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Ceredigion’s Josh Tarling and Stevie Williams on the Paris Olympic team

TWO Ceredigion cyclists are among the first 20 cyclists named by the British Olympic Association (BOA) to represent Team GB at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

Josh Tarling and Stevie Williams are having excellent seasons and have been rewarded with the opportunity to make their Olympic debut.

Capel Dewi’s Williams, who overcame a nearly career-ending injury early in his professional career, is known for his resilience and astute tactical race knowledge.

The 28-year-old, who will take to the men’s road, has had a remarkable career, including a stage win in the 2022 Tour of Switzerland and strong performances in several UCI World Tour events.

Tour Down Under 2024 - 24th edition - 6th stage Unley - Mount Lofty 128.2 km - 21/01/2024 - Stephen Williams (GBR - Israel - Premier Tech) - Isaac Del Toro (MEX - UAE Team Emirates) - photo Kei Tsuji /SprintCyclingAgency©2024

Stevie Williams won the Tour Down Under (SprintCyclingAgency)

His real quality was clearly reflected: in January he won the Tour Down Under and in April the iconic Flèche Wallonne.

The course at the 2024 Olympic Games suits his spirited character, especially on the short, sharp climbs of Paris city center, making him a formidable competitor when the race comes down to the wire.

The Israel-Premier Tech rider said: “I have always said that I am so proud to be from Wales and to be a Welsh-speaking Welshman.

“It is very special to see that Welsh dragon flag falling in the sky while racing and all the kind words I receive from people in Aberystwyth and Wales.”

Stevie Williams celebrates his monumental victory in the Flèche Wallonne

Stevie Williams celebrates his monumental victory in the La Flèche Wallone (Israel – Premier Tech / Sprint Cycling)

Williams, who was named in IPT’s Tour de France contingent last week, added that Ffosyffin’s Josh Tarling joined the Olympic squad: “Personally it’s great. I’ve been watching the Olympics since I was a little boy.

“Going to Paris next month will be a dream come true and then half of the (road race) team will be from Ceredigion, which is also very special.”

Tarling’s impressive performances in recent competitions have earned him a place in the men’s road and time trial events.

His most notable win was last week’s British National Time Trial Championships. This shows that he is in top form and that he is a strong contender for the games in Paris 2024.

Photo Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com - 19/06/2024 - Road Cycling - British Cycling 2024 Lloyds Bank National Individual Time Trial Championships - Elite and U23 Men - Catterick, North Yorkshire - Podium, Elite Men - Joshua Tarling, Ineos Grenadiers, Max Walker, Astana Qazaqstan Development Team and Ethan Vernon, Israel - Premier Tech

Josh Tarling (centre) on the podium with Max Walker and Ethan Vernon after his success at the British National Time Trial Championships (Photo: SWpix.com) ( )

The 20-year-old Ineos Grenadiers rider has proven himself as the best in the world as a junior, going on to win medals at the Elite Worlds and even become European champion. He’s an interesting athlete to watch.

He will be the one other world class time trialists will want to beat as he is chosen for the road race. Its powerful engine will be crucial on the challenging course around Paris.

Josh’s father Michael posted on Facebook: “The fairytale continues. Incredibly proud that Josh has been selected for the time trial and road race at the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris.

“From go-ride sessions around car parks with West Wales Cycle Racing to the biggest stage of them all is incredible.

“So many people have helped him (and us) so far and he always surprises us.”