Yanto Barker

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Yanto Barker
Yanto Barker 2015.JPG
Barker in 2015
Personal information
Full nameYanto Barker
Born (1980-01-06) 6 January 1980 (age 38)
Carmarthen, Wales
Height1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight69 kg (152 lb; 10.9 st)
Amateur team(s)
1998Mid Devon Cycling Club
2001–2002VC Roubaix
2003CC Etupes
2003MBK-Oktos-Saint-Quentin (stagiaire)
2009Colnago Team
Professional team(s)
2000Linda McCartney Racing Team
2005–2006Driving Force Logistics
2010–2011Pendragon Sports/Le Col/Colnago Team[1]
2012–2013Team UK Youth
2014Team Raleigh
2015–2016ONE Pro Cycling

Yanto Barker (born 6 January 1980) is a Welsh former professional racing cyclist. Barker was the highest placed Briton in the 2005 Tour of Britain, coming ninth in the general classification.[2]


Born in Carmarthen[3][4] and despite starting racing late at the age of 15, joining the Mid-Devon Cycling Club, Barker was successful in the junior ranks (aged 16–18). Having won the Junior British National Road Race Championships, he was selected to ride the Junior Road Race World Championships where he finished 11th.[5]

When Barker joined the senior ranks at the age of 19, he was selected to represent Britain as part of the National U23 team, and was paid. He moved to Manchester to be closer to the track and the medical & coaching team. He competed in the Under-23 road races at the UCI Road World Championships in 1999, 2001 and 2002, taking his best finish in 2002 when he crossed the line in 12th place.[6]

By 2000, there was less money available for cyclists such as Barker[citation needed] and, following the advice of a coach, he moved to France at the age of 20 to gain experience of continental racing.[4] He represented Wales at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne

He initially retired from professional cycling in 2007, returning to live in Devon but returned to cycling in 2010 to ride for the Pendragon Sports / Le Col / Colnago Team.[7] Barker signed for Team UK Youth for 2012.[8]

In 2013, Barker won the inaugural edition of the 200 km UCS Ipswich and Coastal GP when sprinting clear on an eight-man group containing Mike Northey and Rob Partridge.

It was announced in November 2013 that Barker had signed for Team Raleigh for 2014.[9] After one season with Raleigh Barker was announced as the leader of the new ONE Pro Cycling team for the 2015 season.[10] In September 2016 Barker announced that he would retire at the end of the season.[11]

Personal life[edit]

He lived in Wales as a child but later moved to Devon. He runs his own cycling clothing company called Le Col, which became a co-title sponsor of the Team Wiggins Le Col UCI Continental team for 2019. [12]

Major results[edit]

1st British National Road Race Championships – Junior
2nd Welsh National Road Race Championships
11th Road Race, Junior World Championships
12th Road Race, U23 World Championships
13th Road Race Commonwealth Games
1st Mavic Cup Series (DIV 1, FRA)
2nd Course La Ville, Mavic Cup Serie (DIV 1, FRA)
1st Stage 1, Circuit Des Mines (FRA 2.5)
1st Mavic Cup Series (DIV 1, FRA)
5th GP Rougy, Mavic Cup Series (FRA 1.6 UCI)
1st GP Carelleur
2nd Tour De Franch Compte (4 diwrnod)
4th G.C Nord Isaire (FRA 2.6 UCI)
3rd British National Road Race Championships
1st Surrey 5-day
2nd East Yorkshire Classic
2nd Havant GP (GB 1.2 UCI)
3rd Round of the Surrey League, 'Eastway Classic'/'Taunton Criterium'
4th FBD Insurance Rás (IRE 2.2 UCI)
6th Paris Troyes (FRA 1.2 UCI)
6th Rout Tourangelle (FRA 1.2 UCI)
8th Lincoln International Grand Prix
9th Tour of Britain
3rd East Midlands Classic
3rd East Midlands Classic
4th Overall Tour of Libya
5th, Dumfries Bike Fest Grand Prix[13]
10th GP Al Fatah
4th Hillingdon GP[14]
5th Rutland–Melton International CiCLE Classic
7th Grand Prix de la Ville de Lillers
1st UCS Ipswich and Coastal GP
3rd Perfs Pedal Race[15]
4th Rutland–Melton International CiCLE Classic
Tour Series
1st Rounds 1 & 3
9th Wales Open Criterium[16]
1st Jersey red.svg Overall British Cycling Elite Road Series[17]
4th Ipswich and Coastal Grand Prix[17]
5th Circuit of the Fens[18]
7th Wales Open Criterium[19]
7th Leicester Castle Classic[20]
1st British Cycling Spring Cup[21]
1st Lincoln Grand Prix Spring Cup Elite Series Cycle Race[22]
3rd Tour of the Reservoir[23]
5th Cycle Wiltshire Grand Prix[24]
1st Evesham Vale Road Race[25]
5th Jersey International Road Race[26]
1st Perfs Pedal Race[27]
2nd Grand Prix of Wales[28]
2nd Cycle Wiltshire Grand Prix[29]
2nd Severn Bridge Road Race[30]
4th Overall Totnes-Vire Stage Race[31]
10th Chorley Grand Prix[32]
7th Vuelta a La Rioja


