The young sports stars to watch in 2017 – The Telegraph –

He may be an Olympic gold medallist on the track, having won team pursuit gold at Rio 2016 as part of Sir Bradley Wiggins’ quartet, but Owain Doull is not yet a household name in professional road cycling. That could change in the coming year if the Welshman is given his head at Team Sky.

The 23 year-old has joined the team from Wiggins’ eponymous outfit and has all the attributes to make a successful transition from the track. Although he has largely focused on the track in the last three years, Doull showed great promise in winning the Triptyque des Monts et Chateaux, a prestigious Belgian road race comprising four stages, back in 2014, following in the footsteps of famous road cyclists such as Matthew Hayman, Stijn Devolder, Lars Boom and Tom Dumoulin.

He then won two stages at the Fleche du Sud stage race in Luxembourg in 2015 before finishing third overall at the Aviva Tour of Britain that year, arguably the most impressive result of his professional road career to date. If he is given the opportunity to ride for himself in his first year at Sky, Doull could surprise.

Tom Cary

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