Jess Finney (CAMS-Basso) rode away from her competition to take a superb solo victory in the women’s edition of the Stockton Cycling Festival Grand Prix.
The men’s race was a domination for WiV SunGod, as Jake Scott headed a clean sweep of the top three for the team, with Rob Scott and Jim Brown taking places on the podium – the latter also taking the overall National Road Series lead.
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Despite a diminished peloton due to a spate of Covid cases taking out riders, and the entire Alba Development Race Team, the action wasn’t quiet in the slightest.
Once the field made it from Stockton riverside through the liaison and out into the country, there were two early laps where the field kept itself pretty much bunched together – no one wanting to be the first to show their form or tire themselves out too early.
When moves did go on the ‘main’ circuit, they tended to not be out for too long. Indeed, our journal contributor Flora Perkins (Le Col – Wahoo) was involved in two such moves.
The first was with Corinne Side (Pro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes p/b Heidi Kjeldsen), Storey Racing’s Lucy Gadd and ARA Pro RACING Sunshine Coast’s Rachael Wales.
Through the feed zone the quartet had about half-a-dozen seconds on the chasing peloton behind, and once they went out deeper into the County Durham countryside, they were reabsorbed.
A lap later, and Perkins was at it again, this time joined by Emma Edwards (CAMS-Basso) and Robyn Clay from Otley CC. That again, though, didn’t stick.
Even a determined move from Connie Hayes (AWOL O’Shea) on the liaison section between the circuits was reeled back in as they hit the riverside road for the first time.
With breaks failing for the first half of the race, it was a surprise when one finally got away. Heading round the crit-style circuit with long straights and sweeping roundabouts, Finney broke clear with Hayes’ teammate Frankie Morgans-Slader.
The latter lasted alongside Finney for just a single lap, such was the high pace the CAMS-Basso rider was putting through the pedals.
On the second and third laps, it looked like the peloton was going to be able to marshal itself into some sort of attack but, despite being able to see Finney for long sections of the circuit such was the ‘here-and-back’ nature of the course, no move was forthcoming.
That gave Finney an untroubled run to the finish, 20 seconds ahead of the squabbling pack. The sprint was won by Millie Couzens for Plantur Pura, with Torelli-Cayman Islands – Scimitar’s Lee Boon rounding out the podium.
In the overall National Road Series, Alice McWilliam (Bianchi Hunt Morvélo) holds on to her Series lead after finishing 11th.
On 62 points, she has a 20-point advantage Anna Kay (StarCasino Team), with Finney’s win putting her on 38 points, four behind Kay and tied with Emma Jeffers (JRC-Interflon) – the leading Junior rider.
It’s close around the top five too, with Jessie Carridge (Brother UK-Orientation Marketing) on 36 – one ahead of Team Boompod’s Monica Greenwood.
The sunshine and blue skies that complemented the racing for the women’s encounter was replaced by sporadic heavy showers to give an extra bit of spice to what was an action-packed second round of the men’s National Road Series.
Heading up from Stockton to Thorpe Thewles for the main circuit, the action was furious right from the very start with the peloton electing to set a high pace around the country lanes.
The first move of significance came on the third run through the feed zone at Redmarshall with WiV SunGod moving the majority of its squad to the sharp-end of the field, briefly splintering the peloton before the race came back together together.
Other riders had a few digs off the front – notably Joe Shillabeer (05/03) and William Truelove’s (Wales Racing Academy) brief burst off the front. But nothing particularly stuck until the seventh lap.
At that point, with a number of groups starting to slip off the back of the main peloton, six riders went on the attack. Wiv SunGod’s Jake and Rob Scott were joined by Finn Crockett (Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling), Callum Thornley (Wheelbase Cabtech Castelli), Joe Wilson (Dolan Ellesse Race Team) and Dan Gardner (Project 51).
The group had just over a minute on the relatively disorganised chase behind until they got to the liaison section taking the field back into town. Here, the gap started to be eaten into with the leaders getting onto the A177 for the run back in with just over 40 seconds of an advantage.
