'You see guys now signing WorldTour contracts as a first-year junior. I really got to enjoy the last two years': Oliver Knight's long ride to the pro ranks

The 23-year-old bucked trends and completed his time at under-23 level before stepping up to the WorldTour with Cofidis this season

Oliver Knight
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In the age of teams signing riders straight from the junior ranks, or teenagers foregoing their development careers entirely, Oliver Knight stands out.

The softly spoken 23-year-old from Bedfordshire has not done anything radical, not really, but simply completed his years at under-23 level before moving to the WorldTour. It's not radical, but in the age of teenagers like AJ August, Markel Beloki and Theodor Storm signing pro contracts, it feels different. 

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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.