Cycling: Blythe doing it his way to reach the top

Adam Blythe. Pic: BMC/Tim De Waele
Adam Blythe. Pic: BMC/Tim De Waele
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Life is pretty good for Sheffield cyclist Adam Blythe right now.

Aged just 23 he considers Monaco as his home, he rides for one of the world’s top teams and he’s had an excellent start to the Giro d’Italia - the second most prestigious race after the Tour de France.

A seventh placed finish in the Giro’s opening stage on Saturday around the streets of Naples behind sprint king Mark Cavendish was followed by a middle of the pack result for BMC Racing in the 17.4 kilometre team-time-trial yesterday on the island of Ischia.

It’s still early days in the 21 stage Grand Tour, but Blythe, from Dronfield, has had a solid start. He told The Star he’s excited about the challenge of the Giro: “It’s a really good race to be part of.

“To be on your bike everyday in Italy can’t be bad. There’s some tough mountain stages but there’s some sprint opportunities too.”

Blythe, who describes himself as a “fast finisher, who is trying to get quicker” has reached the top level despite leaving the vaunted British Cycling programme. He said: “It’s good to show that there are different routes you can take.

“If you’re good enough and work hard enough you can make it as a professional. All I have ever wanted to do is ride my bike - it’s pretty simple.”

Bradley Wiggins’ Team Sky won the team-time-trial yesterday, which put his colleague Salvatore Puccio into the race leader’s Maglia Rosa (pink jersey). Today’s stage is 212km from Sorrento to Marina di Ascea.

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