Ris­ing star

The award for home-grown tal­ent bound for the big leagues

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ste­vie Wil­liams

A solid ninth place at the U23 Liège-bas­togne-liège and an over­all win at Ronde de l’is­ard would have been enough to in­ter­est Word­tour teams. But it was a break­through per­for­mance at the Baby Giro that was the pin­na­cle of Wil­liams’s year, with a stage win which led to a spell in the leader’s jer­sey and a fifth place over­all fin­ish. With the 22-year-old sign­ing for Bahrain-merida next year, his po­ten­tial will re­ally be put to the test.

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Jess Roberts

Jess Roberts’s elite na­tional women’s road ti­tle was the zenith of a storm­ing first year in the se­niors. At­tack­ing to hold off a bunch con­tain­ing some of the most estab­lished names in the pelo­ton, Roberts could barely be­lieve the scale of her achieve­ment. But vic­tory in the Stock­ton Grand Prix, bronze in the Cir­cuit Cham­pi­onship, a hand in Team Breeze’s na­tional team pur­suit win and a brace of U23 Euro­pean track sil­ver medals serve to un­der­line her ex­tremely promis­ing fu­ture.

3 BEN TULETT

Were it not for Tom Pid­cock’s strato­spheric tra­jec­tory through the ju­nior ranks, we might eas­ily be think­ing of Ben Tulett as the most ex­cit­ing male ju­nior since his older brother Dan, who him­self isn’t short of sil­ver­ware. Pid­cock or no, with the Tulett broth­ers prov­ing to be two of the best cy­clo-cross riders in the world — not to men­tion very promis­ing on the road — there are echoes of the Yates broth­ers about them. A bright fu­ture for Ben beck­ons.

2 CHAR­LIE TAN­FIELD

Rid­ing sev­eral of the fastest in­di­vid­ual pur­suit times ever will tend to get you no­ticed by the na­tional se­lec­tors. Hav­ing come close to world-record pace (4.12.2) in Minsk in Jan­uary, he was promptly thrown into Great Bri­tain’s squad for the Worlds where he pulled on the rain­bow bands in the team pur­suit. Com­mon­wealth games gold fol­lowed soon af­ter. His year was marred slightly by turn­ing up late to the World Cham­pi­onship time trial, but such is youth.

1 Ethan hayter

In each of the last four Olympic cy­cles the Bri­tish team has pro­duced a ‘flyer’. A young, rel­a­tively un­known rider from one of their academy or ju­nior pro­grammes who bursts from ob­scu­rity into the se­nior pro­gram and steals the show at the Games with medal-win­ning per­for­mances. In 2008 it was Ja­son Kenny. In 2012 Laura Trott, and in Rio it was Katie Archibald. Ja­pan 2020 may see the press laud­ing Ethan Hayter. Last win­ter ru­mours cir­cu­lated in a select part of the Bri­tish pelo­ton that Hayter was get­ting bored on the Academy. The train­ing wasn’t test­ing

him enough. Luck­ily for him then sev­eral se­nior riders were struck down with ill­ness. Coaches needed more riders for their TP (team pur­suit) ses­sions and Hayter was parachuted in. Rid­ing on bet­ter kit (Academy riders don’t get ac­cess to the top equip­ment) Hayter’s times in­stantly im­proved and in Jan­uary he was se­lected for the se­nior Worlds. With a pool of eight riders to choose from,se­lec­tion alone was achieve­ment enough. He then pulled out a re­mark­able ride, an­chor­ing the Bri­tish team to their first TP ti­tle since 2012, with one of the fastest times recorded by the Brits. Team pur­suit line-ups have tra­di­tion­ally used ex­pe­ri­enced road men to an­chor a team. Riders like Bradley Wig­gins and Geraint Thomas who have mul­ti­ple Grand Tours in their legs. In Apel­doorn, 19-year-old Hayter rode the fi­nal three laps on the front steadily ac­cel­er­at­ing all the way to the line. The ma­tu­rity of the per­for­mance was prob­a­bly more fear­less­ness, a trait he has shown ever since turn­ing up to ride with Herne Hill-based VC Lon­dres, where he still at­tends the club run when back in Lon­don.

Ian Cook, Bri­tish Cy­cling and for­mer VC Lon­dres coach

“He was al­ways qui­etly con­fi­dent and would al­ways com­pletely nail him­self. He wasn’t wor­ried what other peo­ple thought of him, so while he made a lot of mis­takes, it never threw him or set him back.”

roberts: stock­ton GP suc­cess

Wil­liams: break­through year

Tan­field: al­ready in rain­bow

Tul­let rev­els in the rough stuff

Hayter (far right): Olympic hope­ful

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