Felix English (JLT Condor) sprinted to victory in the Yorkshire based, Beverley Grand Prix on Friday evening.
The 22 year old Irish rider has been building his form through the summer after returning from a serious broken wrist in the Spring.
Felix was part of a five man break that rode clear of the peloton. The initial move started by Tom Moses (JLT Condor), featured Felix English, Series leader Jon Mould (One Pro Cycling), Mike Northerly and Steve Lampier (Raleigh GAC). The break driven by Moses soon pulled out a 50 second lead on the chasing peloton which on,then worked hard to grow their lead.
With the rest of the field pulled out with a few laps left to allow for a clean finish for the five leaders, the stage was set for a dramatic finish. Tom Moses rode hard for English to deliver him to line for the win.
Previously seventh in the Series table, English will move up towards the top three overall.
“That was quite hard!” said English after he stepped from the podium. “It was almost a replica of what happened two years ago. We had two riders in the break two years ago too.
“My team-mate Tom Moses worked really well, we were just trying to play the last few laps pretty smart. Tom started it off and gave me an easier ride to the finish and I could sit on.
“I was trying to get as much power as I could before the cobbles because it was so hard to accelerate on them! The surface was pretty good, and being in a break it was better and you could concentrate – although it would’ve been carnage in the bunch!
“For the first five laps we could see the bunch behind and we knew a few teams had missed it, but as soon as we had the gap everyone was working really well together.
“All the guys in the break are super strong. Jon Mould hasn’t finished outside the top five this Series, and Mike Northey gave me a kicking here two years ago, so I’m fairly used to how well they’re going.
“It was a massive crowd here and a great atmosphere in Beverley!”
A video report is available via British Cycling’s YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/BCpremiercalendar/videos ). Video content can be supplied in varying formats on request.
The team are back in action next week for the National Criterium Championships.