With just 100 days to go until the National Road Race Championships, the cycling season is in full swing as the world’s leading teams including Team Sky, Etixx-QuickStep and Wiggle Honda prepare to descend on Lincolnshire this summer.
Two of the international cycling calendar’s most well known races have been taking place this week with Britain’s top male riders experiencing mixed fortunes across Europe in recent days. Mark Cavendish was pulled out from a cold and wet stage 6 of Italy’s Tirreno-Adriatico race yesterday with over 70km to go, along with his entire Etixx-Quickstep lead out train, as the squad prepare for the Milan-San Remo Classic next week.
Meanwhile, young British hope Adam Yates has impressed for Orica GreenEDGE with consistent performances across all of the 6 stages so far, placing him in the top 6 riders with one stage remaining. Steve Cummings, Yates’ teammate, is the next highest placed British rider in ninth position. Tinkoff-Saxo new boy, Slovakia’s Peter Sagan went on to win stage 6, claiming his first victory since leaving Cannondale to join the Russian outfit.
In France, Sir Bradley Wiggins elected to pull out of the final stage of the Paris-Nice race in what was due to be his last appearance for Team Sky. Wiggins will now focus on training and will compete for his own fledgling Team Wiggins squad in May’s Tour of Yorkshire having been granted special dispensation by the UCI. Wiggins will be hoping to defend his National Time Trial Championship when the event comes to Cadwell Park on June 25th. Wales’ Geraint Thomas rode strongly to finish fifth overall in Nice, 41 seconds behind the overall winner and Team Sky teammate, Richie Porte.
Current World Road Race Champion, Lizzie Armitstead started her title defence in the Netherlands over the weekend with a seventh place finish in the Ronde van Drenthe, finishing just three seconds behind eventual winner Jolien d’Hoore. In the men’s race, Scott Thwaites of Team Bora-Argon managed a fifth place finish losing out in a five man sprint eventually won by Belgian Edward Theuns.
As the countdown to Lincolnshire’s National Road Race Championships continues, Britain’s riders will be looking to build on current performances to give them the best chance of wearing the National Champion’s jersey on the start line of the Tour de France which starts the weekend after the Championship rolls out of our county and takes the riders across the Channel.
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