Finish line crash at Leicester GP takes down leaders at HSBC UK Grand Prix Series

Riders piled over the line and into the barriers at Leicester GP

The finish line at Leicester GP (Image: Allan McKenzie/SWpix)

A finish line crash made judging the final result of the Leicester Castle Classic tricky for organisers, after the leading group of five riders became tangled in a finish line crash.

The final metres of the penultimate round of the HSBC UK Grand Prix series saw overall leader Connor Swift, Andy Tennant, Scott and Latham all hit the ground - though it appears that all riders escaped relatively unscathed.

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The race was won in a bunch sprint, by Team Wiggins rider, Gabriel Cullaigh.

The race consisted of several attempted breaks early on. Come the midway point, a pairing of Tobyn Horton (Madison Genesis) and Alex Richardson (On Pro Cycling) had created a lead of 30 seconds - until Richardson crashed having entered a corner faster than he could control the bike.

The One Pro rider managed to get back on to Horton's wheel - but the chasing pack was hot on their heels.

Come the final lap, the pair were caught, making way for a bunch sprint - where Cullaigh showed he had both the edge and the nerve to hold it up.

Riders piled over the line and into the barriers after the finish.

Latham slides into Robert Scott as Tennant gets caught up. Picture by Allan McKenzie/

As in all crashes, the video shows the slide out happened pretty quickly.

Photographer Allan McKenzie from SWpix captioned his picture: "One Pro Cycling's Chris Latham slides into Team Wiggins' Robert Scott to cause a crash at the sprint finish of the Leicester Castle Classic as Canyon Eisberg's Andy Tennant gets caught up."

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan
Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Cycling Weekly's Tech Editor Michelle Arthurs-Brennan is a traditional journalist by trade, having begun her career working for a local newspaper before spending a few years at Evans Cycles, then combining the two with a career in cycling journalism.

When not typing or testing, Michelle is a road racer who also enjoys track riding and the occasional time trial, though dabbles in off-road riding too (either on a mountain bike, or a 'gravel bike'). She is passionate about supporting grassroots women's racing and founded the women's road race team 1904rt.

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