Leo Hayter, Cycling Weekly's rising star of 2022, talks through his season in the spotlight

We caught up with the winner of the "Baby Giro" to hear all about the win in Italy and his dream move to Ineos Grenadiers

Leo Hayter
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Leo Hayter was born to race a bike. Brother of Ineos Grenadier’s star Ethan Hayter, Leo has had quite the year, ending with him joining his brother in the professional ranks at the Dave Brailsford managed team in 2023.

It’s tempting to see Hayter’s under-23 Giro d’Italia, or “Baby Giro”, victory in May in the colours of the Axel Merckx-run Hagens Berman Axeon team, as the catalyst but he explains that the WorldTour was already coming knocking before then. 

“At the end of last year, I had a lot of interest,” he says. “Although it kind of went quiet for a bit as I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. Then it wasn’t until after the Giro that I had real offers on the table.” 

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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.