At one time Britain was lucky to have one or two Continental pros fighting at the pointy end of the top races. Now there is a list of Grand Tour winners and a queue of riders in the wings. Ed Hood has listed his twelve 'young guns' to watch in 2021.
Rider Interview: Ed Hood caught up with his Scottish countryman, Stuart Balfour after a strong 2019 season that saw him cut his teeth on events all over Europe - The Baby Giro, Tour de L’Avenir, Tour de Bretagne, Peace Race and the Worlds, they don't come much bigger than that in the Worlds of the Under 23 rider. Balfour was there, here is his story.
Top Young Guns - The Bakers Dozen: Ed Hood is feeling his age and all these fresh faced riders in the pro peloton are not helping. 2019 has seen a bumper crop of new riders hit the headlines and they haven't wasted any time in making their mark. Ed chooses his top 13 young riders of the year - Sad to say Mathieu Van Der Poel and Wout Van Aert are too old.
Rider Interview: Ed Hood has been keeping his keen eye open for more 'Young Guns' in the peloton. The SEG Racing Academy rider line-up is one of the best places to start and the name Harrison Wood stands out. Ed caught up with the 'Up and Coming' rider form Devon to hear his hopes for 2020.
Rider Interview: With the Vuelta a España about to start, Ed Hood talks to an aspiring young rider who is cutting his teeth with the Spanish ProContinental Burgos-BH team. The team will be on the start line in Torrevieja without Matt Gibson, but he has already had a successful 2019 season. Matt gives Ed the lowdown.
Rider Interview: The stagieire's for the end of 2019 are being announced and young Anglo-French rider, Simon Carr, will be in the colours of the Delko-Marseille Provence for the finalé of the season. Ed Hood caught up with the 'Young Gun' on the eve of his big break with the French ProContinental team.
Rider Interview: The World Tour is a glamorous gig; until the team decides they no longer need you and with perfect timing break the news just two days before The Worlds. That was the fate which befell 22 years-old Englishman, James Shaw. Ed Hood caught up with the 'young gun' to hear all about it.
Rider Interview: The older guys are still banging out the wins, but a new, young set is pushing its way into the pro peloton. Ed Hood asks "What next?" The answer could be a young man from Denmark - Andreas Stokbro, the recent winner of the Under 23 Tour of Flanders. Ed had to find out more from the 'young gun'.
Rider Interview: Next up in Ed Hood's 'Young Gun' interviews is a successful young rider from Scotland. Stuart Balfour has been winning big races in France this season from his base in Brittany, north-western France, the land of 'The Badger', Bernard Hinault. Ed gets the low-down...