As it’s early days, I’m making an early prediction on this one, Adam Blythe. Notoriously described as one of the best bike handlers in the business while riding on the ragged edge, this boy’s break year I anticipate is 2013. He’s only 23, but has gone through one hell of a introduction to bike racing, on the BC plan, then off the BC plan in 2008 “by mutual consent” to make his own way in Belgium, with the help of the legendary Tim Harris. Adam Blythe has got a very good mix of BC science & old school hardman, combined with being a Sheffield lad & the Tour starting in Sheffield in 2014, his motivation is going to be sky high, Sky beating high!
So multi British medalist on the track, to the BC ‘plan’, then on to three semi pro Belgian teams, which got him a 2009 place as a ‘Stagiaire’ in the Silence Lotto team, this secured a contract with Omega Pharma Lotto in 2010, wining the Circuit Franco-Belge, then moving onto BMC Racing Team and has been noted by Phillipe Gilbert on twitter as being a noted talent. Backed up by a rider as classy as Steve Cummings, Blythe can take Cav , or anybody in a sprint at the end of a tough race, and remember this will be a tough race, as Sky are in no danger of letting their former sprinter get to the end of this in the front group. No doubt Lizzie will be shouting along the sidelines too, so get yourselves to Glasgow and cheer on what looks like being an incredible race, right on our doorstep.
Adam Blythe, 2013 British Road Race champion, you heard it here first.