Reaching the riverside circuit, the group of six found themselves under ever increasing pressure. The chasing group behind was making the most of the added visibility of the shorter circuit around Stockton riverside to really fix a target on the backs of the leaders.
Making the biggest move was Ollie Peckover (Ribble Weldtite) and new National Circuit Champion Matt Bostock (WiV SunGod). They bridged over, and Bostock’s team-mate Jim Brown added himself to the leading group too to make it four WiV riders in the top seven – Thornley dropping off as the pace got ever faster.
Once the four blue and white riders settled themselves within the leading group, it was very much like watching a pack of lions terrorising unsuspecting prey. Taking turns on the front, they forced their co-escapees to use up valuable energy to keep the four in check.
On the run to the finish for the penultimate time, the WiV attack stepped up even further with Brown and the two Scotts (Jake & Rob Scott), accelerating clear along with Wilson – the local lad getting an extra bit of motivation racing in front of his hometown crowds.
He couldn’t keep up though, and on the run across the Princess Alexandra Bridge for the final time Jake Scott made his race-winning move.
Through the final hairpin he had a good handful of seconds over his two team-mates -Wilson a few seconds further back – enough so that he had could zip up the jersey and raise his arms aloft as he took the chequered flag.
Rob Scott took second, as he and Brown – who takes over as the new National Road Series leader – casually rolled across the line. Wilson took a well-deserved fourth, while Bostock ensured a total WiV SunGod domination by edging Crockett to finish fifth.
In the overall standings, Brown leads by four points from Crockett, while Jake Scott’s win has propelled him up to third overall – 35 points in total for him and 11 down on Crockett.
Luke Lamperti (TRINITY Racing) is still in fourth on 30 points, thanks to his Rapha Lincoln Grand Prix triumph, but is having his heels nipped at by Rob Scott and Ben Perry who are tied two points behind.
The next round of the men’s and women’s National Road Series is the Lancaster Grand Prix on Sunday 17 July.
|2||113||Millie Couzens (U23)||Plantur-Pura||+9|
|3||96||Lee Boon (U23)||Torelli-Cayman-Islands-Scimitar||st|
|4||117||Anna Kay||StarCasino Team||st|
|5||81||Monica Greenwood||Team Boompods||st|
|7||125||April Tacey (U23)||Le Col – Wahoo||st|
|8||45||Emma Jeffers (JR)||JRC-INTERFLON Race Team||st|
|9||12||Frankie Morgans-Slader (U23)||AWOL Oshea||st|
|10||33||Beth Morrow (U23)||CAMS-Basso||st|
|11||20||Alice McWilliam||Bianchi Hunt Morvelo||st|
|12||86||Mary Wilkinson||Team Boompods||st|
|13||40||Beth Harley-Jepson||Jadan – Vive le Velo||st|
|14||29||Izzy Sharp||Brother UK-Orientation Marketing||st|
|15||124||Katarzyna Madej||Onyx RT||st|
|16||49||Niamh Murphy (JR)||Liv Cycling Club – Halo Films||st|
|17||16||Maddie Wadsworth (U23)||AWOL Oshea||st|
