Endura rider Rob Partridge has won the 2010 Ryedale Grand Prix.
The Welshman outgunned breakaway companions Darren Lapthorne (Rapha-Condor-Sharp) and Wouter Sybrandy (Sigma Sport-Specialized) on the drag up to the finish in Duncombe Park to claim his first Premier Calendar race win.
“I’m really happy; I thought ‘gamble everything in the sprint’ and it worked out perfectly,” a shivering Partridge told Cycling Weekly.
The trio escaped with 30 miles to go in the Premier Calendar event, which was run under a day-long downpour.
After several early efforts were reeled in, the first significant breakaway of the day comprised Phill Sykes (Sigma Sport-Specialized), Mike Cuming (Team Raleigh) and James Moss (Endura Racing).
The trio enjoyed a couple of laps of freedom before being reprised. Kristian House and Robin Sharman were next to escape, pulling out a lead of almost two minutes before the rain-soaked peloton reeled them back in.
As the unremittingly wet weather and an unyielding pace cut the bunch down to size – only 20 riders finished together in the bunch – Sybrandy, Lapthorne and Partridge got the right formula and made good their lead.
“They were both strong riders, I was a bit concerned really,” Partridge revealed at the finish.
The three were still together on the final drag up to the finish line at Baroque-style Duncombe Park, before 24-year-old Partridge struck out hard and early to claim a Premier Calendar win after several past near misses.
Andy Tennant (Motorpoint-Marshalls Pasta) led in the bunch for fourth place, while Chris Newton slightly extended his Premier Calendar lead in sixth, sandwiched between closest rivals Wilkinson and Bauer.
Ryedale Grand Prix / Pete Longbottom Memorial, Duncombe Park, Helmsley
1. Rob Partridge (Endura Racing) 112 miles in 4-27-49
2. Darren Lapthorne (Rapha-Condor-Sharp)
3. Wouter Sybrandy (Sigma Sport-Specialized) both same time
4. Andy Tennant (Motorpoint-Marshalls Pasta) at 1-27
5. Ian Wilkinson (Endura Racing)
6. Chris Newton (Rapha-Condor-Sharp)
7. Jack Bauer (Endura Racing) at 1-30
8. Alexandre Blain (Endura Racing) at 1-32
9. Simon Richardson (Sigma Sport-Specialized)
10. Steve Lampier (Pendragon-Le Col-Colnago) all same time
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Wet conditions greeted the riders
Early breakaway of Sykes, Cuming and Moss
Rob Partridge wins
Ian Wilkinson (l) congratulates Rob Partridge on his win