Adam Blythe

Adam Michael Blythe (born 1 October 1989) is an English former professional road and track racing cyclist, who competed professionally between 2010 and 2019 for the BMC Racing Team, NFTO, Orica–GreenEDGE, Tinkoff, Aqua Blue Sport and Lotto–Soudal teams.[4] Blythe began racing at a young age and went on to become a member of British Cycling's Olympic Development Programme.

Adam Blythe
Adam Blythe 2016.jpg
Blythe in 2016
Personal information
Full nameAdam Michael Blythe
Born (1989-10-01) 1 October 1989 (age 31)
Sheffield, England
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Weight68 kg (150 lb; 10.7 st)[1]
Team information
Current teamRetired
  • Road
  • Track
Rider type
  • Sprinter
  • Puncheur
Amateur teams
?Sheffield Phoenix
2008Wielerclub Des Sprinters Malderen
2008Team Konica Minolta–Bizhub
2009Silence–Lotto (stagiaire)
Professional teams
2010–2011Omega Pharma–Lotto
2012–2013BMC Racing Team[2]
2017–2018Aqua Blue Sport[3]
Major wins
One-day races and Classics
National Road Race Championships (2016)
London–Surrey Classic (2014)

Amateur careerEdit

Born in Sheffield, Blythe began cycling at a young age with the Sheffield Phoenix club. Cycling was a family activity, his sister Kimberley Blythe was also fairly successful as a young rider.[citation needed]

Blythe became Derbyshire's Junior Sportsman of the Year in the East Midlands Sports Personality of the Year Awards, 2005.[5]

Blythe left British Cycling's Academy Programme by mutual consent in February 2008, and went to race in Belgium.[6] He stayed with the ex-professional cyclist, Tim Harris, in Westmeerbeek, near Antwerp. Blythe was awarded a Cycling Time Trials scholarship to enable him to race on the continent and develop further. He raced for the Wielerclub Des Sprinters Malderen which is a feeder club for a professional team.[7]

Professional careerEdit

Blythe returned to Belgium to ride for the DAVO squad in 2009, under the tutelage of Kurt Van De Wouwer, a former professional.[8] He had joined pro-tour team Silence–Lotto as a trainee in July 2009,[9] it was announced on 7 September 2009 that he had signed a two-year contract with Silence-Lotto in the wake of a string of good results for the team.[10][11]

In 2012, Blythe followed his teammate and close friend Philippe Gilbert to the BMC Racing Team.[2] In October 2012, Blythe sprinted his way to victory in the semi-classic Binche–Tournai–Binche, popping out of his teammate's wheel on a cobbled sector with 700 metres (2,300 ft) to go, edging Adrien Petit (Cofidis) and John Degenkolb of Argos–Shimano.[12]

In 2014 Blythe rode for the newly formed British NFTO team.[13] After a very successful year competing on the British domestic scene, Blythe joined Australian team Orica-GreenEDGE for the 2015 season.[14] After one season there in August 2015 it was announced that Blythe would be moving to Tinkoff for the 2016 season, where he would be reunited with directeur sportif Sean Yates, who worked with Blythe during his time with NFTO.[15]

With Tinkoff folding at the end of 2016, Blythe joined the Aqua Blue Sport squad for its inaugural season in 2017.[16] Following the announcement of Aqua Blue Sport's collapse, in September 2018 Blythe announced that he would return to Lotto–Soudal for the 2019 season, linking up with former Orica–GreenEDGE teammate Caleb Ewan as part of the latter's sprint train, with an additional role as a domestique for the team's classics squad.[17]

In October 2019, Blythe announced that he would retire at the end of the season.[4]


Blythe is “on-site” reporter for NBC Sports coverage of the 2020 Tour de France.[18]

Personal lifeEdit

He currently lives in Bollington, Cheshire, England.[19]

