A talent on the rise, neo-pro Josh Edmondson has quickly gained a reputation for his climbing prowess with a string of impressive results already under his belt. Two years living and competing in Italy for Team Colpack saw the Yorkshireman develop by taking on a tough programme of races.
Edmondson shot to prominence with a superb attacking performance at the Tour of Britain in 2012, routinely making the front selection and showing the promise which saw him net an under-23 podium at the British National Road Race Championships. The youngster will be looking to hone his skills as he makes the step up to WorldTour level for 2013.
Q & A
Who inspired you to start cycling?My family have always done it. My elder brother took it up and I followed him.
First bike:A Nigel Dean steel bike with downtube levers.
First cycling club:Leeds Mercury
Childhood hero:I admired Miguel Indurain, Fausto Coppi and Eddy Merckx, other sportsmen like Muhammed Ali.
What do you love most about cycling?It's one big community - a small world where everyone knows each other.
What has cycling taught you?It's a way of life and you start learning the intricacies from an early age.
Previous teams:2010 Motorpoint-Marshalls Pasta; 2011-12 Team Colpack
Favourite race:The World Championships
Favourite ride:In the Yorkshire Dales to Burnsall.
If you weren't a rider, what would you be?I have no idea!
Interests away from cycling:I like to keep up to date with boxing and I like drinking coffee.
Favourite music:Keith Richards, The Libertines and Pete Doherty.
Favourite food:Probably chicken. I eat a lot of it.
Most famous person you've met:Alistair Brownlee
Most embarrassing moment:I've been lucky up to this point.
Best advice:Keep going and things could happen. Turning pro happened to me unexpectedly.
Junior World Road Race Championships - 4th; Isle of Man Youth Tour - 1st overall and 1st on stage two
Toscana Terra di Ciclismo - 15th overall
British National under-23 Road Race Championships - 3rd; Giro Ciclistico della Valle d'Aosta Mont Blanc - 10th overall; Tour of Britain - 16th overall.