Steve Lampier has moved into the Motorpoint Spring Cup leaders jersey after two rounds of the elite British series. The Cornish rider ensured he was in the key moves of the race on the Isle of Man and one of the six riders left to battled it out on Snaefell Mountain.
Cycle sport returned to the Isle of Man this weekend after a decade long hiatus. The legendary Manx International has seen the likes of Jacques Anquetil, Tom Simpson, David Millar and JLT Condor’s own manager, John Herety take victory on the island. Its exposed climbs and challenging terrain make it one of Britain’s most famous races and the pro peloton was happy to see the event return. This year’s course included three passes of exposed Snaefell mountain as the race covered a distance of 113 miles.
How the race unfolded
A strong performance by JLT Condor’s Steve Lampier saw him make the lead group of 19 riders. With 15 miles left to ride it was Team Sky’s Pete Kennaugh who made the first move, attacking the select group, as soon as he’d taken flight the pack chased to neutralise he attack and with it the group from shredded to just six who held a 40 second lead over the rest of the field.
The six began to attack each other on the tough five miles ascent of Snaefell Mountain with Ian Bibby (NFTO) managing to break free initially with Erik Rowsell (Madison Genesis). Bibby kept the pressure on and was soon on the lone leader of the race with only the descent to the finish to ride.
|The select group of leader climb Snaefell|
Team Sky’s Ben Swift attacked in the closing stages of the race, to take second and Rowsell finishing in third whilst Lampier held on in the small group to finish 6th. His high placed 6th and 4th place from Chorley Grand Prix means he now leads the competition overall.
“Ian Bibby was impressive today,” explained John Herety “Steve Lampier and Tom Moses rode well covering moves and Steve rode hard to be lead group. We have come away with the leaders jerseys, three rounds remain and we are hungry for a race win.“
Televised highlights of the race will be shown on Sunday 17 April – Eurosport 2 – 5:30pm and available on catch up on the Eurosport Player.
The month ahead
The team now travel to France to take part in the Tour du Loir et Cher, a five day stage which race begins on Wednesday 13th. The race was won in 2014 by JLT Condor’s Graham Briggs. Briggs became the first British rider to win the race since the 1950s.
The race will enable the team to build up to the Tour de Yorkshire which takes place at the end of the month from the 29th April – 1st May.
|Tom Moses goes on the attack|