Finishing top-20 at the Tour de Yorkshire with a gritty performance on the hilly final stage, Holmes was one of a few domestic riders who could live with the ferocious pace of World Tour opposition.
Seventh at the An Post Ras – another race renowned for its attritional nature – underlined Holmes’ resilience and stage race credentials, while making the break with Geraint Thomas and Ian Stannard at Ride London put him in the spotlight once again.
"2016 went well for me and the team, I’ve been steadily getting better and becoming more of a team leader at many races.
“I just missed out on winning lots of times last year, which is annoying but still a step in the right direction. Hopefully this year after another good winter I can go a step further and win some races myself.
“The team as a whole won a lot of good races last year, but we can definitely do better in 2017!”
DOB: 8 December 1993
Nationality: British (Wigan)
Joined Madison Genesis: 2014
Rider type: Climber
Favourite coffee stop: Roberts and Co, Mawdesly
Favourite training road: The mountain road from Pollensa to Andratx, Mallorca.
2nd - British Road Race Championships, under-23
2nd - Junior Tour of Wales