Matt Cronshaw (Madison Genesis) edged to a thrilling sprint victory at the end of the Leicester Castle Classic, final round of the British Cycling Elite Road Series on Sunday.
The 26-year-old’s victory was well deserved by the Madison Genesis team, who had dominated almost every move in the 80-kilometre Kermesse-style race.
The result left the commissaires frantically working out the final overall placings, but Evan Oliphant (Raleigh GAC) was named as the Grand Prix Series winner, while his team-mate Steve Lampier was the Elite Road Series winner.
One Pro Cycling edged to victory in the team standings, while Eddie Dunbar (NFTO) was the best Under-23 rider of the Series.
Madison Genesis had four riders in the first major break of the day, a 12-rider break which never really gained more than 30 seconds on the bunch before being reeled in.
Four rider attacked again at around half distance – including two Madison Genesis shirts – and when another three got across to form the decisive seven-man break, there were three distinctive orange Madison Genesis helmets in there.
“It was an incredible race today – the first group that went away had four Madison Genesis guys in it,” said Cronshaw. “Most of the team have just come back from a training camp in the Pyrenees so we thought they may be a bit tired, but that wasn’t the case which was amazing.
“Erick [Rowsell] had a few digs, but with a lap and a bit to go Mark [McNally] attacked and stayed away. Jon Mould brought him back and it all went pear-shaped, but in the sprint I came round Alex Paton with a few metres to go.
“I’ve really enjoyed my season with Madison. This race epitomises the team’s season, everyone just gets stuck in and it worked out.”
1 Matt Cronshaw (Madison Genesis)
2 Alex Paton (Pedal Heaven)
3 George Atkins (One Pro Cycling)