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Throughout December we will be revealing Cycling Weekly‘s top 50 British riders of the year.

Today we reveal another two riders on the list – to see the previous riders in the top 50 revealed so far, scroll to the bottom of the page.


You could understand the buzz in the velodrome the night David Daniell won a brilliant, unexpected gold in the kilo at the Manchester World Cup.

His time in less than perfect conditions, 1-01.966, was truly world-class and had the sprint coaching team excited for the future. Apart from anything else, it absolutely smashed his personal best.

Daniell is not even 19 until December 23 and already among the quickest sprinters in the world. Immediately he was hailed as a successor to Chris Hoy ? and Jason Kenny must have been watching nervously.

Looking back at the European Track Championships six weeks before, there was little sign of such a stunning performance. He was a modest eighth in the under-23 sprint and took a silver in the team sprint and kilometre, where he rode a 1-03 to finish adrift of Frenchman Michael D?Almeida.

But it was a different story in Manchester, which was his World Cup debut for Great Britain. After the sensational kilometre win, he then qualified second fastest (behind Kenny) in the sprint, before bowing out to D?Almeida in the quarter-finals.

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Deano was no match for his brother Russell this season ? but then again, who was?

Mind you, the Rapha-Condor-Recycling rider had an excellent season by any standards and, had it not been for his younger sibling?s streak of Premier Calendar wins, we?d be hailing him as the outstanding figure on the domestic front.

Downing won the National Circuit Race Championship with his fast finish to pip Rob Hayles and Tony Gibb at the event in Beverley.

He was quickest out of the blocks in the Premier Calendar, winning the opener, the Bikeline Two-Day in March and following up with second places in the Lincoln and Richmond Grand Prix and third in the East Yorkshire Classic. That gave him second in the Premier Calendar standings.

If there was a bad day it was at the East Midlands Cicle Classic when he was promptly disqualified from fourth place. The commissaire claimed he cut out part of the course, a claim Downing strongly refuted, although he definitely took too much of a pace from a team car because CW saw him, and so the jury?s decision was probably fair.

That aside, it was a consistently fine year that also netted him a bronze medal in the National Road Race Championships, a gritty stage in the Ras in Ireland.

The big highlight, though, was victory in the second stage of the Sachsen Tour in Germany. He pulled out the sprint of his life to win the technical finish in Frohburg ? Australia?s Michael Rogers was third ?  and earned himself a day in the leader?s jersey to boot.


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


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