The Wright Stuff: Fred Wright's hopes for his salvaged neo-pro season

What do you do when life throws you a lemon in the form of an abrupt halt to your first WorldTour season? If you're Fred Wright you make lemonade, come out of lockdown even faster and more ready than ever to get stuck in

Fred Wright (Getty)

Lockdown has been tough for many of us, not least professional cyclists who, for long weeks, were aimlessly treading water, constantly scanning the horizon for a rescue boat in the form of reinstated competition.

Thus, any rider who has lost a bit of form, gained a bit of timber, could be forgiven, especially if like Fred Wright, they have had their maiden year in the top flight cut off at the knees just as it was getting going.

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.