Graham Briggs (JLT Condor p/b Mavic) made it two wins in two rounds of the British Cycling Elite Circuit Series, sprinting to victory in the final round in Wales.
The Yorkshireman, who has missed a large chunk of the season through illness, showed once again that he is back to great form with another victory – but this one came in totally different style.
After attacking on lap one in Chepstow, Briggs was relatively quiet until the final lap at Abergavenny and popped up to take the win, just catching last lap breakaway rider Johnny McEvoy (NFTO) on the line with another NFTO rider who had tried to break away. Former Garmin-Sharp rider and Australian champion Steele Von Hoff was third.
The pace was high throughout with teams eager to take hope the final win of the series, this shredded the elite peloton and many rider retired early.
With four laps to go, a group of 16 riders got clear, and McEvoy launched himself off the front of that group with two laps left.
“NFTO had so many riders up there we were a bit outnumbered, but my team-mate Kristian House rode amazing, he was always bringing the breaks back. And Johnny [McEvoy, NFTO] jumped with two laps to go and it was just a drag race from then,” said Briggs.
“I jumped them just before the U-turn, and caught Johnny on the drag and jumped him and the rest is history. I’m really pleased with how the form is coming along with two wins in a week, I hope the team can carry it on, on Sunday.
“I won one of my first races in March, but after that things didn’t go right with a change in lifestyle and getting used to having a baby. But since July I’ve come back with a bang.
“The season’s not over but it’s good to finish this Series on a high with two wins, and I think hopefully I will be second on the podium for the overall.”
1 Graham Briggs (JLT Condor p/b Mavic)
2 Johnny McEvoy (NFTO)
3 Steele Von Hoff (NFTO)