Owain Doull

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Owain Doull
MBE
2015 UEC Track Elite European Championships 125.JPG
Doull in 2015
Personal information
Born (1993-05-02) 2 May 1993 (age 25)
Cardiff, Wales
Team information
Current teamTeam Sky
DisciplineTrack and road
RoleRider
Rider typeEndurance
Amateur team(s)
2013100% Me
Professional team(s)
2014An Post–Chain Reaction
2015–2016WIGGINS
2016Team Sky (stagiaire)
2017–Team Sky

Owain Doull MBE (born 2 May 1993[1]) is a Welsh road and track cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Team Sky.[2] Doull specialises in the team pursuit on the track, and won a gold medal in the discipline at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro; as a result, he became the first Welsh-speaking athlete to win Olympic gold.[3]

Career history[edit]

Doull at the 2015 Tour of Britain, where he finished third overall and won the Points Classification

Doull was born and raised in Cardiff, Wales[4] where he was educated at Ysgol y Wern and Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf.[5] As a child he was a keen sportsperson and played rugby as a schoolboy as well as cycling for the Maindy Flyers.[6] In 2010 he was selected for the 2011 British Cycling’s Olympic Development Programme, along with fellow Welsh cyclists Amy Roberts and Elinor Barker.[7] Roberts and Barker were also part of the Wales team that entered the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games on the Isle of Man. Doull took two medals at the games, the silver in the Men's road race and bronze alongside Dan Pearson in the Men's team road race. In 2012 Doull completed the Olympic Development Programme and was accepted into the British Cycling Academy Programme.[1]

Doull's first competitive tournament for Great Britain was at the 2013 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Minsk, where he finished fifth in the Scratch race.[1] His first podium finish was at the 2013 UEC European Track Championships in Apeldoorn, where as part of the team pursuit, he took gold along with Steven Burke, Ed Clancy and Andy Tennant.[8]

Doull followed his European victory with success on the world stage when he was part of the team pursuit team to take gold at Manchester in the first leg of the 2013–14 UCI Track Cycling World Cup.[9] Then in December 2013 he won two further medals in the second leg of the World Cup, this time in Aguascalientes, Mexico. He was again part of the team pursuit which took the bronze medal, and then won his first major individual medal when he took gold in the scratch race.[10]

Doull (right) with his Olympic gold medal in 2016

Doull turned professional for the 2014 road season with An Post–Chain Reaction.[11] Doull represented Wales at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, 2014.[12]

In 2015 Doull moved to the new WIGGINS team set up by Bradley Wiggins aiming to prepare British riders for the team pursuit at the 2016 Summer Olympics,[13] rejecting an offer to switch to road racing full-time with Team Europcar.[14] In September 2015, Doull finished third overall at the Tour of Britain, and also won the points classification. In November 2015 Doull confirmed that he would remain at WIGGINS for the 2016 season, whilst in May 2016 it was announced that he would join Team Sky on a two-year deal from 2017.[15] In August 2016, Doull signed on with Team Sky as a stagiaire for the remainder of the season.[16]

Doull was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to cycling.[17] Doull kicked off his 2018 season with an appearance in the Tour Down Under.[18]

Major results[edit]

Road[edit]

2013
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification An Post Rás
4th ZLM Tour
2014
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Le Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux
1st Stage 3
2nd Time trial, National Under–23 Road Championships
4th Ronde Van Vlaanderen Beloften
2015
National Under–23 Road Championships
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Road race
2nd Time trial
Flèche du Sud
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 3 & 4
2nd Overall Le Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
2nd La Côte Picarde
3rd Overall Tour of Britain
1st Jersey blue.svg Points classification
5th Time trial, UCI Road World Under–23 Championships
7th Overall ZLM Tour
10th Overall Tour de Normandie
10th Ronde Van Vlaanderen Beloften
2017
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Team time trial, UCI Road World Championships
7th Overall Tour du Poitou-Charentes
9th Overall Tour of Britain
2018
3rd Road race, National Road Championships
2019
1st Stage 3 Herald Sun Tour
2nd Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
9th Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Owain Doull Biography". British Cycling. britishcycling.org.uk. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  2. ^ "Team Sky". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. Archived from the original on 5 January 2019. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Owain Doull – y Cymro Cymraeg cyntaf i ennill medal aur Olympaidd". golwg360.cymru. 13 August 2016. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Owain Doull: Gold medal 'just feels surreal'". itv.com. 13 August 2016. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Cymro Cymraeg Euraidd y Gemau Olympaidd" [Golden Welsh Speaker at Olympic Games]. bbc.co.uk (in Welsh). 13 August 2016. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Famous Last Words: Owain Doull". cyclingweekly.co.uk. 5 December 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  7. ^ "Welsh riders confirmed as part of the Olympic Development Programme 2011". britishcycling.org.uk. 25 November 2010. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  8. ^ "Welsh cycling star Owain Doull snapped up by Irish team". walesonline.co.uk. 23 October 2010. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  9. ^ "UCI Track Cycling World Cup". tissottiming.com. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  10. ^ "Track Cycling World Cup: Owain Doull wins gold in Mexico". bbc.co.uk. 7 December 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  11. ^ Stokes, Shane (21 October 2013). "Ryan Mullen and Owain Doull sign for An Post Chainreaction Sean Kelly team". VeloNation. VeloNation LLC. Retrieved 18 December 2013.
  12. ^ "Commonwealth Games 2014: Olympic champion Geraint Thomas and world sprint star Becky James head up Welsh cycling team for Glasgow". Wales Online. 9 July 2014.
  13. ^ Fotheringham, William (8 January 2014). "Bradley Wiggins unveils new team to be sponsored by Sky". theguardian.com. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  14. ^ Cary, Tom (2 December 2014). "Owain Doull snubs Europcar and is expected to join Sir Bradley Wiggins' new outfit". telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  15. ^ "Doull signs with Team Sky for 2017-18". CyclingNews.com. 18 May 2016. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  16. ^ "Owain Doull signs for Team Sky | Cyclingnews.com". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  17. ^ "No. 61803". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2016. p. N17.
  18. ^ "Team sky team for Tour down under". Cyclingnews.com. 8 January 2018. Retrieved 8 January 2018.

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