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Posted in Uncategorized by lagazzettadellabici on June 18, 2009

Having watched all of the TOUR SERIES races on TV what I have enjoyed the most is watching Malcolm Elliot race. I thought I’d post a little tribute. I’ve only included old photos as i reckon he looks much cooler then. See him race on TV Wednesday and Fridays ITV4 7pm

Malcolm Elliott (born 1 July 1961 in Sheffield, England) is an English professional cyclist, whose professional career has lasted from 1984 to 1997 when he retired and then from 2003 up to the present day when he made his comeback in British domestic racing. Known as a sprinter, his career includes two stages and the points jersey in the Vuelta a España, two gold medals in the Commonwealth Games, and winning the amateur Milk Race and its professional version, the Kellogg’s Tour. He rode and finished the Tour de France in 1987 and 1988.

Elliott was brought up in the Wadsley area of Sheffield. His joined Rutland Cycling Club in Sheffield at 15 where he was selected for the British team for the world junior championship in Argentina in 1979. He raced for the UV Aube cycling club in Troyes, France, for part of 1980 season to gain experience of racing on the continent before being selected for the British team pursuit at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. He, Sean Yates and Tony Doyle finished fifth. Elliott’s breakthrough came at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane where he took gold medals in the road race and the team time trial.

Professional career
1983 was Elliott’s final year as an amateur and he took six stages of the Milk Race before turning professional with Raleigh-Weinmann in 1984. Further domestic success followed in 1984 and 1985 before switching to the ANC-Halfords Cycling Team in 1986. ANC-Halfords raced on the continent as well as in Britain. Elliott finished third in the 1987 Amstel Gold Race. The team received an invitation to the 1987 Tour de France with Elliott finishing 94th overall and third on the stage into Bordeaux.
In 1988 Elliott joined the Fagor team, led by Stephen Roche. Elliott took his first stage in the Vuelta a España that year and another one in 1989, by which time he had switched to the Spanish Teka team. He rode in Europe until the end of the 1992 when he signed for the American team, Chevrolet-LA Sheriffs. Elliott had four for Chevrolet, winning the First Union Grand Prix and the Redlands Classic and taking a stage in the Tour DuPont. In 1997 he moved to Comptel-Colorado Cyclist but the team hit financial trouble. That led Elliott to retire at the end of 1997 aged 36.

Comeback
Elliott returned at the start of 2003 at 42. Riding as an individual for the Pinarello-Assos squad (set up by his former manager at ANC-Halfords, Phil Griffiths), he won in the Havant International GP and stages in the Irish Milk Ras. For 2006 Elliott signed for Plowman Craven team and won the National Elite Circuit Series. On 24 August 2006 in St. Johann, Austria, he became UCI road masters world champion. He still races at the age of god knows what for CANDI TV MARSHALLS PASTA.

A cycling hero of the best type.

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