The race in brief
Rory Townsend (Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes) claimed his third National Road Series win of the season at one the UK’s most prestigious races on Sunday, the Beaumont Trophy.
The first half of the race was marked by a breakaway consisting of recent Richardsons-Trek RT recruit Isaac Mundy, Jordan Peacock (Spirit Tifosi), local rider Thomas Mein (Tarteletto – Isorex) and Rob Scott (Team Wiggins Le Col).
So far, so normal. Midway through, however, the race was halted after a tractor had inadvertently made its way onto the course, part blocking the road (more on this later). After some confusion and delay, the race was restarted. With less than 40 km to go, National Road Series leader Matt Holmes (Madison Genesis) attempted to bridge across to the break, but by 30 kms the race was all back together again.
Not long after, a group of seven formed involving John Archibald and Dan Bigham (both Ribble Pro Cycling), Pete Williams (SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling), Callum MacLeod and Townsend (both Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes), Damien Clayton (Andy Moore Autocentres Racing) and Mark Christian (Team Wiggins Le Col). The group maintained their lead over the bunch behind all the way to the finish.
With just under a kilometre to go Dan Bigham struck out early. But he was chased down and joined by Townsend and Williams. Townsend’s sprinting prowess again scored him a win, with Williams taking second and a fast finishing Clayton in third.
WATCH 📺 the final 1KM of the men’s Beaumont Trophy! 🏆— HSBC UK | National Road Series (@NatRoadSeries) July 7, 2019
A group of seven managed to break away from the peloton and fought it out in a fast sprint to the finish line! 🙌🏁#BeaumontTrophy #NationalRoadSeries pic.twitter.com/1fXZbCXwHF
#tractorgate. Social media was ablaze after the race with different versions of events about what happened when the tractor interrupted the race.
The view from some Madison Genesis riders was that they had split the field to form a lead group of 15-20 riders before the race had reached the tractor, and they continued to ride hard for several kilometres afterwards to solidify their advantage. It was only then they were told the race was being neutralised. The peloton was then brought back together for the restart – with no time advantage given to the riders in the lead split – much to the frustration of Madison Genesis.
The other view, put by riders both in the lead split and those caught in the bunch behind, is the race hadn’t split pre-tractor. Madison had put it in the gutter and strung the race out, but it was the tractor itself, as well as poorly positioned
Whatever the truth – and we’re very deliberately avoiding pronouncing our own judgements (!) – it clearly sounded pretty chaotic. Lessons will need to be learned in order to minimise the risk of similar events happening again. Anyway, with that out of the way, on to the more positive stuff…
Team of the season? It’s only July and there is plenty of the season left, but Canyon
Rory Townsend’s on fire. If Canyon
Damien who? Townsend’s success this season doesn’t end with his own results. His coached rider Damien Clayton took a surprise podium at Beaumont, racing smartly to finish third. This is only Clayton’s third full road racing season, his first with Andy Moore Autocentres Racing. He still holds down a full-time job too. He started the season with a bang, taking 2nd at the early season Perfs Pedal race and has ridden solidly all season in the National Road Series, often riding without teammates. His coach may not be the only rider stepping up a level next season.
Ribble revival. It’s probably fair to say that Ribble Pro Cycling had a relatively slow start to the National Road Series. The lowest-ranked Continental team in the series standings, they were still searching for their first big result this season. Things have turned around fast for them in the last two weeks however. John Archibald’s stunning performance at the nationals was followed by a strong performance by Archibald and his Huub-Wattbike partner Dan Bigham. Both made it into the final selection, with Bigham first to attack in the final kilometre only to just miss out on a podium place to Clayton.
The return of Alex Peters. The return of former Madison Genesis and Team Sky rider Alex Peters to elite-level racing was a welcome sight. The 25 year-old from London had taken time out from cycling for the last two years, but recently popped up to take a win a Hog Hill. By all accounts he had a strong ride at the Beaumont, almost bridging across solo to the winning move of the day. Let’s hope we see him with a race number on again soon.
The National Road Series continues this Sunday, 14 July, with the Stockton Grand Prix.
Highlights of the Beaumont Trophy will be shown on Eurosport on Wednesday 10 July, 9.30pm.
Tour of Britain qualification standings here.
