Team Wiggins rider Chris Lawless wins British Cycling Elite Road Series round in Abergavenny
- Photos by Andy Jones

Chris Lawless (Team Wiggins) continued his successful 2015 season with victory in the Grand Prix of Wales on Sunday.

Lawless took the victory in Abergavenny, sprinting ahead of Yanto Barker (One Pro Cycling) and Graham Briggs (JLT Condor).

The 19-year-old’s win comes on the back of winning a round of the Tour Series, the Stockton Town Centre Race and placing sixth behind Belgian Philippe Gilbert (BMC) in the Grand Prix Cerami last month.

A succession of escape groups tried to get away during the 182-kilometre event, which featured two laps of a long loop out towards Raglan and Monmouth followed by 10 laps of a short loop around Abergavenny. The Raleigh-GAC team of series leader Steve Lampier did much of the chasing.

Kristian House (JLT Condor) and Ian Bibby (NFTO) were the last of the attackers, but were caught just before the finish – setting up the win for Lawless.

Just one round of the British Cycling Elite Road Series remains: the Leicester Castle Classic Kermesse on Sunday, August 16.

The start out of Abergavenny: Grand Prix of Wales 2015

The start out of Abergavenny: Grand Prix of Wales 2015

Break out in large circuit; Grand Prix of Wales 2015

Break out in large circuit: the race traversed this twice before 10 laps of a smaller finishing circuit

Steve Lampier, Elite Road Series leader; Grand Prix of Wales 2015

Steve Lampier, Elite Road Series leader

Atkins tries a move from the three man break in Abergavenny closing circuits

George Atkins tries a move from the three-man break in the Abergavenny closing circuits

The race back together with Yanto Barker back in the mix

The race back together with Yanto Barker back in the mix

Chris Lawless wins Grand Prix of Wales 2015

Chris Lawless takes the sprint from Yanto Barker and Graham Briggs

Chris Lawless

Chris Lawless, 2015 Grand Prix of Wales winner

Yanto Barker, Chris Lawless and Graham Brigss on the podium of the 2015 Grand Prix of Wales

Yanto Barker, Chris Lawless and Graham Brigss on the podium of the 2015 Grand Prix of Wales

Result

Grand Prix of Wales 2015, 113 miles (182km)
1. Chris Lawless (Team Wiggins)
2. Yanto Barker (One Pro Cycling)
3. Graham Briggs (JLT Condor)

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  • Nick Horne

    What a week of cycle racing Wednesday evening the Chepstow Grand Prix, Friday Evening the Wales Open Criterium and Wales GP on Saturday in Abergavenny and virtually no advertising what so ever, real pity as i missed it all as i am sure did hundreds (thousands?). Please more promotion is required

  • Could BC start handing out razors as an additional prize?

  • Mark Jones

    More work needs to be done to promote these races. We stayed overnight in Monmouth and the B&B owner was not aware the race was on. Same when talking to someone at work about the three races in Chepstow and Abergavenny last week, who would have spent the weekend in the area if he’d known.

  • Mark Jones

    We were parked just in front of the camper van in the third picture. Went for a walk to White Castle before heading into Abergavenny and got back to the car about two minutes before they went past on the second lap – perfect timing and an unexpected bonus!! Was this picture was taken on the first lap or second lap (if the second then we are just off the photo!! More good luck followed, as we easily parked in Abergavenny and managed to get the only table outside For The Love Of Cake for lunch before moving up to about 60 metres from the finish to watch last two laps. A great race and well done to Chris Lawless on this win – surely a star of the future? Had to feel sorry for the riders caught in the crash and I don’t think any of them would have made the cut-off for the final circuit.