Brits on the up

Cycling Weekly - - Letters -

One thing that has gone un­no­ticed with this year’s Tour de France, as re­gards to rid­ers who have a link with Great Bri­tain: the me­dia have failed to no­tice the facts be­hind the three Bri­tish rid­ers who fin­ished in the top 10.

1. Chris Froome rides for the UK thanks to his parent­age.

2. Dan Martin rode as a ju­nior un­der GB colours, and switched to Ire­land be­cause the GB sys­tem did not cater for road race-only rid­ers.

3. Si­mon Yates is the first GB rider to fin­ish in the top 10 of the Tour who has gone through the lot­tery-funded World Class Per­for­mance Plan (WCPP). Geraint Thomas also came through the WCPP and would likely have fin­ished in the top 10 were it not for suc­cumb­ing to ac­ci­dents.

Dan Martin was the op­por­tunist on stage fin­ishes in the moun­tains. It also gives you the im­pres­sion he was try­ing to get Si­mon Yates to see that he fin­ished in that group of top-10 fin­ish­ers.

Mick Furn, email

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