|18||47||Ella Jamieson (JR)||Liv Cycling Club – Halo Films||st|
|19||26||Grace Lister (JR)||Brother UK-Orientation Marketing||st|
|20||75||Kinga Ingram (U23)||Storey Racing||st|
|21||57||Bexy Dew||Pro-Noctis – Rotor – RedchilliBikes by Heidi Kjeldsen||st|
|22||23||Ellen Bennett (U23)||Brother UK-Orientation Marketing||st|
|23||48||Matilda McKibben (JR)||Liv Cycling Club – Halo Films||st|
|24||112||Robyn Clay (U23)||Otley CC||st|
|25||60||Zoe Langham||Pro-Noctis – Rotor – RedchilliBikes by Heidi Kjeldsen||st|
|26||28||Holly Ramsey (JR)||Brother UK-Orientation Marketing||st|
|27||53||Amber Harding||Loughborough Lightning||st|
|28||58||Lucy Ellmore (U23)||Pro-Noctis – Rotor – RedchilliBikes by Heidi Kjeldsen||st|
|29||101||Libby Smithson (U23)||AWOL Worx Galliard||st|
|31||65||Elizabeth Sanders||Saint Piran WRT||st|
|32||98||Rachael Wales||ARA Pro RACING Sunshine Coast||st|
|33||97||Annamarie Lipp (U23)||Torelli-Cayman-Islands-Scimitar||st|
|34||90||Tiffany Keep (U23)||Team LDN – Brother UK||st|
|35||72||Erin Avill (U23)||Storey Racing||st|
|36||13||Alice Lethbridge||AWOL Oshea||st|
|37||62||Jo Tindley||Pro-Noctis – Rotor – RedchilliBikes by Heidi Kjeldsen||st|
|38||19||Alderney Baker (U23)||Bianchi Hunt Morvelo||st|
|39||93||Kerry Middleton||Team LDN – Brother UK||st|
|40||15||Connie Hayes (U23)||AWOL Oshea||st|
|42||109||Flora Perkins (U23)||Le Col – Wahoo||st|
|43||21||Tamsin Miller||Bianchi Hunt Morvelo||+40|
|44||68||Gemma Sargent||Saint Piran WRT||+1:11|
|45||22||Daisy Barnes (U23)||Brother UK-Orientation Marketing||+5:28|
|46||92||Heather Mayer||Team LDN – Brother UK||st|
|47||88||Francesca Cutts||Team LDN – Brother UK||+10:27|
|48||85||Keri Parton||Team Boompods||+1Lap|
|1||102||Jacob Scott||WiV Sungod||3:55:25|
|2||106||Robert Scott||WiV Sungod||+4|
|3||104||Jim Brown (U23)||WiV Sungod||st|
|4||16||Joe Wilson (U23)||Dolan Ellesse Race Team||+18|
|5||103||Matthew Bostock||WiV Sungod||+36|
|6||30||Finn Crockett||Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling||st|
|7||128||Dan Gardner||Project 51||+39|
|8||33||Zeb Kyffin||Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling||+1:20|
|9||109||Oliver Wood||WiV Sungod||+1:37|
|10||35||Oliver Peckover||Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling||st|
|11||87||Samuel Beckett (U23)||Wales Racing Academy||st|
|12||13||Jack Crook||Dolan Ellesse Race Team||st|
|13||100||Matthew Fox (U23)||Wheelbase CabTech Castelli||st|
|14||43||Conor McGoldrick||Richardsons Trek DAS||st|
|15||42||James Jenkins||Richardsons Trek DAS||st|
|16||108||Josh Whitehead (U23)||WiV Sungod||st|
|17||110||Max Rushby (U23)||Acrog-Tormans||st|
|18||99||Callum Thornley (U23)||Wheelbase CabTech Castelli||st|
|19||10||Adam Mitchell (U23)||Cycling Sheffield||+1:40|
|20||15||Matthew Taylor (U23)||Dolan Ellesse Race Team||st|
|21||44||Steven Parsonage||Richardsons Trek DAS||+1:42|
|22||75||Jack Rootkin-Gray (U23)||Team Inspired||+3:17|
|23||50||Tom Mazzone||Saint Piran||+5:09|
|24||54||Farley Barber (U23)||Spirit BSS||st|
