CREBER IS SCOTTISH CHAMPION
Multi-discipline Scottish champion Ross Creber added the road title to his palmares at the championship event near Hawick.
Creber outsprinted Endura RT team-mate Callum Wilkinson at the end of the 85-mile race. James McCallum made it a clean-sweep for the the dominant Scottish outfit with third place.
JO ROWSELL VICTORIOUS IN BELGIUM
100% Me rider Jo Rowsell took victory on Thursday at the Hoeleden kermesse in Belgium.
Speaking to Cycling Weekly, the world champion team pursuiter said: “It was good. Before halfway through, my team-mate Hannah Mayho attacked and I went across to her with another woman, who wasn’t working.”
“We built up a lead of over two minutes and it went to the sprint, which I won.”
Rowsell has a block of races in Belgium coming up, and feels that her condition is coming along: “I’m going well – gradually getting a bit of form, so that’s good.”
The 20-year-old’s next big target are the National Track Championships in October.
BLYTHE TAKES FIFTH IN FLANDERS
Adam Blythe continued his strong season by taking fifth at Sunday’s Antwerpse Havenpijl, a UCI 1.2-rated race in Flanders.
In a bunch sprint finish, Jens Erik Madsen (Capinordic) took victory, with former Dutch champion Stefan van Dijk in second.
Though he rode the event in his Davo team colours, 19-year-old Blythe is officially a stagiaire at ProTour team Silence-Lotto for the rest of the season, after impressing with his performances this year in Belgium.
National champion Kristian House ended the four-day Mi-Août Bretonne in sixth after taking third spot in Thursday’s second stage.
Rapha Condor figured strongly in the UCI 2.2 ranked event, with former Australian champion Darren Lapthorne featuring in the opening day’s break and Tom Southam placing seventh on the penultimate day.
The squad are next in action at the Tour of Ireland, starting Friday (August 21).
NORTHERN ROCK CONTINUE TO BACK CYCLONE
Organisers of the Northern Rock Cyclone festival announced that the three-day event has backing to run for the next three years, thanks to its main sponsor Northern Rock and subsidiary sponsors, which include Madison-Shimano, Jennings Motor Vehicles, Coca Cola, Traidcraft and Delmonte.
The cycling festival, based in and around Newcastle, attracted over 2,700 participants and more than 4,000 spectators to its three main events, the Leazes Criteriums, Cyclone Challenge and Beaumont Trophy. Bradley Wiggins warmed up for his Tour de France exploits by dishing out a master class in solo riding en route to winning the Beaumont Trophy.
Festival organiser Peter Harrison, said: “We are delighted with the success of the Cyclone so far, which is now officially the largest cycling festival in England and the third biggest in the UK. Thanks to the skills and expertise of everyone involved, along with Northern Rock and our other subsidiary sponsors, we know that we can make the next three festivals something really special. We’re on track to attract even more national and international teams to take part next year. We already have a number of Continental teams and the Irish National team confirmed to take part – so expect even bigger and better things for 2010.”