?Simon is a very impressive rider,? said Dignam.
?He had a very strong team behind him as well, but he?s a very worthy winner of the race and has a very bright future ahead of him?.
Richardson credits team
Race-winner Richardson made a point of crediting his team after his maiden Ras win.
?We were tactically flawless all week and the team was fantastic in controlling the race,? Richardson told Cycling Weekly.
?Everyday we had things under control and I was able to cover the GC threats comfortably. We had no pre-designated team leader so it was my good fortune to get in the race-deciding break”.
It was team manager John Herety?s third Ras win in five years and his influence was ?instrumental? in Richardson?s win.
?We went there with the intention of winning it and it was nice to see it through,? said Richardson.
See this Thursday?s Cycling Weekly for more on the Ras.
FLEEMAN RECOVERING AFTER A COLD
Britain?s Dan Fleeman will return to action soon after recovering from a cold.
?My form seems to be coming back up after a break with a cold following the Tour of Romandy,? Fleeman told Cycling Weekly.
Fleeman finished the five-day Tour of Romandy in 64th overall, 16-35 down on race-winner, Roman Kreuziger.
His next races will be the Bayern-Rundfahrt, the Neuseenclassics, GP Triberg-Schwarzwald and GP Gippingen.
Above: Dan Fleeman chats with Astana directeur sportif, Sean Yates, at the Tour of Romandy
SEVENTH NATIONAL ?10? FOR HUTCHINSON
Michael Hutchinson claimed his seventh win in the National ?10? yesterday, clocking a time of 19-34, 30 seconds clear of second place finisher, Andy Tennant.
Meanwhile, in the women?s event, the winner?s margin was equally convincing with Julia Shaw posting a time of 21-49, 50 seconds ahead of Lynn Hamel.
11 GOLD MEDALS AT PARALYMPIC WORLD CUP
Britain took 11 gold medals in the Paralympic World Cup at the Manchester velodrome at the weekend.
Darren Kenny led the charge with three golds in the kilo, pursuit and team sprint events.
THREE-DAY CYCLING CHALLENGE FROM SUSTRANS
Sustrans is organising a three-day cycling challenge covering 176-miles of the Coasts and Castles South cycle route this autumn.
Sustrans is welcoming entries from either individuals or teams of riders. The sponsored ride will start from Gateshead on Friday September 25 and arrive in Edinburgh two days later.
?The ride will cross a part of the UK that is steeped in history, offers breathtaking scenery and is home to some spectacular wildlife,? explained Jenny Sheriff, Sustrans’ Fundraising Director
?All this, combined with the satisfaction of completing a 200-mile ride should make it a truly uplifting experience.
?Those who take part in the ride will be among thousands of others that help to raise money in support of Sustrans’ vital work. They are incredibly important, as great walking and cycling routes like Coasts and Castles South would not exist without them.?
The ride will follow National Routes 1 and 76 of the National Cycle Network. Historical sites like Hadrian’s Wall and Arthur’s Seat will feature on the ride, as well as the dramatic Edinburgh Castle at the ride’s end in the Scottish capital.
Other ride highlights will include crossing the iconic Gateshead Millennium Bridge, a picnic overlooking the unspoilt island of Lindisfarne, and an exclusive tour and dinner at the medieval Alnwick Castle.
Participants will need to contribute a minimum of £120 to cover the cost of the trip, which will include meals, camping accommodation and maps. Riders will also need to raise at least £500 each in sponsorship, which will support Sustrans’ work, including helping to maintain and develop the 12,000 miles of National Cycle Network across the UK.
To find out more about the ride or to request an application pack, visit www.sustrans.org.uk, call 0117 381 2354 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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