|25||122||Matthew Houlberg (U23)||Meudon Pedal Heaven Le Col RT||st|
|26||25||Sebastian Garry||Nopinz Motip Race Team||st|
|27||139||Ben Mewes||X-Speed United Continental Team||+5:11|
|28||52||Theodor Obholzer||Saint Piran||+5:37|
|29||3||Joe Shillabeer (U23)||05/03||+5:57|
|30||49||Cooper Sayers||Saint Piran||st|
|31||93||Joseph Beckingsale (U23)||Wales Racing Academy||st|
|32||73||Harry Birchill (U23)||Team Inspired||st|
|33||71||Oliver Hurdle||StolenGoat Race Team||st|
|34||123||Thomas Stringer||Moonglu Race Team||st|
|35||59||Frazier Carr||Spirit BSS||+7:00|
|36||56||Joe Hill||Spirit BSS||st|
|37||89||Liam James-Morris (U23)||Wales Racing Academy||st|
|38||19||Jamieson Blain (U23)||Embark – Bikestrong||st|
|39||94||William Truelove (U23)||Wales Racing Academy||st|
|40||79||Toby Jarvis||Team PB Performance||st|
|41||62||Lee Rosie (U23)||Spokes Racing Team||st|
|42||68||Oliver Maxwell||SRCT MUC-OFF||st|
|43||77||Jacques Coates (U23)||Team PB Performance||st|
|44||112||Tom Williams (U23)||Nopinz Motip Race Team||st|
|45||135||Sam Kettlewell (U23)||TS Racing||st|
|46||57||Josh Housley||Spirit BSS||st|
|47||116||Jamie Fletcher||Cycling Club Isle of Man||+7:04|
|48||24||Dean Watson||Embark – Bikestrong||+7:06|
|49||138||Philip Large||Wold Top The Edge RT||st|
|50||39||Sean Mullen||Richardsons Trek DAS||+7:08|
|51||55||Angus Hawkins (U23)||Spirit BSS||+7:09|
|52||141||Benjamin Bright (U23)||st|
|53||69||Matthew Warhurst (U23)||SRCT MUC-OFF||st|
|54||48||Michael Gill||Saint Piran||+7:44|
|55||117||Rhys Britton||EvoPro Racing||+7:50|
|56||47||William Bjergfelt||Saint Piran||st|
|57||46||Stephen Bradbury||Saint Piran||st|
|58||22||Joseph Rees (U23)||Embark – Bikestrong||+8:37|
|59||131||Nicholas Cooper||Sweden Cycling Academy||+11:21|
|60||21||David Hird (U23)||Embark – Bikestrong||+1Lap|
|61||132||Irfan Zaman (U23)||TBW23 Stuart Hall Cycling||+1Lap|
|62||134||Gregor McArthur (U23)||The Cycling Academy||+1Lap|
|63||27||Daniel Shoobridge||Nopinz Motip Race Team||+1Lap|
|64||83||Jude Taylor||Team PB Performance||+1Lap|
National Road Series standings
|1||Alice McWilliam||Bianchi Hunt Morvelo||62|
|2||Anna Kay||StarCasino Team||42|
|4||Emma Jeffers (JR)||JRC-INTERFLON Race Team||38|
|5||Jessie Carridge||Brother UK-Orientation Marketing||36|
|6||Monica Greenwood||Team Boompods||35|
|7||Beth Morrow (U23)||CAMS-Basso||34|
|8||Josie Nelson (U23)||Team Coop-Hitec Products||30|
|11||Millie Couzens (U23)||Plantur-Pura||28|
|12||Madelaine Leech (U23)||CAMS-Basso||28|
|13||Lee Boon (U23)||Torelli-Cayman-Islands-Scimitar||26|
|14||Eluned King||Le Col – Wahoo||26|
|15||Beth Maciver (U23)||Alba Development Road Team||24|
|17||Ellen McDermott||Team Boompods||20|
|18||Awen Roberts (JR)||Liv Cycling Club – Halo Films||20|
|19||April Tacey (U23)||Le Col – Wahoo||18|
|20||Kate Richardson (U23)||Alba Development Road Team||16|
|21||Emma Matthews||Team Boompods||16|
|22||Grace Lister (JR)||Brother UK-Orientation Marketing||16|
