With over 2,600m of climbing and a sawtooth profile, the race was, the new Lancaster Grand Prix billed itself as the UK’s answer to the Ardennes classics. It was no surprise therefore to see domestic puncheurs like Ian Bibby (Madison Genesis), James Shaw (SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling) and Max Stedman (Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes) battling out for the top spot when the race hit the finishing stages.
Piecing together what happened on the day is tricky – there were relatively few social media updates about the action. But what we do know is that the race was perhaps less fragmented than might have been the case given the tough parcours.
The break of the day was made up of John Archibald (Ribble Pro Cycling), Edmund Bradbury (MEMIL Pro Cycling) and Cameron Jeffers (Saint Piran). The trio built up a lead of three minutes at one point. Behind them, Tom Mazzone (Spirit Tifosi) and Damian Clayton (Andy Moore Autocentres Racing) attempted to bridge across, but didn’t make it. Jeffers then dropped back and the peloton gradually reeled in Archibald and Bradbury.
This set things up for fireworks on the final, 9%, climb of Conder Bottoms, just before the run-in to the finish to Williamson Park. James Shaw attacked, pulling with him a select group of riders.
Coming into the last kilometre, a group of seven riders were left to battle it out for the win, including Bibby, Shaw, Dan Tulett (Team Wiggins Le Col), Stedman, Dan Pearson (Canyon
There’s a little chicane with about 200 metres to go. I was absolutely flat out but I just knew if I could get into there it would be pretty tough for people to come past, so my finish line was that chicaneIan Bibby, Madison Genesis
It was local rider Bibby that made it first to the chicane on the finishing straight with 200 metres to go, and he held on to beat Shaw, Tulett and Stedman to the line.
What we learned
- Ian Bibby still has it. Probably the most consistently successful rider within the domestic peloton, Bibby had had a relatively quiet road season until now, by his own high standards (7th at the East Cleveland Klondike Grand Prix was his previous best performance). But he showed he’s still as dangerous as ever, particularly on a lumpy course such as this. He’ll be a rider to watch in the next two rounds of the National Road Series (Circuit of the Mendips and the Tour of the Reservoir).
- Shaw knocking on
door. James Shaw continued his remarkably impressive season with second place in Lancaster. 5th at the Tour de Yorkshire, 4th at the Tour de Loir et Cher, it can’t be long before he gets a win if he continues his fine form.
- Saint Piran continue to mix it with the best. In no small part down to Steve
Lampier’sremarkable consistency, Saint Piran have shown throughout 2019 that they can compete with their Continental rivals when it comes to domestic racing. Steve Lampier now leads the individual National Road Series standings and his team sit above Vitus and Ribble in the team standings. Not bad for an elite team.
Rider of the Day
Many of the ‘usual suspects’ filled the top of the results sheet in Lancaster. Two names stand out however. One is James Jenkins (Richardsons Trek) with an impressive 10th place. The other is Dan Tulett (Team Wiggins Le Col). Tulett’s primary focus until now has been cyclocross. But this season, the 19-year-old has looked very accomplished in his first full season on the road. 3rd at Lancaster, 11th at the Klondike GP and 8th in the youth classification at the Votla ao Alentejo, together with a string of solid performances in UCI stage races, prove that Tulett has what it takes to make a success of it on the road.
Next weekend we see another brand new race on the domestic racing calendar: the Circuit of the Mendips, which starts and finishes in Bristol.
Highlights of the Lancaster GP will be shown on Eurosport. Timings tbc
Tour of Britain qualification standings here.
