Further Personal Information
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||He began cycling for fun at the age of 11, doing skills sessions in and out of cones in Milton Keynes, England.
|Why this sport?
||He got into cycling through an interest in triathlon. The bike leg was his strongest aspect, and bit-by-bit he dropped the swimming and running.
|Club / Team
||Team Sky: Great Britain
|Name of coach
||Rod Ellingworth [national], GBR
||Yogi (ianstannard.com, 08 Apr 2016)
|Most influential person in career
||The coach at his first cycling club, Bob Varney. (ianstannard.com, 08 Apr 2016)
|Hero / Idol
||Belgian road cyclist Johan Museeuw. (teamsky.comm 15 Jan 2016)
||In September 2014 he broke his left wrist in a crash on the first stage of the 2014 Tour of Britain, putting an end to an injury-plagued season. (skysports.com, 08 Sep 2014)
In March 2014 he fractured a vertebra in his back after crashing during Gent-Wevelgem, ruling him out of the rest of the classics season. He had hoped to be back fully fit for the Tour de France in July, however the injury did not heal sufficiently and he was forced to miss the race. He made his return to competitive cycling at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, in July 2014. (bbc.co.uk, 31 Mar 2014; cyclingweekly.co.uk, 22 May 2014; ianstannard.com, 08 Apr 2016)
In late 2011 he damaged his knee in a fall while walking his dog. (velouk.net, 30 Jan 2012)
|Sporting philosophy / motto
||"I'm a bit of a classics type of rider. Some people think I'm mad but I will take the wind, cobbles and rain over sunshine and smooth tarmac any day." (cyclingweekly.co.uk, 03 Dec 2007; ianstannard.com, 20 Jan 2012)
|Awards and honours
||He received the Sport Milton Keynes Sports Personality of the Year award for 2011. (velouk.net, 21 Mar 2012)
||To win Paris-Roubaix. (pelotonmagazine.com, 06 Mar 2015)
In March 2014 he became the first British winner of the Belgian one-day semi-classic Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. (skysports.com, 02 Mar 2013)