HUNT THIRD OVERALL IN HOLLAND
Crédit Agricole sprinter Jeremy Hunt finished third overall in the new three-day Dutch stage race the Delta Tour Zeeland.
After taking ninth place in the short prologue on Friday, he was second behind Robert Wagner (Skil-Shimano) in the bunch sprint at the end of Saturday?s 168-kilometre stage. Fifth place on Sunday, which was won by Cycle-Collstrop?s Borut Bozic, sealed a good overall position.
Slipstream?s Australian rider Chris Sutton, nephew of British Cycling?s coach Shane Sutton, won overall, ahead of Wagner.
BELLIS ENDS THURINGEN RUNDFAHRT ON A HIGH NOTE
Great Britain?s overall contender, Ben Swift, crashed out of the Thuringen Rundfahrt stage race for under-23s on Friday?s stage four and the whole British team lost ten minutes after waiting for him and trying to pace him back to the bunch before he finally quit. Read more here.
Britain?s best finisher in Saturday?s 32-kilometre time trial was Peter Kennaugh, in a creditable 13th place.
Sunday?s final stage almost saw the British lads win the stage they had been aiming for when Jonny Bellis was second behind Swiss rider Laurent Beuret.
Team manager Rod Ellingworth said: ?Jonny was really close to winning it. The Swiss guy was away as we hit three laps of a finishing circuit. It was raining and there were cobbles so it wasn?t ideal for a big chase. On the line there was only about ten metres in it.?
Swift?s injuries are not too serious. In Friday?s crash he landed on the same shoulder he broke in a crash riding from the track at the Los Angeles World Cup at the start of the year. He had his final operation on it in April and is understandably worried about damaging it again.
Ellingworth said: ?He rode ahead of the bunch for Sunday?s stage so he got 140 kilometres in. He?s fine.?
Bellis was also Britain?s best overall finisher, in 44th place at 14-24. Kennaugh was 45th, Alex Dowsett 52nd, Jonny McEvoy 62nd and Mark McNally 66th.
BRITISH ACADEMY RIDERS HEAD HOME
Following the Thuringen Rundfahrt the British team stayed in Frankfurt on Monday before flying to Bristol on Tuesday morning. They will race in the Abergavenny criterium on Friday before racing in the GP of Wales on Sunday.
Ben Swift, Jonny Bellis, Mark McNally and Andy Tennant will ride as Great Britain, with Russell Hampton, Alex Dowsett, Peter Kennaugh and Jonny McEvoy racing as Team 100% ME. At the National Championships (June 29) all eight will race as Team 100% ME.
Team manager Rod Ellingworth said: ?They?re all looking forward to the crit and they?ll have a free reign to race it as they like. Then on Sunday the will try to get stuck in and have a go.
?They are two different teams so they won?t be racing together but they won?t work against each other either.
?It?s important to remember some of them haven?t done any senior racing in the UK at all. Peter Kennaugh, for example, turned senior and came straight out to the Academy in Italy.
?I think there?s a temptation to come back from abroad thinking you?re really strong and that British racing is easy but we won?t have that attitude at all.
?They have to respect the racing because older guys like Rob Hayles will walk all over them if they ask for it. So the instruction is to keep their mouths shut and race because there?s some very strong, very experienced guys who could give them a hard time.?
WEGELIUS PUSHES HARD TO THE LAST
Despite being tired from a tough Giro d?Italia campaign, Charly Wegelius was in the thick of the action on the final weekend of the Dauphiné Libéré. The Liquigas rider got in the early break on Saturday?s penultimate stage before being caught and passed by the main favourites. On Sunday he counter-attacked with a group including Sandy Casar on the Granier climb but they failed to make it across to the front group. Wegelius still managed to finish eighth. That left him 52nd overall. Now he will take a much-needed break from racing.
NEWTON IS RAPHA?S BEST MAN IN CANADA
Chris Newton finished a solid 13th overall in the Tour de Beauce in the French-speaking region of Canada. He rode solidly all week and came home 3-20 behind the winner Svein Tuft of the Canadian Symmetrics team.
Rapha?s Kristian House took third behind Evan Elken (Jittery Joe?s) and Sebastian Frey (Team Sparkasse) in the 60-kilometre St Georges criterium on Friday evening. Britain?s under-23 national champion Rob Partridge rade strongly to take sixth place on Saturday?s stage.
House finished 20th overall at 5-11, Ryan Bonser was 24th at 7-29, Partridge was 29th at 9-00, Graham Briggs was 32nd at 10-02 and Rhys Lloyd was 68th at 39-12. Bonser?s position was good enough for third place in the best young rider competition.
MARTIN?S BREAKTHROUGH RESULT
Dan Martin, the 2004 British junior road race champion, races with an Irish licence now. His mother is Stephen Roche?s sister. He?s in his first-year pro with the Slipstream team and was an excellent eighth overall in the tough GP Internacional stage race in Portugal. Having ridden himself into contention on stage two, Martin showed maturity beyond his 21 years to remain in the top ten overall for the final two days.
Portuguese rider Nuno Ribeiro (Liberty Seguros) won overall with Francisco Mancebo, who initially retired after being implicated in the Operacion Puerto blood-doping scandal, third.
Martin was 2-29 down overall.
Britian?s Chris Froome (Barloworld) finished 47th, more than 26 minutes down.
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HUNT THIRD OVERALL IN HOLLAND