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After a covid-19 delay a reduced Critérium du Dauphiné took place in August over 5 stages, rather than the regular 8 stages. With the Tour de France just 3 weeks away it was a final proving ground for the main contenders. Daniel Martinez (EF Pro Cycling) took victory by 29s from Thibaut Pinot (Groupama FDJ) with Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) completing the podium, a further 12s back. It had looked like a Primoz Roglic (Jumbo Visma) whitewash but a crash on stage 4 saw the Slovenian not take the start on the final day, saving him for the larger objective. The Jumbo Visma team did manage to win 3 of the 5 stages on offer, with Wout Van Aert taking stage 1, Roglic stage 2 and Sepp Kuss the final stage in to Megeve. The other stage winners were Davide Formolo (UAE) on stage 3 and Lennard Kamna (Bora Hansgrohe) on stage 4. Read More »

After a year away we returned to the Manchester velodrome to catch a day of the 2020 National Track Championships. There were a total of six titles decided on the Saturday and they went the following way – Women’s Team Pursuit – Team Breeze (Ella Barnwell, Jenny Holl, Josie Knight, Anna Docherty, Anna Shackley), Men’s kilometre – Jonny Wale (HUUB Wattbike p/b Vita Coco), Women’s scratch race – Ella Barnwell (Team Breeze), Men’s points race – Rhys Britton (Team Inspired), Men’s sprint – Hamish Turnbull (Slingshot) and the Women’s keirin – Lauren Bell (Black Line). Read More »

James Swadling (8point8 Group) took an early lead in the 66th edition of the Coventry Road Club / Ride Coventry Boxing Day Cross and never looked like being caught. He crossed the line almost a minute ahead of Richard Jones of Renvale RT, with Joshua Jones of ZeroBC in third. The women’s race was won by Karen Summers who started slowly but passed Fran Whyte (Velobants.cc) at the end of the second lap and continued to forge ahead, Lindsey Newman (Team Jewson-M.I.Racing) took third place. Read More »

After the time trials the road racing starts and on the opening day the Mens junior title took place on the Harrogate circuit. The conditions were damp to say the least and it Quinn Simmons (USA) who broke away to take the title. The following day was back to dry and the Womens junior title went to Megan Jastrab (USA) whilst in the afternoon there was controversy as there was a post race demotion, so the Mens U23 title went to Samuele Battistella (Italy) from a small breakaway group. The last race we caught was the big one and after a rain altered route saw more laps of the Harrogate circuit, the Elite Mens road title was hard fought. Mads Pedersen (Denmark) took a shock win when everyone expected Matteo Trentin (Italy) to win in the sprint. Read More »

The first half of the UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire would see the time trial titles decided before the switch to the bunch races. Each day proved to be totally different with rain, to varying levels, one day and the sun and dry roads the next, so it really proved to be a lottery as to which conditions each race would get. The opening day saw the Netherlands take the mixed team time trial. The Monday saw the Womens junior title go to Aigul Gareeva (Russia) in the morning before Antonio Tiberi (Italy) made a courageous comeback to secure the Mens junior title. Read More »

We only caught the one stage on this years Tour of Britain but it was the home stage in Warwickshire. It proved to be a mirror of the event overall as Mathieu van der Poel (Cornedon-Circus) took the stage up Burton Dassett from Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott). The riders had one more day to go and van der Peol took the final stage too to win overall by 17s from Trentin with Jasper De Buyst (Lotto Soudal) 50s back and just edging out Pavel Sivakov (Team Ineos). Read More »

The Critérium du Dauphiné was a lot soggier than usual but that didn’t detract from the action and incidents. 2017 winner Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) took victory by 20s from Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First) with Emanuel Buchmann (Bora Hansgrohe) third after a memorable week of racing. The other jerseys were won by Wout van Aert (Team Jumbo Visma) the points or green jersey, the best climber was Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck Quick-Step) with a dominant win on stage 6 and the best young rider was Bjorg Lambrecht (Lotto Soudal). The main talking point though was the stage 4 recon accident suffered by Chris Froome (Ineos), which has ruled him out for the rest of the year, minimum. Read More »

It was a dry day for another superb Boxing Day Cyclocross. With a more intersting route through the old quarry there was plenty to see on this year’s edition and for the first half an hour there were a number of changes at the front end of the race. It did settle down and Ewan Grivell-Mellor took victory by just over 20 seconds after almost an hours racing. Stephen Knight was 2nd and first rider home in the 50-59 category and the podium was completed by the first junior rider, Edward Woodward. Read More »

There was a real buzz around the Tour of Britain this year as it saw 4 times Tour de France winner Chris Froome take the startline along with this years winner Geraint Thomas, but neither were looking for the overall classification. Instead they were supporting Sky team mate Wout Poels. As far as the race goes Poels did win the queen stage in the Lake District but it was a superb race performance from Julian Alaphilippe of Quickstep that saw him take overall victory by 17 seconds. Poels was 2nd with Lotto Jumbo’s Primoz Roglic completing the podium places. In total we caught three stages with stage 7 being the most remarkable as Ian Stannard got in the breakaway and soloed to a hard fought victory on the races longest stage, at 215kms. Read More »

With the Women’s Tour coming so close to home I had to go out and catch the action. Stage 2 saw the riders start in Rushden and finish in Daventry. The finale was over a circuit which saw them tackle Newnham Hill twice and knowing how hard that hill can be that is where I went. Team Sunweb’s Coryn Rivera took the stage win and overall lead of the race in Daventry before the riders moved to Warwickshire stage, the following day. With most of the route on my home patch I had a good idea of where to go and Edgehill was the main draw, on what would be the longest stage of the race. Sarah Roy took the stage win Leamington Spa for the Mitchelton Scott team. Read More »