11 September 2000
Ben Healy is one of the best young bike racers of his generation. Born and raised near Birmingham, the 22-year-old is proud of his Irish roots and honored to wear the Bratach na hÉireann skinsuit as Irish national time-trial champion.
This is Ben’s breakout year. After winning the GP Industria & Artigianato and a stage at Coppi e Bartali, he finished second at Brabantse Pijl and second at the Amstel Gold Race. And then he went and won a stage at the Giro d'Italia with a 50-km solo.
Results like that are a testament to his tenacity.
Ben blazed his own way to the pro ranks. He was riding at his local track by the time he was five years old. Growing up, he was there every Sunday morning to train and race. But his first love was mountain biking. That meant hucking himself off the established track for a young bike racer in Britain. Ben dropped out of the academy and decided to go it alone.
Racing mountain bikes and road bikes on smaller teams, he soon had stage wins at the Giro Ciclistico d’Italia and the Ronde de l’Isard to his name, as well as Irish road and time trial championship titles. In 2019, Ben became the youngest ever winner of a stage at the Tour de l’Avenir.
And now, he has shown that he can go toe-to-toe with the best bike racers in the world in the sport’s greatest races.
Ben loves getting in breakaways and surprising his rivals with his daring attacks. He is as aero as anyone in the peloton and is always looking for the latest edge.
Last to go will be his flowing black locks. Away from the races, Ben likes big cities and hanging out with his friends from art school.
He is an explosive climber, who wants to find out what he can do over the course of a grand tour. So does the rest of the world. The only thing that’s for certain is that Ben Healy is going to keep racing his own way.
Question & answer
What's your first cycling memory?
Being down the local track on Sunday mornings doing skills and races
What's your favorite place to ride your bike?
Home roads for me are pretty good, especially with a good group of friends
What is your favorite training session?
Sweet spot with bursts is always good, especially once completed well
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Coffee or tea?