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Jonathan Bellis – “I want to show that I can do it, not just talk about it”


Jonathan Bellis was one of British Cycling’s brightest lights – until a life threatening scooter crash on September 19th 2009 in his then home of Tuscany.

The versatile man from the Isle of Man spent practically a year in hospital and even then had to return for another operation at the end of 2010. Prior to the accident it looked as if Bellis was headed for the very top.

In 2006 he was a member of the victorious GB team in the European Junior Team Pursuit Championships – a feat he repeated one year later at U23 level. In addition that year he won silver in the World Junior Points Championship and bronze in the World Junior Team Pursuit Championship.

And in 2007 as well as the team pursuit championships he took gold in the European U23 scratch and a magnificent bronze in the World U23 Road Race Championship behind Peter Velits.

The good results carried on in 2008 with two wins in U23 Six Days, Berlin and Copenhagen, and he was third to Peter Kennaugh in the National U23 Road Race Championship.

CSC gave him a stagiaire place for the autumn and he promptly landed three top ten placings in the Tour of Britain, and for 2009 he carried Bjarne Riis’s new colours – Saxo Bank – and a promising debut year ensued in the Pro Tour ranks.