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Phil Riley has worked with Team Sky over the last three seasons and will continue in his part-time role throughout 2014.

Riley qualified from the University of Manchester in 1984 and after a three-year spell on the Isle of Man, he spent the next two decades working in general practice in Stockport.

It was on the island where Riley got his first taste for working in sport when he became part of the medical team at the annual TT motorcycling event, and once he'd moved back onto the mainland his interest in sports medicine developed after covering games for Manchester United's reserve and academy teams.

He started working for the England U18s rugby team whilst studying for his sports medicine diploma at Bath University, and after gaining that qualification, Riley landed a job at Bolton Wanderers shortly after. He remained at the then-Premier League side for the next two years, working in the academy and occasionally covering first-team games.

Riley left professional football to concentrate on rugby, and he was appointed as the England U20s doctor in 2009, but jumped at the chance to work with Team Sky on a part-time basis when he was offered the post at the end of 2010.

"Being part of such an exciting project and working for a British-based team really appealed to me," he said. "I'm very patriotic, but at the same time, working with staff and riders from all over the world has been a fantastic experience and it's been great to see the team grow to where it is today.

"I've worked for the team for approximately 80 days during the last two seasons but external commitments mean I'll be doing slightly less days in 2014."

When Phil isn't splitting his time between Team Sky and the England U20 team, he teaches a pitch-side trauma course at Twickenham, does clinical sessions at the English Institute of Sport, and continues to do locum general practice.

In his scant spare time, Riley enjoys spending time with his family, has an interest in wine, and now counts cycling among his long list of hobbies.

"I've always followed the Tour de France," he added. "But I've grown into a cycling fan over the last two or three years, and when I'm not watching it on TV I try and get out on a bike whenever I can.

"I also play a bit of golf and follow rugby. I've got a season ticket at Manchester United, so sport is very much a passion, as well as a profession."

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