Johnny Bellis Stuutgart world championships podium bronze

But for the dogged determination of British Cycling, Jonny Bellis would not even have been in the under-23 road race at the World Championships in Stuttgart.

Initially Britain was only allocated one place, which was given to Ben Swift, but British Cycling was convinced that the world rankings were wrong and that Britain was entitled to two further spots. After close examination, the UCI agreed and Bellis and Ian Stannard were added to the line-up.

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