob Hayles in the national road race championships, which netted him the under-23 title.
On the track he won the European under-23 team pursuit gold medal too. If he isn?t a star in the making, we?ll be very surprised.
NO. 31: JOSH BRYCELAND
Val di Sole in Italy was a happy hunting ground for Great Britain?s mountain bikers and Josh Bryceland got the downhillers off to a golden start, beating his compatriot Sam Dale to the junior world title.
Having punctured in the 2007 Worlds, Bryceland suffered no such bad luck and capitalised fully to clinch the rainbow jersey.
During the season he led the junior classification in the World Cup and began to knock on the door of a breakthrough in the senior standings, regularly getting into the lower reaches of the top 20.
RIDERS REVEALED SO FAR
December 9: No. 34 Jody Cundy and 33 Liam Killeen
December 8: No. 36 David Millar and 35 Ian Stannard
December 7: No. 38 Daniel Fleeman and 37 Matt Crampton
December 6: No. 40 Jessica Allen and 39 Daniel Lloyd
December 5: No. 42 David Daniell and 41 Dean Downing
December 4: No. 44 Steve Peat and 43 Anna Blyth
December 3: No. 46 Jonny Bellis and 45 Jess Varnish
December 2: No. 48 Luke Rowe and 47 Michael Hutchinson
December 1: No. 50 Katie Colclough and 49 Chris Froome