The Yorkshire Evening Post is delighted to announce the signing of Leeds cyclist Josh Edmondson as our Tour de France columnist.
Josh joins our team as we continue building up to the arrival of the greatest free-for-all event in the world of sport which comes to the city in July.
The Team Sky rider has a chance of making the powerful British squad’s nine-man roster for the world’s biggest bike race which begins here in Leeds on July 5.
Team Sky is the most high-profile team in world cycling right now, having produced the last two winners of the Tour de France in Sir Bradley Wiggins and defending champion Chris Froome.
And no-one knows the roads on which the greatest cyclists in the world will ride on July 5 and 6 better than Josh, who grew up training on the roads north of Leeds. He still rides up through Ilkley and into the North Yorkshire Moors regularly.
In his monthly column which begins in today’s sports pages on 38 and 39, the 21-year-old will take us on his journey as he bids to place himself on the start line for the Tour de France and how this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity inspires him to ride that extra mile every single day.
Josh is currently in his second season with Team Sky having joined the outfit after Wiggins’s Tour victory in 2012. He was fourth at the junior world road race championships in 2010, announcing himself on a global level as a rider of some potential. He rode for an Italian team as a teenager and in 2012 he caught the attention when he went on the attack in one of the primary stages of the Tour of Britain.
That earned him his Sky contract, and from there he went from strength to strength, earning top-10 finishes in stages of the Volta ao Algarve, the USA Pro Challenge and the Japan Cup in his first year of a neo-pro contract.
He also represented Great Britain when he supported Mark Cavendish and Froome at last year’s world road race championships. His bid to get into this year’s Tour team begins in Mallorca and over the coming months, Josh will share with us the stories from the world of cycling, the triumph and the despair and the pain he is putting himself through to achieve his goal.