|23||Lucy Lee||Team LDN – Brother UK||14|
|24||Frankie Morgans-Slader (U23)||AWOL Oshea||14|
|25||Marine Guerin||Sprinter Nice Metropole||12|
|26||Madeleine Gammons||Saint Piran WRT||10|
|27||Amira Mellor||Spectra Wiggle p/b Vitus||9|
|28||Mary Wilkinson||Team Boompods||9|
|29||Beth Harley-Jepson||Jadan – Vive le Velo||8|
|30||Dannielle Khan||Solihull CC||8|
|31||Niamh Murphy (JR)||Liv Cycling Club – Halo Films||8|
|32||Isabel Darvill (U23)||Pro-Noctis – Rotor – RedchilliBikes by Heidi Kjeldsen||7|
|33||Izzy Sharp||Brother UK-Orientation Marketing||7|
|34||Jo Tindley||Pro-Noctis – Rotor – RedchilliBikes by Heidi Kjeldsen||7|
|35||Lucy Ellmore (U23)||Pro-Noctis – Rotor – RedchilliBikes by Heidi Kjeldsen||6|
|36||Katarzyna Madej||Onyx RT||6|
|37||Zoe Backstedt (JR)||Acrog-Tormans||6|
|38||Robyn Clay (U23)||Otley CC||5|
|39||Ella Maclean-Howell (JR)||Tofauti Everyone Active||4|
|40||Maddie Wadsworth (U23)||AWOL Oshea||4|
|41||Tamsin Miller||Bianchi Hunt Morvelo||4|
|42||Ella Jamieson (JR)||Liv Cycling Club – Halo Films||3|
|44||Tiffany Keep (U23)||Team LDN – Brother UK||2|
|45||Lucy Harris||Team Boompods||2|
|46||Kinga Ingram (U23)||Storey Racing||1|
|47||Suzetta Guerrini||Jadan – Vive le Velo||1|
|1||Jim Brown (U23)||WiV Sungod||50|
|2||Finn Crockett||Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling||46|
|3||Jacob Scott||WiV Sungod||35|
|4||Luke Lamperti||TRINITY Road Racing||30|
|5||Robert Scott||WiV Sungod||28|
|6||Benjamin Perry||WiV Sungod||28|
|7||Joe Wilson (U23)||Dolan Ellesse Race Team||24|
|8||Matthew Bostock||WiV Sungod||22|
|9||Alexandar Richardson||Le Col||22|
|10||Harry Birchill (U23)||Team Inspired||20|
|11||Sam Culverwell (U23)||TRINITY Road Racing||18|
|12||Dan Gardner||Project 51||18|
|13||Zeb Kyffin||Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling||16|
|14||Andrew Nichols||Team Lifting Gear Products||16|
|15||Conor McGoldrick||Richardsons Trek DAS||16|
|16||Oliver Wood||WiV Sungod||14|
|17||Max Walker||TRINITY Road Racing||14|
|18||Alistair Slater||Clancy Briggs Cycling Academy||12|
|19||Oliver Peckover||Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling||12|
|20||Matthew Teggart||WiV Sungod||10|
|21||Samuel Beckett (U23)||Wales Racing Academy||10|
|22||Jack Crook||Dolan Ellesse Race Team||9|
|23||Matthew Fox (U23)||Wheelbase CabTech Castelli||8|
|24||Leon Mazzone||Saint Piran||8|
|25||Robert Donaldson (U23)||Team Inspired||7|
|26||James Jenkins||Richardsons Trek DAS||6|
|27||George Kimber||Spirit BSS||6|
|28||Josh Whitehead (U23)||WiV Sungod||5|
|29||Max Rushby (U23)||Acrog-Tormans||4|
|30||Stuart Balfour||Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling||4|
|31||Callum Thornley (U23)||Wheelbase CabTech Castelli||3|
|32||Charlie Tanfield||Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling||3|
|33||William Perrett||Spellman – Dublin Port Track Team||2|
|34||Adam Mitchell (U23)||Cycling Sheffield||2|
|35||Matthew Taylor (U23)||Dolan Ellesse Race Team||1|
|36||George Wood (U23)||Cycling Sheffield||1|