National Road Series standings here.
|1||7||Rory Townsend||Canyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes||4:19:09|
|2||32||Peter Williams||SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling||st|
|3||50||Damien Clayton||Andy Moore Autocentres Racing||+2|
|4||18||Daniel Bigham||Ribble Pro Cycling||st|
|5||6||Callum Macleod||Canyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes||+4|
|6||17||John Archibald||Ribble Pro Cycling||st|
|7||33||Mark Christian||Team Wiggins Le Col||+6|
|8||37||Tom Pidcock||Team Wiggins Le Col||+24|
|9||136||Joseph Nally||Team Inspired||st|
|10||135||Jim Brown||Team Inspired||st|
|11||48||Scott Thwaites||Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother||st|
|12||29||Jacob Scott||SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling||st|
|13||28||Ross Lamb||SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling||st|
|14||83||Tom Mazzone||Spirit Tifosi Racing Team||st|
|15||1||Matthew Bostock||Canyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes||st|
|16||73||Joseph Sutton||Richardsons-Trek RT||st|
|17||82||Leon Mazzone||Spirit Tifosi Racing Team||st|
|18||69||Isaac Mundy||Richardsons-Trek RT||st|
|19||40||Daniel Tulett||Team Wiggins Le Col||st|
|20||96||Joshua Price||Wales Racing Academy||st|
|21||91||Toby Jarvis||Team PB Performance||st|
|22||86||Jake Hales||Spirit Tifosi Racing Team||st|
|23||112||Alex Peters||BC Private Member||st|
|24||120||Russell Downing||Giordana Racing||st|
|25||81||George Clark||Spirit Tifosi Racing Team||st|
|26||3||Alexandar Richardson||Canyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes||st|
|27||68||Peter Cocker||Richardsons-Trek RT||st|
|28||64||Kieran Savage||Cycling Sheffield Giant Sheffie||st|
|29||53||Jonathan Fowles||Crimson Orientation Marketing R||st|
|30||98||William Roberts||Wales Racing Academy||st|
|32||93||Joseph Beckingsale||Wales Racing Academy||st|
|33||2||Daniel Pearson||Canyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes||st|
|34||70||Rhys Howells||Richardsons-Trek RT||st|
|35||106||William Orrell-Turner||Wheelbase CabTech Castelli||st|
|36||101||David Duggan||Wheelbase CabTech Castelli||st|
|37||21||Zeb Kyffin||Ribble Pro Cycling||st|
|38||74||Joe Evans||Saint Piran||st|
|39||31||George Wood||SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling||st|
|40||89||James Hill||Team PB Performance||st|
|41||133||Andrew Nichols||Team B38 / Cycles In Motion||st|
|42||77||Steve Lampier||Saint Piran||st|
|43||78||Oliver Maxwell||Saint Piran||st|
|44||107||Finn Crockett||Wheelbase CabTech Castelli||st|
|45||121||James Noonan||Hopper Rollers||st|
|46||131||Thomas Mein||Tarteletto – Isorex||st|
|47||76||Cameron Jeffers||Saint Piran||st|
|48||20||Richard Jones||Ribble Pro Cycling||st|
|49||38||Jacques Sauvagnargues||Team Wiggins Le Col||st|
|50||54||Matt Hallam||Crimson Orientation Marketing R||st|
|51||8||Jacob Vaughan||Canyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes||st|
|52||24||Jacob Tipper||Ribble Pro Cycling||st|
|53||116||Richard McDonald||Bioracer- Moriarty Bikes||st|
|54||71||James Jenkins||Richardsons-Trek RT||st|
|55||23||Alex Dalton||Ribble Pro Cycling||st|
|56||134||Jude Taylor||Team B38 / Cycles In Motion||st|
|57||150||Eugene Cross||Team B38 / Cycles In Motion||+31|
|58||87||James Chapman||Team PB Performance||st|
|59||26||Tristan Robbins||SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling||st|
|60||12||Matthew Holmes||Madison Genesis||st|
|61||119||Neil Scott||Deeside Thistle CC||st|
|62||109||James Coates||Wheelbase CabTech Castelli||st|
|63||62||Daniel Pullen||Cycling Sheffield Giant Sheffie||st|
|64||11||Joe Laverick||Madison Genesis||st|
|65||100||Samuel Tillett||Wales Racing Academy||st|
|66||16||Joey Walker||Madison Genesis||st|
|67||34||James Fouche||Team Wiggins Le Col||st|
|68||30||James Shaw||SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling||st|
|69||117||James Jobber||Brunei Continental Cycling Team||st|
|70||97||Joseph Rees||Wales Racing Academy||st|
|71||51||Dean Watson||Andy Moore Autocentres Racing||st|
|72||42||Adam Kenway||Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother||st|
|73||65||Louis Szymanski||Cycling Sheffield Giant Sheffie||st|
|74||36||Ben Healy||Team Wiggins Le Col||+36|