British Riders of the Year number 18: Manon Lloyd

Carmarthenshire rider Manon Lloyd is number 18 in our countdown of the best British riders of 2014

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Eighteen-year-old Manon Lloyd from Wales won two gold medals at the European Junior Track Championships in Portugal and is one of a number of very talented young riders coming off the Welsh production line.

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Lloyd joined forces with Grace Garner (Lucy’s sister), Emily Nelson and Megan Barker (Elinor’s sister) to set the fastest time in qualifying and secure a meeting with Poland in the final.

The form book never looked in danger of being upset when the British team upped their game, trimming another three seconds off their time to win in 4-39.707.

The Carmarthenshire rider then won the 80-lap points race to secure her second European junior title.

We will be counting down the 20 best British riders of 2014 throughout December, with the top 10 published in the December 18 issue of Cycling Weekly magazine