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Zak Dempster leads Endura Racing to Clean Sweep in Woking
Zak Dempster led the team to a clean sweep in round 10 of the Halfords Tour Series in Woking with three wins in the one race, Individual, Sprint and Team and with only the final rounds in Stoke to go, the 2012 Tour Series title edges closer.
Zak was out was riding on the circuit when the women came to do their warm up, over three hours before his event signalling how much he wanted the win.
After settling into the race, Zak’s long lone attack early on showed just what great form he has right now. When that attack failed, he went again, and then again and in the end, still won the bunch kick after a great last lap by Ian Bibby. As Bibby went for the win, Yanto Barker (Team UK Youth) reacted but all that did was give Dempster the platform to go for his second win in the series.
The team go into Thursday's double-header in Stoke-on-Trent with a 17 point lead over nearest rivals Rapha Condor Sharp, with a maximum of 20 points still on offer.
1. Endura Racing, 94pts
2. Rapha Condor Sharp, 77pts
3. Team UK Youth, 76pts
4. Team Raleigh - GAC, 76pts
5. Node4 - Giordana Racing, 71pts
6. Cycle Premier - Kovert, 45pts
7. Team IG - Sigma Sport, 36pts
8. Metaltek Scott, 33pts
9. Herbalife LeisureLakesBikes, 22pts
10. Team Hope Factory Racing, 19pts
Tonight was really good. It's a technical course and if you race on the front like our team did tonight, you can make the race harder. This was my first time here. I have won at Canary Wharf (2012) and Durham (2011) and been second in a few other rounds but I was injured when this was on last time.
I wasn't happy with how the race went at Smithfield (last Saturday) and so Sunday I headed out with JTL (Jonathan Tiernan-Locke) for his first ride on the road since Lincoln [where Jon broke his collarbone] and we ended up doing five hours around Wales and I felt really good and we were really smashing it.
Yesterday, I went out for a few hours in the rain and today I felt strong enough to go for the win. It's really important this week that we show we're the best team and not dying off at the end of the series.
Bibby was especially on it and could easily have won the race tonight. I think he's had his back against the wall a bit so it was good to see him come out and show what he can do. So I tried to let him go, but Yanto came underneath me and I benefitted from that. He kind of baulked a bit coming out of the last corner rather than hitting out and I benefitted from that and went as soon as I could and was able to get past him with 120 to go.
Bibby went from the bell though and that's not easy so I think he has the form now and it’s good to see him coming into form pre-nationals. I am going pretty good as well. The Halfords Tour Series is something I can do and I don't think I'd be out my depth in the big league (Europe) either. With Dean (Windsor) being injured, they asked me to come into this series and so instead of being at races I was winning in last year, I came back here to show I can do this.
Success comes with being part of a strong team. When you have the guys backing you up like I do with Endura Racing, I have the confidence I can go really deep in the race and try and go for the win.
For me, I've had my mid season break this week. If I've wanted to have a beer after the race, I've had one this last week rather than living like a monk and come Friday I'm ready to go into the mountains and train and get ready for the Czech Tour and other events in Europe all building up to the Tour of Britain. I just want to keep winning now.
Julian Winn (Sporting Director:
They rode their best round tonight as a unit. Wilko was getting his legs back and Bibby as well and when they really connect like that, they have good strength as a team. They were always at the front and I am very happy with how they rode.
We had planned to come into the race after the second Sprint, be on the moves before that but come into our own after that second sprint and that was what they were doing, firing riders up the road. The plan was to try and win on our own but if it came down to a sprint, it was a numbers game.
The overall win is getting more realistic and we but won't relax until we're first after the evening in Stoke. I want them all on it until right up until after that last race.
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Report and photos by Larry Hickmott | www.VeloUK.net