Irishman Felix English is another rider who has shown rapid development in the past two seasons with the Men in Black. After struggling through the Tour Series in 2012, English was a force to be reckoned with in the 2013 series, before he took the biggest win of his career at the prestigious Otley Crit, in June.
While 20 year-old English obviously delighted in the win, for many it was the confirmation of the talent that English had shown as an 18 year-old, when he took the scalp of Chris Hoy. As well as showing great form at home on the criterium circuit, English also put in some impressive performances on the road in 2013, most notably leading the young riders competition in the Tour du Loire et Cher, in France.
Coming into what will be his third year with the team in 2014, English has his sights set on taking a first Tour Series win and continuing to improve in longer road races.
In His Own Words
Felix English’s most memorable race
“My most memorable day on the bike was probably in France last season in the Tour Du Loir et Cher. I had a mediocre start in stages one and two but on the 235km third stage I put in one of my best ever rides to finish 4th.
“The selection was made in the first 10km, in a really tough bit of typical early season crosswind. About fifteen of us went clear and we rode through all day until the finish. Kristian also made the move and he moved up to top 5 on GC, while I took the young riders jersey. It was pretty special, firstly because it was my first decent result of the year- and they are always important, and secondly it was the first time that I had really proved that I could race at that level as a senior, and over that kind of distance. As a rider who has come from a track and criterium kind of background that was an important result for me.”