It wasn’t the fairytale Wiggins and his team had hoped for, depsite a highly impressive performance featuring a solo attack on the lead group 30km from the end of the race, as he finished in 18th place behind his 25 year old teammate, Luke Rowe (8th) and last year’s champion Niki Terpstra of Etixx-Quickstep. Eventual winner, German John Degenkolb of Team Giant Alpecin looked strong throughout as he continued his impressive season with his maiden victory on the famous French cobbles.
World Time Trial champion, Wiggins will now turn his attentions to his own fledgling Team Wiggins, who debuted at the Tour De Normandie in March, as he prepares to defend his National title at Cadwell Park and on the roads of East Lindsey this summer.
Britain’s riders performed admirably in Northern France with Adam Blythe of Orica-GreenEDGE racing at the front of the pack early in the race but eventually finishing 85th after the lowering of a level crossing caused chaos amongst the riders. Ian Stannard (Team Sky) and Scott Thwaites (Bora Argon) also featured and raced well, however Wales’ Geraint Thomas was unable to continue the fine form he has shown throughout 2015 after a heavy crash eliminated him from the race.
All of the British riders will no doubt be looking forward to slightly smoother roads over the coming weeks and months as they build towards the Tour of Yorkshire and Giro d’Italia in May before finally descending on Lincolnshire for the National Road Race Championships from 25-28th June.
Preparations for Lincolnshire’s biggest ever sporting event are well underway and the organisers are appealing for volunteers to help make it happen. Active Lincolnshire are supporting the recruitment of volunteers for the event. Marc Rhodes, Marketing and Events Officer said: “Events of the scale of the National Road Race Championships can’t happen without hundreds of volunteers being on hand to ensure the event runs successfully. There are lots of different volunteer roles available across the whole weekend and with thousands of supporters expected it could be the best way to get close to the action”.
If you are interested in volunteering at the event please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01522 730325.
Visit www.nationalroadchamps.co.uk for more information.