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Thwaites second at Stockton Grand Prix
Leader of the Premier Calendar Series, Scott Thwaites was second today in the penultimate round of the seven race series at the Stockton Grand Prix, part of the Stockton Cycling Festival.
The team were active throughout what was a very fast race, with several of our riders trying to break clear, but in the end the result was decided in a bunch kick won by Raleigh-GAC’s Graham Briggs.
Iker Camaño was first to go on the attack, within a few kilometres of the start, but was reeled in. Jack Anderson crashed in the feed zone and had to abandon the race which weakened the team which was missing a few riders due to illness and injury. Rene Mandri then did his best to string the bunch out and gapped them a few times but was unable to get in a move until a group of seven finally snapped the elastic. Included in the move was Rob Partridge as well as Yanto Barker (UK Youth), Richard Lang (Rapha Condor Sharp) and George Atkins (100% ME). More came across to the break but a chase by Raleigh-GAC closed the move down pretty quickly.
Iker then got in another move with Barker, Bernie Sulzberger (Raleigh-GAC) and Tom Moses (100% ME). This had several laps of freedom on the finishing circuit before a chase by Node 4-Giordana and IG Sigma Sport closed it down. A bunch kick it was then and with only a few teammates left, Scott Thwaites got himself near the front but was unable to get past Briggs.
It was funny old circuit, nothing too dangerous but we don’t often get them in Britain even though I have done plenty abroad and am used to them. We did good job keeping a good pace on the finishing circuit and then we got together at the end and had a couple of guys with me but it was difficult with a five man team against eight man teams. We were in a good position but could never take it up as we didn’t have the riders to attack for that distance.
When you have five riders, you can’t all start attacking because you put yourself under pressure so we had to follow moves today and hope for a sprint. Second is alright but disappointing because I was close to getting the win.
It was always about staying in the right position and hoping that I could get on the right wheel and go at the right time but I got third into the corner and knew then I wasn’t going to get the win because it was a long way to come from third in 200 metres.
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Report and photos by Larry Hickmott | www.VeloUK.net
Video by Cyclevox for British Cycling's Premier Calendar YouTube Channel