The experienced criterium riders end summer on a high winning races at the Rapha Nocturne, Copenhagen and the Astana International Criterium.
Ed Clancy beat several race favourites including Australian Scott Sunderland to take the win in the Astana International Criterium. The race was part of the 2017 International Expo saw Chris Froome and Fabio Aru in attendance.
But at the racing approached its conclusion the pace increased as riders fought for the prize money on offer. A late attack from Team Sky’s Christian Knees looked likely to succeed. In the closing 800m, Clancy’s teammate Graham Briggs worked hard to reel in the lone leader before Ed Clancy launched his trademark seated sprint to win the race.
“This course was great for me as a track rider, super fast. We did 40km in 40 minutes, which is fast by anyone’s standards.” explained Ed Clancy
“For me, I’m still a bike fan and to ride with Chris Froome and Christian Knees was a big honour.”
Briggs wins inaugural Nocturne World Series title
Briggs rode the cobbled streets of Kødbyen district like a master to claim the sprint prime points and win the race overall. Race victory in Copenhagen and second place at the London round of the Nocturne meant Briggs secured the overall series title.
“It was a great circuit. It really demanded a lot of you and you really had to concentrate in the dark,” said Briggs.
“It was super fast and the crowd was great, so it was a really good atmosphere and great to be racing in Denmark.”
The elite races concluded an action-packed day of racing on the cobbled streets of Copenhagen, with cargo bike, folding bike and fixed gear among the many events to conclude on the start-finish line outside Øksnehallen.