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Personal information
Full name Adam Michael Blythe
Nickname Tyrone
Born (1989-10-01) 1 October 1989 (age 34)
Sheffield, England
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 68 kg (150 lb; 10.7 st)
Team information
Current team Retired
Role Rider
Rider type
  • Sprinter
  • Puncheur
Major wins
One-day races and Classics
National Road Race Championships (2016)
London–Surrey Classic (2014)

Adam Michael Blythe (born 1 October 1989) is an English former professional road and track racing cyclist, who competed professionally between 2010 and 2019 for the {{{team name-2013}}}, NFTO, Orica–GreenEDGE, {{{team name-2016}}}, Aqua Blue Sport and Lotto–Soudal teams. Blythe began racing at a young age and went on to become a member of British Cycling's Olympic Development Programme.

Amateur career

Born in Sheffield, Blythe began cycling at a young age with the Sheffield Phoenix club. Cycling was a family activity, his sister Kimberley Blythe was also fairly successful as a young rider.

Blythe became Derbyshire's Junior Sportsman of the Year in the East Midlands Sports Personality of the Year Awards, 2005.

Blythe left British Cycling's Academy Programme by mutual consent in February 2008, and went to race in Belgium. He stayed with the ex-professional cyclist, Tim Harris, in Westmeerbeek, near Antwerp. Blythe was awarded a Cycling Time Trials scholarship to enable him to race on the continent and develop further. He raced for the Wielerclub Des Sprinters Malderen which is a feeder club for a professional team. He also received support from the Dave Rayner Fund during his time in Belgium.

Professional career

Blythe returned to Belgium to ride for the DAVO squad in 2009, under the tutelage of Kurt Van De Wouwer, a former professional. He had joined pro-tour team Silence-Lotto as a trainee in July 2009, it was announced on 7 September 2009 that he had signed a two-year contract with Silence-Lotto in the wake of a string of good results for the team.

In 2012, Blythe followed his teammate and close friend Philippe Gilbert to the {{{team name-2012}}}. In October 2012, Blythe sprinted his way to victory in the semi-classic Binche–Tournai–Binche, popping out of his teammate's wheel on a cobbled sector with 700 metres (2,300 ft) to go, edging Adrien Petit ({{{team name-2012}}}) and John Degenkolb of Argos–Shimano.

In 2014, Blythe rode for the newly formed British NFTO team. After a very successful year competing on the British domestic scene, Blythe joined Australian team Orica–GreenEDGE for the 2015 season. After one season there in August 2015 it was announced that Blythe would be moving to {{{team name-2016}}} for the 2016 season, where he would be reunited with directeur sportif Sean Yates, who worked with Blythe during his time with NFTO.

With {{{team name-2016}}} folding at the end of 2016, Blythe joined the Aqua Blue Sport squad for its inaugural season in 2017. Following the announcement of Aqua Blue Sport's collapse, in September 2018 Blythe announced that he would return to Lotto–Soudal for the 2019 season, linking up with former Orica–GreenEDGE teammate Caleb Ewan as part of the latter's sprint train, with an additional role as a domestique for the team's classics squad.

In October 2019, Blythe announced that he would retire at the end of the season.

Post-racing career

Blythe is a pundit for Eurosport's coverage of cycling, having worked part-time in this role on the channel's coverage of the Grand Tours during his final professional season in 2019. He was also "on-site" reporter for NBC Sports' coverage of the 2020 Tour de France, and fulfilled that role again in 2021.

In November 2019, Blythe announced that he was taking up a role with David Millar's cycling clothing brand CHPT3 as a product marketing executive.

Personal life

He currently lives in Bollington, Cheshire, England.

Major results


3rd National Criterium Championships
1st Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne Juniores
1st Overall Driedaagse van Axel
1st Sprints classification
1st Points classification
1st Combination classification
1st Stages 1 & 4
6th Paris–Roubaix Juniors
Tour of Hong Kong Shanghai
1st Stages 2 & 3b
1st Circuit du Port de Dunkerque
1st Stage 7 Thüringen Rundfahrt der U23
2nd Grote 1-MeiPrijs
5th Antwerpse Havenpijl
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Circuit Franco-Belge
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
1st Stages 1 & 3
1st Nationale Sluitingsprijs
3rd Omloop van het Houtland
4th Grand Prix de Fourmies
4th Schaal Sels
2nd Houtem–Vilvoorde
3rd Grote Prijs Stad Zottegem
4th Overall Ronde van Drenthe
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
7th Overall Tour de Wallonie-Picarde
1st Binche–Tournai–Binche
1st Stage 1 Paris–Corrèze
2nd Omloop van het Houtland
3rd Handzame Classic
4th Grand Prix d'Isbergues
10th Overall Tour of Qatar
4th Overall Tour of Qatar
1st Stage 2 (TTT)
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG National Criterium Championships
1st RideLondon–Surrey Classic
1st Otley Grand Prix
1st Ipswich and Coastal Grand Prix
1st Circuit of the Fens
1st Jersey International Road Race
2nd Beverley Grand Prix
3rd Beaumont Trophy
6th Rutland–Melton International CiCLE Classic
2nd Stafford GP
3rd Overall Tour de Korea
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Road race, National Road Championships
2nd Nokere Koerse
2nd Handzame Classic
4th Ronde van Drenthe
1st Elfstedenronde
2nd Road race, National Road Championships
5th Handzame Classic
7th Ronde van Limburg
9th Three Days of Bruges–De Panne


1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg Team pursuit, UEC European Junior Track Championships
National Junior Track Championships
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Scratch
2nd Points race
2nd Madison, National Track Championships (with Matthew Rowe)
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg Team pursuit, UEC European Junior Track Championships
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Madison, National Track Championships (with Luke Rowe)
1st UIV Cup, Ghent Six-day (with Peter Kennaugh)
National Junior Track Championships
2nd Scratch
3rd Points race
2nd Madison, National Track Championships (with Peter Kennaugh)
2nd Team pursuit, National Track Championships

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