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Thwaites and Endura Racing win Oxford Tour Series
Scott Thwaites led the team to another win at a fast and furious city centre race in historic Oxford on Tuesday night. After an very aggressive start where Dean Windsor was in the majority of the action including a twenty minute break with Marcel Six (Metaltek Scott), a small break formed before half distance and Endura Racing had three riders in it.
With the chasers only a handful of seconds behind the leaders at times, the riders in the break had to work hard to stay away which was in the interest of both Endura Racing and UK Youth who all had numbers in the break.
UK Youth were using their numerical advantage to get a train going over the closing laps but James McCallum (Rapha Condor Sharp) saw to that and attacked through the start/finish as the bell rang out. Riders then scrambled to try and get in front with Dean leading the sprint out and holding on to finish third whilst his teammate Scott Thwaites sprinted past to win from Marcel Six.
I found it tough but Jonny and Dean were going really well and attacking all the time and that took the pressure off me. It was a tough sprint into the headwind so we did really well as a team. We never felt under pressure and had it under control and UK Youth had a similar idea I think to just ride enough to keep the group away from the bunch behind which had some of the counters for the other teams in it.
UK Youth were leading it out with a few laps to go and then Jimmy Mac (James McCallum) had a dig and riders knew it was the last chance to move up. It was the only chance to do that and there was a bit of hesitation. Then Deano (Windsor) went and got into a good position in first round the corner which was really important to control the finishing straight and I think I was fourth wheel and Jonny was just behind. We had really good position at the end which was important for the sprint.
I had a really bad start in the neutralised section and spent five or ten minutes moving up and then I managed to stay at the front. I felt like I had good legs and with three in the group, that was good for us. I wanted to be at the front on the last corner but Dean was there and Scott just in front and we won the team which was the main thing.
This was a circuit that I kind of like - tight and really hard to keep on the pace the whole way. We went from the gun and it split and formed a good group for us. It was a matter of marking it and trying to keep it away without using too much energy. It’s difficult to save energy on that circuit. You’re in the seat, out of the seat, braking, cornering, it was a really exciting circuit and it was great to have three guys in the front. We had to wait it out because we knew we had Jonny, Scott and me to do the sprint and it was a really good result for us.
Julian Winn (Sporting Director):
It’s another great result from the lads. When Scott is in the race, you’d never put your money on anyone else in those situations. Scott can be suffering, and I’m not saying he was, but when he gets a chance at winning, in my opinion, he’s like a Mark Cavendish in that he can turn himself inside out. Scott showed his class tonight. I think the lads in the break did a really good job. Dean was going really well and I’m really pleased with them.
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Report and photos by Larry Hickmott | www.VeloUK.net