Jonathan Bellis (Saxo Bank) came sixth in Sunday’s Tour de Rijke in the Netherlands.

The British rider was part of a young Saxo Bank team taking part in the one-day, 196-kilometre race near Rotterdam. Bellis was part of a forty-man lead group that came through to contest the sprint finish.

Kenny van Hummel (Skil-Shimano) won the bunch sprint in Spijkenisse at the end of the UCI 1.1 ranked event.

Twenty-year old Bellis is a product of the Great Britain Olympic Academy programme, having spent his formative years as a successful track rider. He has recently started to get results on the road, where he is quickly finding his feet in bunch finishes.

Bellis joined Saxo Bank in 2008 as a stagiaire when it was known as CSC. After a strong performance in the Tour of Britain, and subsequent races, the Danish-based squad run by former professional Bjarne Riis gave him a full pro contract.

Bellis originally hails from the Isle of Man, home to British sprint star Mark Cavendish, who incidentally was also contesting a sprint finish today…

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