Ian Bibby third on final stage in Yorkshire, as JLT Condor riders show strength against pro tour teams.
Ian Bibby finished third on what was billed as the toughest ever stage of the Tour de Yorkshire. The British rider gained bonus seconds for his high finish and moved up to sixth in the overall classification.
The race was won by Olympic champion, Greg van Avermaet, whose BMC team had animated the race from stage two in a bid to move their leader, Avermaet to the top of the overall. Bibby takes home the honour of best-placed British rider.
“We showed showed strength and depth with riders finishing second, fifth and third on three of the four stages of the race.” Explained John Herety.
The Tour de Yorkshire was born out of the county hosting the 2014 Tour de France. The event continues to grow in popularity with over 2.2 million people lining the roadside.
This year’s race was expanded from three to four days – the women’s race doubled to two – and the challenging nature of each stage has delivered unpredictable and exciting racing, if not an unexpected overall result.
Riders secure top placing in three of four stages – 2nd, 5th and 3rd
Ali Slater, finished second on the opening day of the race. He was part of a five-man breakaway that out rode the chasing peloton to the line. Stage two’s summit finish on Ilkley Moor provided much drama with the lead changing hands several times.
Scarborough’s North Shore is becoming a traditional stage finish and Saturday’s penultimate stage saw a traditional bunch sprint in which JLT Condor’s Robert-Jon McCarthy finished fifth alongside a world class sprinters field.
Sunday’s brutal finale was as gruelling as stages get. Frenchman, Stefano Rossetto rode much of the stage alone and eventually took a brilliant solo stage victory. Behind him the peloton was split to pieces. A lead group on the road formed containing Greg van Avermaet, Ian Bibby, along with Team Sky’s Owain Doull and former Tour de Yorkshire winner, Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data). With each passing hill the group shrank leaving Ian Bibby, the only rider from a British team in the to finish the race with the leaders. Into the finish in Leeds Ian Bibby mounted and attack to the line, pipped by Greg van Avermaet, Bibby took home 3rd on the stage and moved to 6th overall competition.
Delight at top flight consistency
“I am delighted with how every JLT Condor rider rode in the race. We were awarded third in the team classification, which shows on every stage riders rode hard and fought for their positions.” Enthused long term manager, John Herety .
“We’ve shown, that we deserve our place in world class fields and we can animate the racing. Edmund Bradbury and Ed Laverack also finished 17th and 20th in the overall competition, as younger riders their performance shows they still have a lot to achieve.”
Overall Classification after four stages
1 VAN AVERMAET Greg BMC BEL 16h38’00” 00″
2 PRADES REVERTER EduaErdUS ESP 16h38’09” 09″
3 PAUWELS Serge DDD BEL 16h38’14” 14″
4 KIŠERLOVSKI Robert TKA CRO 16h38’19” 19″
5 STORER Michael SUN AUS ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘
6 BIBBY Ian JLT GBR 16h38’23” 23″
7 PEREZ Anthony COF FRA 16h38’25” 25″
8 DUNBAR Edward ABS IRL 16h38’27” 27″
9 BEVIN Patrick BMC NZL 16h38’37” 37″
10 HIVERT Jonathan TDE FRA 16h38’39” 39″
Stage four result
1 ROSSETTO Stéphane COF FRA B:16″ 00″
2 VAN AVERMAET Greg BMC BEL B:08″ 34″
3 BIBBY Ian JLT GBR B:04″ ‘ ‘
4 DUNBAR Edward ABS IRL ‘ ‘
5 PRADES REVERTER EduardEUS ESP B:01″ ‘ ‘
6 PEREZ Anthony COF FRA ‘ ‘
7 HIVERT Jonathan TDE FRA ‘ ‘
8 PAUWELS Serge DDD BEL ‘ ‘
9 KIŠERLOVSKI Robert TKA CRO ‘ ‘
10 STORER Michael SUN AUS ‘ ‘
Team Classification after four stages
1 Team BMC
2 COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS @ 1’24
3 Team JLT Condor @ 2’34