For many riders, the headline results come later in their careers when something of an apprenticeship has been served working for the existing team leader, before they usurp that position and taste their own glory.
Very few riders burst onto the Grand Tour scene in their first season, most instead have a crack at the Tour Méditerranéen or take a stage in the Coppi e Bartali. It’s in those early days of finishing in the grupetto or having a run out in much smaller races that we’ve looked at here.
We’ve picked out some of the more obscure results from a range of otherwise very impressive professional cycling results. ‘You’re only as good as your last race’, someone once said; well here riders are only as good as they were at a randomly selected time on their Wikipedia page.