Ian Stannard, one of three young Britons riding in T-Mobile’s emerging talent programme, wins a top
Ian Stannard, one of the three young British riders who are part of T-Mobile’s emerging talent programme, won a major junior event in Belgium last Sunday. The 17 year old from Milton Keynes won the junior version of the Ghent-Ypres semi-classic, contested in cold, windy conditions. According to the T-Mobile website, Stannard was one of 21 riders who broke free going over the first climb. Despite being heavily out-numbered by other teams in the break, Stannard proved too strong for everyone and soloed to victory in the 78km race. “I just kept attacking, got clear and then rode hard to the finish. I got away just after we got onto the final 9km finishing circuit,” said Stannard. “I’d like to win the Paris-Roubaix for Juniors and then I want a medal at the junior track Worlds in the pursuit. Stannard finished runner-up to fellow T-Mobile emerging talent programme member Geraint Thomas last year. There was also good news on Thomas, who suffered serious injuries in a training crash in Australia last month. Doctors report that the Welshman should be back on his bike within a few weeks.