Adam Blythe

Adam Blythe

Blythe in 2016
Personal information
Full name Adam Michael Blythe
Nickname Tyrone[1]
Born (1989-10-01) 1 October 1989
Sheffield, England
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Weight 68 kg (150 lb; 10.7 st)[1]
Team information
Current team Tinkoff
Discipline Road and track
Role Rider
Rider type Sprinter
Amateur team(s)
? Sheffield Phoenix
2007 ScienceinSport–Trek
2008 Pinarello
2008 Wielerclub Des Sprinters Malderen
2008 Team Konica Minolta–Bizhub
2009 DAVO
2009 Silence–Lotto (stagiaire)
Professional team(s)
2010–2011 Omega Pharma–Lotto
2012–2013 BMC Racing Team[2]
2014 NFTO
2015 Orica–GreenEDGE
2016 Tinkoff
2017– Aqua Blue Sport
Major wins

One-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (2016)
London–Surrey Classic (2014)
Infobox last updated on
27 November 2016

Adam Michael Blythe (born 1 October 1989) is an English professional road and track racing cyclist who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Tinkoff. Blythe began racing at a young age and went on to become a member of British Cycling's Olympic Development Programme.


Amateur career

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.

Blythe became Derbyshire's Junior Sportsman of the Year in the East Midlands Sports Personality of the Year Awards, 2005.[3]

Blythe left the Academy by mutual consent in February 2008, and went to race in Belgium.[4] 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.[5]

Professional career

Blythe returned to Belgium to ride for the DAVO squad in 2009, under the tutelage of Kurt Van De Wouwer, a former professional.[6] He had joined pro-tour team Silence–Lotto as a trainee in July 2009,[7] 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.[8][9]

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.[10]

In 2014 Blythe rode for the newly formed British NFTO team.[11] After a very successful year competing on the British domestic scene, Blythe joined Australian team Orica-GreenEDGE for the 2015 season.[12] After one season there in August 2015 it was announced that Blythe would be moving to Tinkoff for the 2016 season, where he will be reunited with directeur sportif Sean Yates, who worked with Blythe during his time with NFTO.[13] He currently lives in Monaco.[14]

With Tinkoff folding at the end of 2016, Blythe will join the Aqua Blue Sport squad for its inaugural season in 2017.[15]

Career achievements



3rd National Criterium Championships
1st Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne Juniores
1st Overall Axel Three-day
1st Sprints classification
1st Points classification
1st Combination classification
1st Stages 1 & 4
Tour of Hong Kong Shanghai
1st Stages 2 & 3b
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
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[16]
1st Ipswich and Coastal Grand Prix[17]
1st Circuit of the Fens[18]
1st Jersey International Road Race[19]
2nd Jock Wadley Memorial Road Race[20]
2nd Beverley Grand Prix[21]
2nd Sheffield Grand Prix[22]
3rd Beaumont Trophy
6th Rutland–Melton International CiCLE Classic
2nd Stafford GP
3rd Overall Tour de Korea
6th National Road Race Championships
1st National Road Race Championships

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Pink jersey Giro WD WD - 167 -
Yellow jersey Tour - - - - -
red jersey Vuelta - - - - -

WD = Withdrew; In Progress = IP


  1. 1 2 3 "Team ScienceinSport-Trek Riders 2007".
  2. 1 2 Wynn, Nigel (28 September 2011). "Blythe signs to BMC Racing". Cycling Weekly. IPC Media Limited. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  3. "Dame Ellen is East Midlands Sports Personality of the Year". Sport England.
  4. "Blythe Leaves Academy Programme". Cycling Weekly. 25 February 2008.
  5. "CTT Back Adam Blythe". CTT. 2008.
  6. Andrew Canning (2009). "ADAM BLYTHE: RIDER PROFILE". Cycling Weekly.
  7. Andy McGrath (21 July 2009). "Adam Blythe earns stagiare position at Silence-Lotto". Cycling Weekly.
  8. Richard Tyler (7 September 2009). "Blythe joins Silence-Lotto for two years". Cycling News.
  9. Nigel Wynn (7 September 2009). "Blythe wins French race, gets pro deal with Silence-Lotto". Cycling Weekly.
  10. Lee Walker (2 October 2012). "Blythe wins Binche-Tournai-Binche". Yahoo! Sports. Yahoo! and Eurosport. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  11. Daniel Benson (27 October 2013). "Blythe Out Of BMC And Signs For NFTO". Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  12. Nick Bull (9 September 2014). "Adam Blythe to join Orica-GreenEdge". Cycling Weekly. IPC Media Sports & Leisure network. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  13. "Adam Blythe to join Tinkoff-Saxo from Orica-GreenEdge for 2016 season". 25 August 2015. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  14. "Adam Blythe parts ways with BMC Racing". Cycling Weekly. IPC Media. 23 October 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  15. 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.
  16. Whitehouse, Andy (2 July 2014). "Blythe victorious in Property Development Otley Grand Prix". British Cycling. Retrieved 17 July 2014.
  17. Williams, Huw (31 August 2014). "Yanto Barker takes British Cycling Elite Road Series title". British Cycling. 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. "Blythe wins Pearl Izumi Jersey International Road Race". Tour Series. 15 June 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  20. "Yorkshire riders on top at home and abroad". Yorkshire Post. 14 April 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  21. Swarbrick, Guy (18 July 2014). "Mike Northey (Madison Genesis) wins latest round of the 2014 British Cycling Elite Circuit Series". British Cycling. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  22. "Kristian House (Rapha Condor-JLT) wins penultimate round of the 2014 British Cycling Elite Circuit Series". British Cycling. 23 July 2014. Retrieved 4 August 2014.

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