Simon Richardson

"It was a war of attrition," said Tour of the Reservoir winner Simon Richardson. The opening round of the Premier Calendar round a blustery Derwent Water invariably produces a worthy winner. Richardson's solo effort was just that.

Not that a solo effort was the first thing on the Bristolian's mind when he edged away with a lap and half remaining. "That circuit is so grippy and I think the others were very tired," he said. "I didn't want to go on my own but they let me drift off the front. I was in two minds."

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