Academy programme where Mark Cavendish and Geraint Thomas started is cut back

British Cycling academy to work with development teams to provide riders with more exposure to top level racing

Three Great Britain cycling team riders
Riders in action for the Great Britain Cycling team at the Tour of Britain
(Image credit: SW Pix)

The British Cycling academy programme that gave birth to the careers of Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas as well as joint record Tour de France stage winner Mark Cavendish has seen its race programme drastically cut back. 

However, while British Cycling will continue to support riders via its hugely successful track programme in 2023, riders who until recently were part of the full time road programme have been encouraged to find other road teams next year.

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Tom Thewlis

Tom has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2022 and his news stories, rider interviews and features appear both online and in the magazine. 

Since joining the team, he has reported from some of professional cycling's biggest races and events including the Tour de France and the World Championships in Glasgow. He has also covered races elsewhere across the world. 

As well as on the ground reporting, Tom writes race reports from the men's and women's WorldTour and helps with coverage of UK domestic cycling.