Rowsell storms to Normandy stage victory
Erick Rowsell continued Endura Racing's incredible record of results in France this year by soloing to victory in stage five of the Tour de Normandie this afternoon.
Rowsell, who joined the team for 2012 following three years as part of British Cycling's Olympic Academy, attacked 5km from the end of the 190km stage to Flers and held off the chasing peloton by nine seconds.
Current Academy rider Simon Yates took fourth on the line.
His victory comes a day after Ian Wilkinson opened his account for the year by sprinting to victory in the race's third stage.
More to follow.
Tour de Normandie 2012 stage five: Elbeuf/Seine to Flers, 190km
1. Erick Rowsell (GBr) Endura Racing in 4-21-14
2. Andrey Solomennikov (Rus) Itera-Katusha at 9 sec
3. Wesley Kreder (Ned) Rabobank CT
4. Simon Yates (GBr) Great Britain
5. Vegard Robinson Bugge (Nor) Joker-Merida
6. Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Leopard-Trek
7. Michael Olsson (Swe) Cyklecity.se
8. Jasper Bovenhuis (Ned) Rabobank CT
9. Gerry Druyts (Bel) Belgium
10. Cyrille Patoux (Fra) France all at st.
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Nick Bull is an NCTJ qualified journalist who has written for a range of titles, as well as being a freelance writer at Beat Media Group, which provides reports for the PA Media wire which is circulated to the likes of the BBC and Eurosport. His work at Cycling Weekly predominantly dealt with professional cycling, and he now holds a role as PR & Digital Manager at SweetSpot Group, which organises the Tour of Britain.
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