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Cycling Weekly - - WELCOME - SI­MON RICHARD­SON Ed­i­tor si­mon.richard­[email protected]­dia.com

How many more mile­stones are there for Bri­tish cy­clists still to tick off? There have been so many in re­cent years that I’ve stopped try­ing to com­pare or rank them, and in­stead en­joy each one for what it is.

Mine start in 2000, with Ja­son Queally’s kilo gold in Syd­ney. I still re­mem­ber watch­ing as rider af­ter rider failed to beat his time. Un­like Chris Board­man’s gold in 1992, Queally’s felt like it was part of some­thing big­ger and there­fore meant some­thing more.

Fast-for­ward to 2008 and the Bei­jing Olympics was so com­pletely off the scale in terms of suc­cess it had to be ranked as the sport’s finest mo­ment for Bri­tish fans.

But then 2012 rolled along. The first Bri­tish win­ner of the Tour fol­lowed by two glo­ri­ous weeks of gold-medal win­ning per­for­mances in front of rap­tur­ous home fans. It just doesn’t get any bet­ter.

But now we have an­other year to add to the list. An­other mile­stone for Bri­tish fans to cel­e­brate. For this was the year that Bri­tain be­came the first na­tion to win all three Grand Tours with three dif­fer­ent riders.

That’s why this mag­a­zine is a break from the norm — hope­fully you’ve no­ticed that from our cover — with the whole is­sue ded­i­cated to this his­toric feat. But please, don’t try and com­pare or rank it, just en­joy it for what it is.

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