  1. ^ "Team Raleigh ready to go Dutch". Cycling Weekly. 25 February 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  2. ^ "History | 2005". Tour of Britain. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
  3. ^ 2002 Commonwealth Games profile
  4. ^ a b MOTIVATION: Get your kit on BBC Wales
  5. ^ Interview with Shane Stokes, cyclingnews.com 21 September 2005
  6. ^ "Brits in the Under-23 World Road Race 1998-2007". Cycling Weekly. 23 September 2008. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  7. ^ Yanto Barker
  8. ^ Yanto's blog CyclingShorts.uk.com
  9. ^ Wynn, Nigel (11 November 2013). "Yanto Barker joins Team Raleigh for 2014". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 12 November 2013.
  10. ^ Cary, Tom (9 December 2014). "England wicketkeeper Matt Prior launches UCI Continental team ONE Pro Cycling". telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  11. ^ "Boonen and Kittel headline Etixx-QuickStep at Brussels Cycling Classic and GP de Fourmies - News Shorts". cyclingnews.com. 3 September 2016. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  12. ^ "Team Wiggins add Le Col as co-title sponsor for 2019". Cycling News. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  13. ^ "Downing takes solo win in Dumfries GP Premier Calendar". Cycling Weekly. 31 May 2010. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  14. ^ Whitehouse, Andy (15 May 2011). "Report: 2011 Hillingdon GP". British Cycling. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  15. ^ "Perfs Pedal Road Race". British Cycling. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  16. ^ Whitehouse, Andy (12 July 2013). "Road: Northey wins round three of Elite Circuit Race Series". British Cycling. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  17. ^ a b "Elite Road Series victory for Yanto Barker caps successful weekend for Raleigh-GAC". Team Raleigh-GAC. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 6 September 2014.
  18. ^ Whitehouse, Andy (27 July 2014). "Adam Blythe (NFTO Pro Cycling) wins the 2014 Vericool for Schools Circuit of the Fens". British Cycling. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  19. ^ Whitehouse, Andy (30 July 2014). "Graham Briggs (Rapha Condor) wins Wales Open Criterium, while Alex Blain (Team Raleigh) wins overall series". British Cycling. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  20. ^ Swarbrick, Guy (17 August 2014). "NFTO Pro Cycling's Jon Mould takes 2014 Leicester Castle Classic victory". British Cycling. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  21. ^ "Yanto Barker wins Lincoln Grand Prix". Cycling Weekly. 11 May 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
  22. ^ "Report – Lincoln Grand Prix". 11 May 2014.
  23. ^ "Report – Tour of the Reservoir Day 2". VeloUK. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  24. ^ Swarbrick, Guy (27 April 2014). "Bialoblocki wins 2014 Cycle Wiltshire Grand Prix". British Cycling. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  25. ^ "Yanto Barker wins Evesham Vale Road Race". Cycling Weekly. IPC Media. 16 March 2014. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  26. ^ "Blythe wins Pearl Izumi Jersey International Road Race". Tour Series. 15 June 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  27. ^ "Perfs Pedal Race". British Cycling. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  28. ^ "Grand Prix of Wales 2015". British Cycling. 9 August 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  29. ^ "Tennant wins Cycle Wiltshire Grand Prix". British Cycling. 10 May 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  30. ^ "43rd Severn Bridge - BW Cycling Road Race". British Cycling. 1 March 2015. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  31. ^ "Totnes-Vire Stage Race". British Cycling. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  32. ^ "Ian Bibby wins Chorley Grand Prix". Cycling Weekly. 4 April 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2015.

External links[edit]

Media related to Yanto Barker at Wikimedia Commons