National Road Series standings here.
|1||9||Ian Bibby||Madison Genesis||3:54:22|
|2||30||James Shaw||SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling||+st|
|3||39||Daniel Tulett||Team Wiggins Le Col||+st|
|4||5||Max Stedman||Canyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes||+st|
|5||74||Steve Lampier||Saint Piran||+3|
|6||4||Daniel Pearson||Canyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes||+st|
|7||45||Alistair Slater||Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother||+11|
|8||17||John Archibald||Ribble Pro Cycling||+22|
|9||6||Alexandar Richardson||Canyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes||+st|
|10||66||James Jenkins||Richardsons-Trek RT||+st|
|11||38||Robert Scott||Team Wiggins Le Col||+24|
|12||12||Matthew Holmes||Madison Genesis||+26|
|13||60||Edmund Bradbury||Memil Pro Cycling||+1:35|
|14||2||Thomas Stewart||Canyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes||+2:21|
|15||13||Thomas Moses||Madison Genesis||+st|
|16||15||Erick Rowsell||Madison Genesis||+st|
|17||10||Michael Cuming||Madison Genesis||+st|
|18||41||Michael Mottram||Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother||+5:20|
|19||81||Leon Mazzone||Spirit Tifosi Racing Team||+st|
|20||44||Christopher McGlinchey||Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother||+st|
|21||57||Kieran Savage||Cycling Sheffield Giant Sheffied||+st|
|22||19||Alex Dalton||Ribble Pro Cycling||+st|
|23||69||Steven Parsonage||Richardsons-Trek RT||+st|
|24||90||Andrew Nichols||Team B38 / Cycles in Motion||+5:23|
|25||34||Lawrence Carpenter||Team Wiggins Le Col||+st|
|26||42||Adam Kenway||Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother||+st|
|27||58||Louis Szymanski||Cycling Sheffield Giant Sheffied||+st|
|28||63||Peter Cocker||Richardsons-Trek RT||+5:29|
|29||21||Zeb Kyffin||Ribble Pro Cycling||+5:46|
|30||53||Joseph Clark||Cycling Sheffield Giant Sheffied||+6:09|
|31||1||Callum Mcleod||Canyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes||+6:37|
|32||22||Gruffudd Lewis||Ribble Pro Cycling||+st|
|33||23||Alex Luhrs||Ribble Pro Cycling||+st|
|34||29||Jacob Scott||SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling||+st|
|35||3||Alex Paton||Canyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes||+st|
|36||100||Damien Clayton||Andy Moore Autocentres Racing||+st|
|37||73||Cameron Jeffers||Saint Piran||+st|
|38||62||Matthew Clements||Richardsons-Trek RT||+st|
|39||65||Lewis Bulley||Richardsons-Trek RT||+6:41|
|41||48||Jonathan Bridge||Crimson Orientation Marketing R||+6:49|
|42||25||Ben Hardy||SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling||+7:04|
|43||125||Josh Housley||Team PB Performance||+7:44|
|44||83||Jordan Peacock||Spirit Tifosi Racing Team||+8:07|
|45||94||Ben Granger||Wheelbase Cabtech Castelli||+8:14|
|46||107||Cameron Richardson||Bioracer Moriarty Bikes||+10:29|
|47||71||Joe Evans||Saint Piran||+10:37|
|48||52||Jake Womersley||Crimson Orientation Marketing RT||+st|
|49||67||Theo Modell||Richardsons-Trek RT||+st|
|50||32||Mark Christian||Team Wiggins Le Col||+10:40|
|51||16||Jon Dibben||Madison Genesis||+st|
|52||11||Richard Handley||Madison Genesis||+st|
|53||14||Jonathan McEvoy||Madison Genesis||+st|
|54||75||Oliver Maxwell||Saint Piran||+st|
|55||118||William Perrett||Leisure Lakes Bikes.com||+st|
|56||64||Tobias Dahlhaus||Richardsons-Trek RT||+11:12|
|57||108||Tim Shoreman||Bioracer Moriarty Bikes||+11:13|
|58||49||Tarn Fynn||Crimson Orientation Marketing RT||+14:01|
|59||27||Will Bjergfelt||SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling||+14:36|
|60||113||Russell Downing||Giordana Racing||+14:38|
|61||82||Tom Mazzone||Spirit Tifosi Racing Team||+st|
|62||31||Peter Williams||SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling||+st|
|63||89||Archie Cross||Team B38 / Cycles in Motion||+14:41|
|64||124||Sion Harlow||Team PB Performance||+14:43|
|65||77||Frazier Carr||Spirit Tifosi Racing Team||+14:45|
|66||28||Jordan Reed||SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling||+23:31|