L'Ecole Britannique: Why young British riders are in vogue across the channel

Groupama-FDJ’s development squad has become the go-to place for young British riders in recent years and its turning them into WorldTour pros who get results

Groupama FDJ development
(Image credit: Groupama FDJ)

Midnight, and a blue, red and white Skoda pulls into the car park of a hotel in Besancon, Eastern France. An averagely tall teenager of slight build, with short mousy-coloured hair emerges from the vehicle into the cold October night. Bleary-eyed and tired, he’s ready to hit the sack straight away after a five-hour drive. It has been a long day.

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