Tour de France: Rider profile - Josh Edmondson

Take a look at one of Yorkshire’s hopefuls for a place on the start line of the Tour de France in his home county - Josh Edmondson.

Yorkshire’s hopefuls

Name: Josh Edmondson

Born: Leeds

Age: 21

Team: Team Sky

Honours: 2010 finished fourth in junior world road race championships; 2013 supported Mark Cavendish in British team at world road race championships.

He says: “I certainly think I could do make the team this year, but it’s going to be tough.

“I have to really prove myself at the start of this year, from December really in the camps, I have to start impressing.

“I’m still learning and have a lot of learning to do. I’ve already changed a lot as a rider throughout my first year.

“In the amateurs I was good at each aspect. In my first year with Sky I learned how to handle a race better and my climbing has come on because it had to. When they go in a pro race, they go so much faster.

“I went from being in the top few in the amateur ranks to just hanging on.

“Towards the end of 2013 I felt as though I could contribute more, where I could attack at points.

“Sometimes I think I’m only 21 and I’ve got time on my side.

“But then I see guys like Nairo Quintana and I think, well, maybe I haven’t got time to waste.”