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James McCallum – “This year is about development and mentoring”

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As James McCallum (Rapha Condor Sharp) prepared for the recent Tour of Normandy (won by Europcar’s Jerome Cousin) he took time to talk to VeloVeritas about his hopes for the 2012 season – his sixth as a professional.

McCallum first caught the eye in 2001 when he won the Scottish kilometre championship and over the years he’s built a solid block of track palmares, including omnium silver in 2004 when he finished behind Ben Elliott in the British championship on Meadowbank velodrome and Commonwealth Games scratch bronze in 2006 behind a certain Mark Cavendish.

But latterly he’s flourished as a criterium and road rider, with his finest hour coming in 2007 when he won the British criterium championship and just days later blasted a top quality field to take the Smithfield Nocturne in London.

And despite having the field all over him like a rash in Scottish road races, he’s proved very hard to beat on home roads.