Fellow Hackney tyro Alex Peters has already moved to Sky, and Doull will graduate from Team Wiggins next season after performing duties with Great Britain’s men’s team pursuit squad in Rio this summer. Geoghegan Hart, one suspects, will continue to plot his own course. The Yates brothers have proved at Orica-GreenEDGE that Sky is not the only employer for riders from these shores. In fact, the stock of British riders has never been higher.
“My generation is in a very, very lucky position whereby guys like Cavendish and Sir Bradley Wiggins and even further back, Chris Boardman, have set this trend that British riders are on the whole very professional and consistent with their performance,” says Geoghegan Hart.
We owe a lot to previous generations who forged that reputation [for British riders]
“The landscape has definitely changed in the last few years, just by the sheer number of high performing British pros – men and women. That can now be seen in the fact that British riders are turning pro, but also further down the ladder there are riders being picked up by amateur teams who are enthusiastic to have them. We owe a lot to previous generations who forged that reputation.”
Geoghegan Hart’s reputation is one built on tenets of intensity on the bike and intelligence off it. The British road race championships in Stockton-on-Tees beckon in a month’s time. The competition for the under-23 jersey is likely to be as ferocious as the battle for the senior title. And with both fields run together…well, who knows? A youthful national champion is not beyond the bounds of possibility.