Cycling: Wakefield rider Ollie Wood named in Great Britain team to compete in Paris-Roubaix Juniors road race

GB CALL: Ollie Wood has been named in the Great Britain team to ride in the Paris-Roubaix Juniors road race
GB CALL: Ollie Wood has been named in the Great Britain team to ride in the Paris-Roubaix Juniors road race

Wakefield cyclist Ollie Wood has been named in Great Britain’s six-man team to compete in the famous Paris-Roubaix Juniors road race next month.

The Wrenthorpe rider competed in the gruelling 128.3km race for the first time last year and this year’s event, on Sunday, April 7, will mark the start of the 2013 UCI Juniors’ Nations Cup.

WThe 17-year-old is one of six British Cycling Olympic Development Programme athletes who will compete in the 11th edition of the race.

He will join fellow second year juniors Tao Geoghegan Hart, Jake Ragan, Chris Lawless and Scott Davies, as well as first year rider Matt Gibson, in the Great Britain squad.

The race attracts the best young cyclists from around the world and track cycling champion and Olympic gold medalist Geraint Thomas won the event in 2004 with Ian Stannard backing him up in second.

Last year Jonathan Dibben, now on British Cycling’s Academy programme, recorded an impressive third-place finish.

Wood will be targeting an improved campaign in the UCI Juniors’ Nations Cup in 2013 after seeing his road season cut short last year following a crash in the Tour of Istria.

The Outwood Grange Academy student enjoyed an impressive track season over the winter months, going wheel-to-wheel with some of the best senior riders in the world, and will look to continue that on the road in France.

The event, which has been part of the UCI Juniors’ Nations Cup programme since 2008, begins the series which will determine the number of places Great Britain qualify in the junior category for September’s UCI Junior Road Race Championships.

Great Britain team for Paris-Roubaix Juniors: Tao Geoghegan Hart, Matt Gibson, Jake Ragan, Chris Lawless, Scott Davies, Oliver Wood.

See Friday’s Wakefield Express for more on Wood’s Great Britain selection.