Wednesday (June 18) evening saw large crowds witness top criterium racing take to the streets of Stone in Staffordshire for the first time.
Titled ‘Circuit de Stone’ and part of British Cycling’s Elite Circuit Series, the tight technical circuit proved even more testing as rain started to fall as the race got under way at 7.30pm.
Racing was tentative in the damp opening laps as riders felt there way around the circuit. It was Malcolm Elliott who took advantage of the conditions to break away after around twenty minutes of racing.
Elliott was able to solo to victory with Pete Williams and the Downing brothers contesting the placings some 52 seconds later. Williams got the sprint for second from Dean Downing to make it a one-two for the Stone-based Pinarello outfit.
CIRCUIT DE STONE: RESULTS
1 Malcolm Elliott (Pinarello RT) 1-08-36
2 Peter Williams (Pinarello RT) at 52 secs
3 Dean Downing (Rapha Condor ReCycling.co.uk)
4 Russell Downing (Pinarello RT) both at same time
5 Jeroen Janssen (Pearl Izumi Planet X High 5) at 1-08
6 Rob Hayles (Team Halfords BikeHut)
7 Simon Gaywood (Plowman Craven RT)
8 Tom Murray (Pinarello RT)
9 Simon Holt (Rapha Condor ReCycling.co.uk)
10 James Stewart (KFS Special Vehs-Sunday Bikes) all at same time
Dean Downing and Pete Williams
Elliott takes the turn
Another Champagne moment for Elliott