British news round-up: Wyman wins

Wyman wins in Heerlen
Top British cross-rider Helen Wyman claimed her sixth win of the season last Sunday at the GP Heuts in Heerlen.

The British rider finished the race more than a minute ahead of 2011 World Cup winner Sanne van Paassen.

Despite the absence of the 2011 World Champion Marianne Vos, it was an impressive win on a heavy-going course in south-east Holland.

Wyman avoided a crash that held up several riders on the first descent of the course to take a five second lead in the race at the first pits. She then extended that lead to twenty-two seconds by the end of the second lap and finished the race a comfortable winner.

The victory follows a frustrating few months for Wyman, who has been struggling to throw off a bug that she picked up in late December.

It puts her in a confident mood looking ahead to the last few races of the season, “There are five races left for me this season as I look to keep working hard and finish off the GVA Series well,” she explained on her website. “So fingers crossed for some good results, better health and a nice end of season drink, washed down with 27 kilos of sickening Belgian chocolate.”

Emma Pooley starts 2011 with Perth Criterium wins
British world champion Emma Pooley has raced her first races of the 2011 season at a criterium series in Western Australia this week, coming third overall and winning two of the events.

The four Smokefree Perth Criteriums were held between February 12 and February 15, with each race taking place in a different area in or around Perth.

Pooley won the Town of Vincent Criterium and the City of Perth Northbridge Criterium, finishing fourth and seventh in the other two events.

She finished seventh in the last race of the four, having gone into it in second position overall. The eventual overall winner was Emma Lawson, ahead of her Pure Tasmania team mate Rowena Fry.

Great Britain Team to race Tour of Sardinia
Team Sky riders Geraint Thomas, Peter Kennaugh and Ben Swift will make a rare outing on the road in GB colours next week when they ride the Tour of Sardinia. The trio will be joined by fellow endurance track squad members Ed Clancy, Andrew Tennant, Luke Rowe, Steven Burke and Sam Harrison. The team will be using the event to prepare and bond in preparation for the world track championships.

The five-stage tour runs from February 22 until February 26 and the British team will compete alongside a number of World Tour teams and Italian Pro Continental teams -most notably BMC, Katusha, Radioshak, Lampre, Astana and Liquigas.

Maxgear Racing Team announce Kit Sponsor
Maxgear Racing Team have announced that Champion System will be their primary sponsor in 2011. The team were ranked the best UK amateur team in 2010 and will be showcasing the new kit during the early season races.

The team got their season off to a good start by winning the overall Revolution series at the Manchester Velodrome. Their calendar includes the Premier Calender series, National Criterium Series and some overseas events.

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