Three visits to the podium cap a strong weekend for JLT Condor
Strong performances at home and abroad capped a great week of racing for JLT Condor, with young rider Ed Laverack finishing third on stage six of the An Post Rás in Ireland, and Ed Clancy and Kristian House scoring wins in the Tour Series and Milk Race.
John Herety’s men faced disappointment on Friday morning losing An Post Rás General Classification contender, Mike Cuming, to a crash. Mike, former Tour de Korea winner was placed second overall when he was caught up in an incident that resulted in a head injury and suspected concussion.
However, young rider Ed Laverack fought hard to turn the team’s misfortune around and the under 23 National Champion produced a strong ride on the 160km stage from Ballina to Ballinamore. Ed broke free with NFTO’s Ian Bibby and Damien Shaw with twenty-five kilometres to go and the three man group worked hard to stay away from a group of eight chasers, eventually finishing twenty-one seconds clear.
Highlights from Stage 6 of the An Post Ras can be watched here
|Ed Laverack in the three man breakaway|
Winning in Wales
The same evening in Wales, Ed Clancy won the third round of the televised Tour Series. The Olympic Champion is now a master of Aberystwyth, becoming the first rider to win three times on the same course, also ensuring that the JLT Condor team continue their record of individual victories in each of the seven seasons of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series.
Clancy was part of a four man group to edge away in the closing quarter of the race, alongside Tobyn Horton, Mike Northey and Jon Mould. However, The quartet were caught with two laps to go, setting up a 16-rider dash for the line on Pier Street. However, thanks to his previous successes in Aberystwyth, Clancy knew the correct tactic to adopt, hitting the final corner first and holding off Tom Stewart and Jon Mould to the line.
UK residents: you can find the ITV4 broadcast schedule for all Tour Series rounds here or highlights from each round on the ITV Player.
|Image: Andy Jones|
Milk Race Delight
Sunday saw riders return to Nottingham for the historic Milk Race, which in the last two seasons has been won by the Men in Black.
Kristian House did not disappoint. Clasping an opportunity from a momentary drop in tempo, House attacked and broke free taking Team Wiggins rider Andy Tennant with him. The two worked hard to maintain their gap despite efforts from several teams who saw serious threat from riders of the calibre of House and Tennant. As the race wore on it was clear House and Tennant had the measure of the course ensuring it would be a two rider drag for the line.
Ultimately it was the experienced Kristian House who ensured he was over the line first to take victory for JLT Condor. Ed Clancy won the bunch sprint taking third and completing the podium.
More images can be found on the Roadbook Britannia website
|Image: @Roadbook.Britannia – Kristian House takes the victory in Nottingham|
|Ed Clancy on the Tour Series Podium|
|Felix English in action in Wales|