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‘I’d much rather be here than be a stock broker’: The highs, lows and plateaus with James Knox

The last time James Knox and I sat down in a nondescript Calpe hotel conference room in January 2020 the world was a very different…

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The last time James Knox and I sat down in a nondescript Calpe hotel conference room in January 2020 the world was a very different place.

The Brit admits he sort of floated through the pandemic. Sure, the first six weeks as lockdowns unfolded were tough. He doesn’t ride on a turbo trainer and had to correct some of the lifestyle blips brought on by being on your own in an apartment building far away from family and friends while the world as we all knew it crumbled before our eyes.

Knox had bought a car in Andorra, where he lived, just before lockdown, but couldn’t get it insured immediately. Once he could, and was permitted to leave his apartment, he made a dash back to the UK. In between then and now, of course, there’s been some bike racing too. A top 10 overall at Tirreno-Adriatico in 2020 followed up by 14th at the Giro d’Italia before a self-described “disappointing” 2021 where he had some hard moments. If you’re the sort of person only interested in cold, hard, uncaring facts, then that’s the nuts and bolts update of what’s going on with James Knox the bike racer.

But life is about nuance, and for someone as articulate and curious as the 26-year-old can provide more than broad brushstrokes of tangible happenstance.

Two years ago, Knox’s eyes lit up at talk of the future, about potential victories in the biggest races on the calendar. But that was then, and two years on most […]

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