Major resultsEdit

1st   Team pursuit, UEC European Junior Track Championships
National Junior Track Championships
1st   Scratch race
2nd   Points race
2nd   Madison (with Matthew Rowe), National Track Championships
3rd National Criterium Championships
1st   Team pursuit, UEC European Junior Track Championships
1st   Madison (with Luke Rowe), National Championships
1st UIV Cup, Ghent Six-day (with Peter Kennaugh)
1st Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne Juniores
1st Overall Axel Three-day
1st Sprints classification
1st Points classification
1st Combination classification
1st Stages 1 & 4
National Junior Track Championships
2nd   Scratch race
3rd   Points race
6th Paris–Roubaix Juniors
Tour of Hong Kong Shanghai
1st Stages 2 & 3b (ITT)
1st Circuit du Port de Dunkerque
1st Stage 7 Thüringen Rundfahrt der U23
2nd Grote 1-MeiPrijs
5th Antwerpse Havenpijl
1st   Overall Circuit Franco-Belge
1st   Points classification
1st   Young rider classification
1st Stages 1 & 3
1st Nationale Sluitingsprijs
3rd Omloop van het Houtland
4th Grand Prix de Fourmies
4th Schaal Sels
2nd Houtem–Vilvoorde[20]
3rd Overall Ronde van Drenthe
1st   Young rider classification
3rd Grote Prijs Stad Zottegem
7th Overall Tour de Wallonie-Picarde
1st Binche–Tournai–Binche
1st Stage 1 Paris–Corrèze
2nd Omloop van het Houtland
3rd Handzame Classic
4th Grand Prix d'Isbergues
10th Overall Tour of Qatar
4th Overall Tour of Qatar
1st Stage 2 (TTT)
1st   National Criterium Championships
1st RideLondon–Surrey Classic
1st Otley Grand Prix[21]
1st Ipswich and Coastal Grand Prix[22]
1st Circuit of the Fens[23]
1st Jersey International Road Race[24]
2nd   Team pursuit, National Track Championships
2nd Beverley Grand Prix[25]
3rd Beaumont Trophy
6th Rutland–Melton International CiCLE Classic
2nd Stafford GP
3rd Overall Tour de Korea
1st   Road race, National Road Championships
2nd Nokere Koerse
2nd Handzame Classic
4th Ronde van Drenthe
1st Elfstedenronde
2nd Road race, National Road Championships
5th Handzame Classic
7th Ronde van Limburg
9th Three Days of Bruges–De Panne

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
  Giro d'Italia DNF DNF 166
  Tour de France Did not contest during his career
  Vuelta a España 155
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish


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  2. ^ a b Wynn, Nigel (28 September 2011). "Blythe signs to BMC Racing". Cycling Weekly. IPC Media Limited. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  3. ^ "2018 rider roster and first races confirmed". Aqua Blue Sport. Aqua Blue Sport Limited. 1 January 2018. Archived from the original on 5 January 2018. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  4. ^ a b Ballinger, Alex (31 October 2019). "Adam Blythe announces retirement at 30". Cycling Weekly. TI Media. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  5. ^ "Dame Ellen is East Midlands Sports Personality of the Year". Sport England. Archived from the original on 2 December 2008.
  6. ^ "Blythe Leaves Academy Programme". Cycling Weekly. 25 February 2008.
  7. ^ "CTT Back Adam Blythe". CTT. 2008. Archived from the original on 31 May 2008.
  8. ^ Andrew Canning (2009). "ADAM BLYTHE: RIDER PROFILE". Cycling Weekly.
  9. ^ Andy McGrath (21 July 2009). "Adam Blythe earns stagiare position at Silence-Lotto". Cycling Weekly.
  10. ^ Richard Tyler (7 September 2009). "Blythe joins Silence-Lotto for two years". Cycling News.
  11. ^ Nigel Wynn (7 September 2009). "Blythe wins French race, gets pro deal with Silence-Lotto". Cycling Weekly.
  12. ^ Lee Walker (2 October 2012). "Blythe wins Binche-Tournai-Binche". Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! and Eurosport. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  13. ^ Daniel Benson (27 October 2013). "Blythe Out of BMC And Signs For NFTO". Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  14. ^ Nick Bull (9 September 2014). "Adam Blythe to join Orica-GreenEdge". Cycling Weekly. IPC Media Sports & Leisure network. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  15. ^ "Adam Blythe to join Tinkoff-Saxo from Orica-GreenEdge for 2016 season". 25 August 2015. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  16. ^ Marshall-Bell, Chris (24 October 2016). "National champion Adam Blythe signs for Aqua Blue Sport alongside Andy Fenn". Cycling Weekly. Time Inc. UK. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  17. ^ Ballinger, Alex (17 September 2018). "Adam Blythe joins Lotto-Soudal after collapse of Aqua Blue Sport". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  19. ^ "Adam Blythe parts ways with BMC Racing". Cycling Weekly. IPC Media. 23 October 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  20. ^ "Houtem-Vilvoorde (B) Elites /U23". British Cycling. 12 July 2011. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  21. ^ Whitehouse, Andy (2 July 2014). "Blythe victorious in Property Development Otley Grand Prix". British Cycling. Retrieved 17 July 2014.
  22. ^ Williams, Huw (31 August 2014). "Yanto Barker takes British Cycling Elite Road Series title". British Cycling. Retrieved 6 September 2014.
  23. ^ 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.
  24. ^ "Blythe wins Pearl Izumi Jersey International Road Race". Tour Series. 15 June 2014. Archived from the original on 17 November 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  25. ^ Swarbrick, Guy (18 July 2017). "Mike Northey (Madison Genesis) wins latest round of the 2014 British Cycling Elite Circuit Series". British Cycling. Retrieved 25 May 2017.

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