Ian Bibby: Domestic teams can match WorldTour riders

The NFTO rider beat Team Sky’s Ben Swift and Pete Kennaugh at Sunday’s Manx International.

Ian Bibby: Domestic Teams Can Match WorldTour Riders

Ian Bibby Credit: Andy Jones

Ian Bibby, the winner of the Manx International GP1 on Sunday (April 10), says that the country s top domestic riders can match their Pro Continental and WorldTour companions. The NFTO2 rider soloed to victory in Douglas, Isle of Man, in the second round of the Motorpoint Spring Cup, Team Sky s Ben Swift finishing third behind Madison-Genesis3 Erick Rowsel; island native and reigning national champion Pete Kennaugh trailed home in seventh. Riders in Britain s six Continental squads NFTO, Madison, Raleigh, JLT-Condor, Pedal Heaven and Wiggins4 tend to only race against WorldTour riders at the Tour de Yorkshire5, National Championships, Tour of Britain and Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic.

>>> RideLondon-Surrey Classic one of 21 races to apply for WorldTour status6

So few racing days means that the gulf between the riders is usually significant often exposed at the National Championships but Bibby says that undermining domestic teams is a dangerous tactic.

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When we re racing early season and we re doing all these races, we re at a different level than we are at the Nationals and can threaten more. Doing these races is good for us, the 29-year-old told Cycling Weekly.

At the National Championships a lot of the big pros come back and we ve been racing crits for the previous four or five weeks so our road form is as bad as it was in the winter.

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Because the crit scene (the 10 round Pearl Izumi Tour Series8) is so big here, and because it s televised, it s what we all do. We get paid well to ride our bike and our team needs us doing crits, so we have to do them. The downside is your road form takes a dip around the Nationals but it s one of them things.

That s not to say beating the big pros can t be done, but it s harder. It means they come back from all this racing and we can t get near to them.

But when we re racing road races, like now, we can (get near to them).


  1. ^ the winner of the Manx International GP (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ NFTO (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Madison-Genesis (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ Wiggins (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ Tour de Yorkshire (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ >>> RideLondon-Surrey Classic one of 21 races to apply for WorldTour status (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ >>> British National Road Championships 2016 to be held in Stockton-on-Tees (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  8. ^ the 10 round Pearl Izumi Tour Series (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

‘I refuse to write Cav and Wiggo off in anything’

David Millar backs Mark Cavendish and Sir Bradley Wiggins to come away from the Rio Olympics as champions

‘I Refuse To Write Cav And Wiggo Off In Anything’

Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish win the Madison, Track World Championships 2016

Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish recently joined forces to winning effect at the UCI Track World Championships1, and their former road teammate David Millar2 is backing both of them to be successful at this summer s Olympic Games. The British pair took gold in the Madison3, and Wiggins was part of the silver medal winning pursuit squad4. Unfortunately, the Madison is no longer an Olympic5 sport so the win cannot be repeated once the Games come round. What s more, Sir Brad will not be satisfied with anything other than gold6 in the pursuit.

Cavendish has spoken about how the only thing missing from his palmar s is an Olympic medal. His chances were dashed in Beijing in 2008 when he and Wiggins were unsuccessful in the Madison, a result that reportedly led to a breakdown in their friendship.

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The Manxman is now pinning his hopes on the Omnium, an event he finished sixth in7 at the recent world champs. Millar was road captain when Cavendish became world champion in 2011, and he believes his former teammate s ambitions aren t entirely beyond him.

Even for Cav it seems like a bit of a long shot, judging by his results. But with Cav and Wiggo I refuse to write them off in anything, the multiple Grand Tour stage winner said.

They just seem to be able to set these objectives and do things that you wouldn t think it possible of them. He added: That s the thing about great athletes they do do that; they do things that nobody else believes they can do.

For a sprinter as prolific as Cavendish, recent seasons have seemed disappointing as he has not had the success at big races in particular the Tour de France8 despite his overall tally of wins being pretty healthy. A crash on the opening stage of the 2014 Tour de France9 into Harrogate, Yorkshire, ended his race and in 2015 he could only manage a single stage win. There will be a desire for him to right the wrongs of Beijing 2008 and London 2012 where he was not in a position to contest the sprint in the road race and Millar knows what it will mean to Cavendish to be successful, or not, in what will surely be his last Olympics.

I hope he does win gold because I know what Cav s like and I think even if he ends up winning like 30 stages of the Tour over his career or whatever, if he hasn t got that gold medal there s going to be a little thing that s going to niggle him for the rest of his life.

I d never write him off. Fingers crossed.

David Millar is an ambassador for Maserati GB, the title sponsor of the Tour de Yorkshire Ride.

Visit yorkshire.com/tour-de-yorkshire/sportive10

The sportive takes place as part of the Tour de Yorkshire, which runs from Friday April 29 to Sunday May 1.


  1. ^ UCI Track World Championships (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ David Millar (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ took gold in the Madison (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ silver medal winning pursuit squad (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ Olympic (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ will not be satisfied with anything other than gold (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ an event he finished sixth in (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  8. ^ Tour de France (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  9. ^ 2014 Tour de France (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  10. ^ yorkshire.com/tour-de-yorkshire/sportive (letour.yorkshire.com)