Back in 2012, upon joining British Cycling’s Academy programme, Owain Doull wrote a four-year plan. His goals for 2016? To turn professional and win Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro. Now, with Doull set to join Team Sky after the Games, the Welshman is focussed solely on striking gold in Brazil.
“When I first got accepted onto the Academy, I had to write a four-year plan,” Doull tells RoadCyclingUK. “I got on the programme in 2012 so it was looking ahead to 2016 and I remember writing down that I wanted to turn professional and win Olympic gold. One’s done and hopefully I’ll tick the other off this summer.”
Doull is part of a talented group of up-and-coming British riders which includes the likes of Tao Geoghegan Hart, Jon Dibben, Scott Davies and Alex Peters, and leaves the under-23 ranks with a string of impressive results to his name, not least third overall in the 2015 Tour of Britain.
Those results have earned Doull a two-year contract with Team Sky from 2017 – though he says he will join immediately after the Olympics to “immerse” himself with the team as quickly as possible – but before then, Rio looms large.