Chris Newton missed out on the 2008 World Championships due to a broken collar bone. However, at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, Newton managed to win bronze in the points race; this involved lapping the field twice. He just missed out on silver, losing out on the last sprint. Born in Stockton on Tees, Newton is a versatile cyclist who has represented Great Britain in various events. An integral member of the very successful British Olympic squad he took a Silver medal at the Athens Olympics, a Bronze medal at Sydney. Although Newton has never joined a major continental team he has frequently beaten some of the world's top professional riders whilst racing for the Great Britain team, including two victories in the Irish Ras stage race (2003 and 2005) and the prestigious "Circuit des Mines" stage race in 2001.