'I think this will open the floodgates' - Fred Wright takes maiden victory at British National Road Championship

Bahrain-Victorious rider powered to win in Saltburn from small group ahead of James Knox and Stevie Williams

Fred Wright wins the British National Road Championships
(Image credit: SWPix/Alex Whitehead)

Fred Wright had spent 220 days racing as a professional before Sunday's British National Championships road race on Sunday. The Londoner had finished second six times in elite races, third another three times, and in the top five 7 times. And yet, the win had not yet come for the 24-year-old, always escaping him at the last. 

In 2022 he seemingly nailed the art of getting in the right move but found himself unable to finish it off, with his breakthrough Tour de France and Vuelta a España endearing himself to fans, but that debut professional win was just out of reach; it was Mads Pedersen's day in Saint-Etienne, Jesús Herrada's in Cistierna.

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.