Over the weekend, British Cycling’s invitational; the Spring Cup resumed with a two part race that featured a 145km stage on Saturday and 158km stage on Sunday in Durham, north-east England.
Tom Moses who has been off his bike due to illness for almost two weeks returned to the squad and took an emphatic victory on the opening day.
In punishing conditions that included hail, sleet and freezing temperatures, Tom spent much of the race in a breakaway group. First riding in a trio that was caught before attacking the peloton and forcing another break with a four riders. The escapees worked well together forging ahead establishing a five minute lead to ensure they would not be caught by the chasing pack.
Speaking after the race, Moses said “It was pretty tough out there but it could have been a lot worse. We had hail and cold hands, when I got into the winning move straight after, I was hurting and I wasn’t confident that I could win today. I was surprised really.”
“Coming into the finish nobody wanted to be at front so I thought I’ll try and get on the front and then jump. I just went as hard as I could and nobody came round me.”
As JLT Condor’s relentless pace swept up some of the former breakaway riders, Joe Fry (who had finished third the day before) attacked and gained enough seconds in the final kilometre, Despite winning neither stage he was able to take the overall lead from Moses and secure the 2016 Tour of the Reservoir.
“Everyone worked so hard for Tom, the team were outnumbered by the break and of course, because we had the leader, it fell to us to work all day.” explained assistant Manager Dean Downing, “For nearly 100km in exposed conditions the boys kept the break at 1 minute and in our sights. It frustrating but Tom has ridden excellently. The riders rode as a tight knit team on day two. It all contributes to the build up to the Tour of Yorkshire.”
Watch highlights on Eurosport TV from the Motorpoint Spring Cup Series: 23 April – Tour of the Reservoir, Eurosport 2 – 8:00am