Wrenthorpe cycling ace represents Great Britain in Junior Paris-Roubaix

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WRENTHORPE cycling ace Oliver Wood faces one of the most gruelling tests of his career in the saddle today when he represents Great Britain in the Junior Paris-Roubaix road race.

The 16-year-old was named in Great Britain's six-rider under-18 team, made up from British Cycling's Olympic Development Programme, for the famous classic race today.

It'll test him to the limits against some of the best young cyclists from around Europe and will take part over the last 120km of the same course as the senior race - nicknamed 'The Hell of the North' and the 'Queen of the Classics'.

The Outwood Grange Academy student travelled over to France on Friday and had a look over the 16 cobbled sectors he'll be racing yesterday before hitting the course for today's main event.

Wood, who races for the Lincolnshire-based Sportscover Altura's Haribo Academy, will join Jonathan Dibben, who finished fourth in the same race last year and is tipped for glory this time, Chris Lathem, Harry Tanfield, Tao Geoghegan and Sam Lowe as part of the British team competing. He'll be one of the youngest riders in the event.

Geraint Thomas, in 2004, and Andy Fenn, in 2009, are amongst the British names to have won the prestigious race before.

See this week's Wakefield Express to see how Oliver got on in France.