Simon Carr: Slip under radar

In today’s media age it is unusual for a British cyclist to make it all the way to the WorldTour with barely raising an eyebrow on home turf. After all, results in distant countries showing emerging talent are always just a click away. But that’s exactly what Simon Carr, a 22-year-old neo-professional at EF Education-Nippo, was born in Great Britain and raised in France.

It’s not hard to imagine that his dual national upbringing could lead to accusations of Carr as an imported “plastic Brit” to boost the nation’s status. However, Carr’s upbringing has always had a British theme. “In terms of growth, my parents deliberately chose to have a fully English upbringing at home with English TV, English books and English radio,” recalls Carr. Nonetheless, he only returned to Britain when his brother was born in Hereford, and Simon studied at Writtle University College just outside Chelmsford.

This lack of time in the UK does not manifest itself because Carr, a very crafty guy, has an immaculate English accent that goes alongside …

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