Who should you be following in 2013 Ten rising sports stars to track on Twitter
. Who are the rising stars of 2013
Sportsmail takes a look at whose Twitter feed will be worth following this year.
Chris Froome – @chrisfroome
No-one is quite sure yet who the cycling top dog will be in 2013, but Chris Froome is determined to be Britain’s main man in the Tour de France. As last year’s runner-up, and having held back on a break for the yellow jersey himself at the behest of Sky’s management, Froome is itching to get his chance to shine.
He has already confirmed that, if asked to, he will repeat the task this year. But he has also made it clear that he believes his time is now, and he is organising his schedule around the assumption that he will be leading the team.
Should he miss out on that chance, this Twitter account may be one that features a few expletives in 2013.
Uncertain: Bradley Wiggins (left) and Chris Froome will bid to lead Team Sky in the Tour de France
Michelle Cound – @michellecound
Not technically an athlete, but if anyone wants an insight into tensions in the Sky Team camp as the Tour de France approaches, this woman’s Twitter account is the one to watch. The loyal girlfriend of Chris Froome garnered considerable attention in 2012 when a spat erupted between herself and Catherine Wiggins.
The pair traded digs relating to Wiggins’ domination of the race and the demands from Team Sky that Froome take the back-seat supporting role. 'Team work is also about giving the people around you, that support you, a chance to shine in their own right,' the sports photographer tweeted after Stage 11, in which Froome was asked to hold back to allow Wiggins to retain the yellow jersey.
On the move Wilfried Zaha is bound for the top
Wilfried Zaha – @wilfriedzaha
The humble 20-year-old said this week that his friends in the Premier League have been asking why it’s taking him so long to get there.
This January, Zaha will be a stranger to the top flight no more, and the Crystal Palace striker is looking forward to the challenge.
Manchester United and Arsenal are ready to start the bidding at around 10million.
It’s not likely to be a completely smooth transition. Zaha admitted that training with the England team was a shock to the system and showed him the intensity that is required at the top level.
This year will definitely be the biggest of his career.
Laura Robson – @laurarobson5
It was back in 2008 that a fresh-faced Laura Robson held the junior Wimbledon trophy aloft. At the tender age of 14, the youngster had the expectations of a nation craving Grand Slam glory on her shoulders.
She took some time to make her mark on the seniors tour, but now Robson is starting to come into her own.
She rode the wave of Olympic euphoria to win a silver medal in the mixed doubles last summer, alongside Andy Murray. During 2012 she rose from No 113 to No 53 in the world rankings, and she now sits only four places down from Heather Watson, Britain’s No.1.
She also took Hsieh Su-wei to three sets in her first WTA final at the Guangzhou Open. Most of her tweets involve pictures of cute animals, so there’s another reason to keep an eye on this rising star’s Twitter in 2013.
Moving up: Laura Robson enjoyed a remarkable year in 2012 and will be hoping for more of the same
Max Chilton – @maxchilton
Chilton’s time will come in 2013 as the 21-year-old joins Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Paul di Resta as the fourth Briton on the Formula One grid.
He was appointed as a reserve for the Marussia team last September, but has been called in to fill the gap left by Charles Pic, who recently joined Caterham.
So far Chilton doesn’t seem to have been intimidated by the prospect of joining the elite circuit. After receiving the news he tweeted: ‘It's hard to put into words how I am feeling but I know I am full of energy and ready give it my all next year in my first F1 season! #f1.’ Keep an eye on this young racer in the coming year.
Inspired: Manu Tuilagi will be crucial for England
Manu Tuilagi – @Manutuilagi
was a year of disappointment for Manu Tuilagi, as an ill-fated dive in
the Auckland dock brought even more criticism from those back home who
had just witnessed England crash out of the World Cup.
But last year
brought a little more cheer for the Samoan, especially after his
starring turn against the All Blacks in the Autumn internationals.
magnificent interception and flight up the left wing sealed victory for
the England squad against the supposed insurmountable New Zealanders,
salvaging a considerable amount of dignity for the home side.
This year’s Lions tour is likely to see the spotlight settle on him once
Yohan Blake – @YohanBlake
Usain Bolt is such a presence in athletics that it is sometimes easy to forget those running alongside him. But Yohan Blake is becoming a big enough personality alongside his fellow countryman that he is making himself hard to ignore.
He was the third runner in Jamaica’s team when they won the 100m relay last summer in a world record-breaking time.
In the 200m final he had to make do with coming second to Bolt, just as he did in the 100m. But he gave his compatriot much more of a challenge than any other athlete so far.
He has beaten his training partner on the smaller stages – at the Jamaican Olympic trials in June. Could this be the year that Blake overcomes his greatest rival while the world watches
We’ll have to wait for the World Championships in August to find out.
Fierce competition: Yohan Blake looks set to push Usain Bolt all the way in both the 100m and 200m
Dan Greaves – @DiscusDan
The British discus thrower actually trained for able-bodied competitions, and competed in them, before realising that his Talipes feet qualified him for the Paralympics. He has taken home a medal in every Games he has competed in – gold in 2000 and 2004, bronze in 2008 and silver in last year’s Summer Games.
He also broke the world record with his second gold in Athens, and then went on to break it three times in 2011, as well as winning his third World Championship gold medal. You can bet that when the IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon roll around, ‘Discus Dan’ will be seeking gold once more.
Looking forward: Dan Greaves will be looking for his fourth World Championship gold medal in 2013
One to watch: England's Joe Root has a bright future
Joe Root – @joeroot05
youthful-looking 22-year-old has been hailed by Michael Vaughn as the
successor to the England captaincy. Now the opening batsman for
Yorkshire, Root made his Test debut against India last month and came
away with an innings of 73, after batting for close to five hours with a
permanent air of calm.
may see him included in the squad for England’s next Test against
Dunedin in March, and with back-to-back series against both New Zealand
and Australia in 2013, there’s likely to be a lot of exposure coming the
way of this Yorkshire lad.
Katarina Johnson-Thompson – @JohnsonThompson
Jessica Ennis might have been our golden girl at the Olympics, but look to the future and you’ll see someone ready to take her crown in years to come. Johnson-Thompson has already beaten Ennis’ British junior record by 338 points and her 1.89m in the Olympic high jump was a personal best.
She’s a consistent gold medallist at junior level, but looks set to take her place on the world stage in 2013 after being inspired by the Ennis' success this summer.
Bright star: Katarina Johnson-Thompson has been hailed as the 'next Jessica Ennis'