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Scott Thwaites Wins Premier Calendar Series
Scott Thwaites sealed victory in the 2012 British Cycling Premier Calendar Road Race Series at the Stockton Grand Prix on Sunday with one round of the series still to come.
Thwaites has been the dominant rider in the UK this year, adding the Premier Calendar to the British Circuit Race Championships and individual wins in the Halfords Tour Series, where he was an integral part of Endura Racing's overall series victory. Still just 22 years old and in his third season with the team, Scott has developed into a true all rounder, with a devastating sprint to deliver victories in criteriums and road races.
In the seven race Premier Calendar series, Scott backed up wins at the Tour of the Reservoir and a stage win at the Tour Doon Hame with a consistent set of results in the other rounds. Finishing a close second to Raleigh-GAC's Graham Briggs on Sunday was enough to secure the series by healthy margin. Team commitments in Europe will mean that Endura Racing will miss the final round of the series, the recently announced Wilton Grand Prix, as they head to Vuelta Ciclista a León (UCI 2.1) in Spain and La Mi-Août en Bretagne (UCI 2.2) in France.
I'm very pleased to win the Premier Calendar Series, it's a big achievement for me as there are so many strong racers in the UK at the moment. It's perfect sewing up the series win with one round still to go as we'll be racing abroad then and we won't have to rely on other rider's results at the Winton Grand Prix to settle things.
I've enjoyed all of the rounds this year. You can't just rely on your winning a round, you have to be consistent right through the series and that's something I've been able to do. If I had to pick my favourite moments, it was obviously winning the Tour of the Reservoir, but equally important to me was riding across to the break in the final stage of the Tour Doon Hame, as it showed that I'm not just a sprinter but an all-rounder.
Julian Winn (Sporting Director):
It wasn't our intention to have one particular rider win the Premier Calendar this season, but we've turned up at each round with the intention of winning. Scott's been consistent right through the season with a couple of wins in there too. It's a tremendous result for Scott, particularly as he's only 22.
I’ve been really pleased with how we’ve performed in the Premier Calendars this year but the stand-out race for me was the Tour Doon Hame. The team dominated throughout [winning the overall, all the stages and categories] and it was three young riders in Scott, Jonny McEvoy and Erick Rowsell that did it. It bodes well for Endura Racing and British cycling in general.
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