Graham Briggs - pro team Leggero
Briggs is a tough Yorkshireman. He hails from Doncaster. His petite stature is not to be over-looked. He's shown on many occasions that his legs pack a powerful punch in sprints and on undulating ascents. He has spent most of his professional career racing on a Condor. 2015 marked a difficult year for Graham as he battled a mystery illness and fatigue for most of the season.
He recovered and worked hard to be fit and ready for the UCI 1.HC Ride London Classic. He finished 15th overall against World Tour and Pro Continental riders and it was enough to bring him the confidence to take on the best at the Tour of Britain. The eight stage race proved a turning point for Graham, who had – until now – been known as a sprinter.
"Graham is a strong all-rounder. He can climb the sharp stuff, he can go with the moves and he has great technical skills in poor conditions", reassures team manager, John Herety.
"Until 2014, Britain didn't really have many big UCI level races, just the Tour of Britain, but with the Tour of Yorkshire and Ride London Classic attracting big name teams, Graham has been able to perform on a bigger stage and shake that 'just a sprinter title'."
His team issue bike is unusual. He is one of very few in the pro peloton who ride a 46cm frame. The frame isn't a custom size but a stock frame. The handmade processes at Condor means that even carbon frames can been built in a variety of sizes compared with brands that create frames using moulds, who are limited to a handful of sizes.
The Yorkshireman opts for 38cm wide bars with Fizik's super tacky 2.5mm bar tape, offering a mix of comfort and grip.
He sits aloft a Fizik Arione 00 carbon braided saddle and completes the bike with Continental Grand Prix 4000 S II tyres and Mavic Zxellium Elite pedals.