CANDI-TV SHAPING UP FOR EXETER TOUR SERIES
Thanks to Graham Briggs? win in the opening round of the Tour Series criteriums in Milton Keynes, the CandiTV-Marshalls Pasta squad will head to the Exeter round (tomorrow) as the series leaders.
?The guys are feeling good,? team manager Phil Griffiths told Cycling Weekly. ?We really took it to them last week and making the others chase, not just waiting for a sprint.
?We had lots of good TV coverage, sending riders off the front and attacking.
?Last week we had to split the team because we sent a team to the Ras as well. But Russell Downing is back from the Ras and is fired up and the team is really knitting well together.?
Simon Holt joined the team recently after a brief spell in Italy, but is ?fitting in well,? said Griffiths.
?Matt Rowe will be riding once again this week as a reward for riding so well last week. We?ll be sticking to the same tactics again this week, we?ve got the leaders? jersey, so why not take it all the way through??
CandiTV-Marshalls Pasta team for Exeter Tour Series criterium: Malcolm Elliott, Russell Downing, Graham Briggs, Simon Holt, Matt Rowe.
BMC SECURES FOURTH OVERALL IN TOUR SERIES
The BMC squad made quite an impressive start to the criterium season in Milton Keynes last week, thanks to Joe Skipper?s 10th place, which gave the team a fourth place overall.
It was a strong result for Skipper, who told Cycling Weekly before the race that his objective was just to get on television.
Skipper led the bunch around the final corner, taking 10th, whilst his three remaining team-mates all placed in the top 30.
It was the team?s first foray into criterium racing and team captain Andy Lyons was pleased with the result: ?We rode well as a team [at Milton Keynes]. It?s the first race in the series and we really didn?t know what to expect, but the guys all performed well and showed that they are quite capable of mixing it at this level of competition?.
James Whatling normally rides for team, but was on team manager duty in Milton Keynes.
?It?s something else really,? said Whatling.
?As a very small team in our first season of racing, we?ve just come fourth overall against the biggest teams in the country, against Olympic champions, National champions and paid full-time riders.
?I have to say a big well done to the team because they were awesome?.
Green Jersey set up a headcam on Joe Skipper’s helmet during the Milton Keynes criterium and made a short film of the race:
Above: BMC rider Joe Skipper being interviewed ahead of his top-ten ride at Milton Keynes. Photo courtesy of Simon Gooderham.
GREEN GUNNING FOR THE NATIONALS
Britain?s Matt Green is a second-year professional in Europe, riding for the same Cinelli Down Under squad as Frank Vandenbroucke.
This year, he?s based in Belgium and riding in some big races, gradually finding his feet in the professional ranks.
?My form is going good, and the boys doing so well in Ireland [at the Ras, where team-mate Nicholas Walker won two stages] motivates me to get the most out of myself,? Green told Cycling Weekly.
In the meantime, Green will be riding a series of professional kermesse races in Belgium to maintain his form.
?Then, I?ll come back for the national road championships. I should be good. We’ll see!?
KING COMES CLOSE IN HOLLAND
Up-and-coming young rider, Dani King (Vision 1 Racing), had a near miss in Holland on Saturday.
King escaped with five others in the closing stages of the Tour of Rijssen.
The group stayed away and contested the sprint with Annemiek Van Vleuten taking the win, just ahead of King.
?I?m really pleased with how hard I rode, still managing an attack at the finish,? she said after the race.
Above: Dani King on the podium behind Annemiek Van Vleuten
Wyman leaves Vision 1
Vision 1 team manager Stefan Wyman announced his resignation from the team today, only seven months after creating the team.
TRACK TRAINING WITH DAVE LE GRYS
Dave Le Grys and Lee Povey of Fast Track Coaching are running a pre-Masters training session at Newport Velodrome on Sunday June 28.
The National Masters track championships are scheduled for the following weekend (July 3-5) in Newport in conjunction with the National Disability championships.
The four-hour afternoon session will cover technique appraisal using video camera playback, starting gate practice and Derny-paced lead-outs, with separate itineraries for sprinters and endurance riders.
For more information, go to www.fasttrackcoaching.biz