Cycling: Olympian Steel praises Blythe

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OLYMPIC silver medallist from the Athens Games, Bryan Steel, says Sheffield cyclist Adam Blythe is a ‘fantastic rider’ as the 23-year-old prepares to take part in the famous Paris-Roubaix this Sunday.

Blythe is part of BMC Racing’s provisional squad for the Spring Classic, which takes over 250 kilometre of roads from Compiègne to the north-east of Paris to Roubaix on the France-Belgium border.

The race is known for its 52km of cobblestones that the riders have to negotiate en route to the finish at the outdoor Roubaix Velodrome.

Steel, who won a bronze medal at the 2000 Olympics in the team pursuit in Sydney and then the silver four years later as part of the same team as Bradley Wiggins, was speaking at an event organised by Sheffield-based cycling club La Squadra.

He said despite not being part of the British Cycling programme Blythe is one of the best: “The world’s Adam’s oyster at the moment.

“He’s a very good rider, he’s from the same stock as the other local guys such as the Downing (Russ and Dean) brothers and Ben Swift. He’s a fantastic rider and has so much potential.

“British Cycling doesn’t suit everyone and maybe Adam felt it wasn’t right for him.”

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