GORDON McCauley (Plowman Craven-Evans Cycles) celebrated his call-up to the New Zealand team for the World Championships next month when he took victory in the final round of the Premier Calendar, the Tour of Pendle, in Lancashire on Sunday.
While several early breaks came to nothing, when 17 riders did break free McCauley was one of several big-name riders left behind in the bunch, including Tour de France hero Bradley Wiggins (Cofidis).
But he led a chase group back up to the leaders, and then continued his effort to forge a four-man break on the last of three circuits.
Recycling.co.uk?s Rob Partridge attacked on a climb, and while rival David Clark punctured almost instantaneously, McCauley was quick to snuff out the danger and went on to hold off his rivals on the line, Partridge taking second and Clark, who received a quick wheel change, beating Wayne Randle (Sportscover) to the final podium spot by six seconds.
Already assured of the series title, Chris Newton crossed the line fifth to cement his overall victory, while McCauley moved up to second overall on the back of his win.
Tour of Pendle (Premier Calendar final round).-
1 Gordon McCauley (Plowman Craven-Evans Cycles) 96 miles in 3-35-36
2 Rob Partridge (Recycling.co.uk)
3 Dave Clark (unattached) all same time
4 Wayne Randle (Sportscover) at 6sec
5 Chris Newton (Recycling.co.uk) at 55sec
6 Malcolm Elliott (Pinarello RT) st