There is so much hope for British cycling, despite the domestic scene’s troubles

Stevie Williams’ victory at the Tour Down Under was just the latest breakthrough ride by a Briton, although there might not be a home UCI stage race to perform at soon

Oscar Onley celebrates as he wins stage five of the 2024 Tour Down Under
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Good morning and welcome back to The Leadout. I’m currently writing this from Hamad International Airport in Qatar, where I’m stopping over on the way back from the Tour Down Under. Thoughts and prayers for my body clock to, please, as well as any comments, suggestions, or general chat.

Standing at the top of Willunga Hill on Saturday, it was striking that the first two men across the line were British: Oscar Onley (dsm-firmenich PostNL) then Stevie Williams (Israel-Premier Tech). Twenty-four hours later, at Mount Lofty, it was Williams who was first across the line first, while Onley’s race finished in disappointment - for him - with fourth. There was, in fact, another Briton in the top ten in Simon Yates, who finished seventh.

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Adam Becket
News editor

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.