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John Tanner – got to be in it to win it

Without doubt one of the best riders the country has ever produced and
almost certainly the most underrated. Tanners career has been one that has never
attracted the recognition it deserved. Consistently ranked the top UK rider, and
with two consecutive National championships now under his belt Tanner is the rider
that has had to earn his Olympic place the hard way .

Hugely popular amongst fellow UK riders due to his relaxed off the bike style and
his hard working aggressive on the bike racing Tanners successive victories at the
National Championships have not only been remarkable for the style of the victories,
but also in both cases for the universal praise and congratulations heaped on Tanner
by the defeated rider; largely in recognition that they all know that Tanner is a
class act that circumstances did not deal the golden hand too.

Curiously overlooked by the Linda Mcartney team and too old for the warped selection
policy of the current WCPU program; Tanner has led the hugely underrated three man
ProVision team to countless victories over the the past two seasons ; with a team
motto of " You’ve got to be in it to win it ". Tanner ,and his teammates
Lovatt and Randle have taken on and destroyed the likes of the 8 man MCartney team
and WCPU Olympic Team etc with their unique do or die racing style that has been
a joy to behold.

But you have to look further back in the palmares of Tanner to see that he can race
at the highest level; his remarkable singlehanded destruction of Bobby Julich and
the Motorola team in the Commonwealth Bank Classic was incredible; but yet again
the victory went largely unnoticed and unheralded in the UK cycling press. A two
up sprint against Gianni Bugno in the Tour of Langkawi was another highlight .

Tanner is now an experieneced rider with young legs; he has fought for his Olympics
place and earned it with style, lets hope the UK cycling establishment finally recognise
the class of Tanner and allow him to ride for the overall, if so dont be surprised
to see Tanner the highest placed UK rider at Sydney .


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