'I was a little daunted before': The story of the 2020 British Grand Tour debutants

2020 saw a record number of Brits make their debuts in a Grand Tour. Chris Marshall-Bell spoke to them to find out what the experience was like

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Sixty thrilling stages of three Grand Tours were packed into just 71 days this autumn, with a record seven Britons making their debuts in racing’s most prestigious and longest undertakings.

Since the turn of the new millennium, 37 Brits have made their Grand Tour debuts. Until 2020 the highest in one year was in 2009, when the Giro d’Italia startlist featured Ben Swift, Ian Stannard and Dan Lloyd. At that year’s Vuelta a España, veteran Roger Hammond made his bow.

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