Tour of the Wolds Race Report- 10/04/2017 -
It was another beautiful day for a bike race as the ONE Pro Cycling squad made their way to Louth, Lincolnshire for the second round of the British Cycling Spring Cup.
From the flag, numerous attacks were attempted at the front of the peloton, but it soon became clear crosswinds were going to cause problems. Within the first 20km there were two separate breakaways each containing 6 riders but all were short lived. After 18km of racing ONE Pro Cycling took to the head of the field to position the team in the best possible place as the race hit the narrow country lanes for the first time.
A break of 6 managed to go clear including Tom Baylis, building up an advantage of 30 seconds before Team Raleigh took control at the head of the peloton to bring it all back together. As the race hit the 40km mark over 50 riders had already been distanced from the peloton due to the strong crosswinds. By the time they reached the first ‘leg sapping’ climb of Nettleton Top, a break of 10 riders managed to go clear including Polish Powerhouse Karol Domagalski and Kiwi Hayden McCormick.
With the peloton slowing momentarily, the break extended their lead to 1 minute and 25 seconds and once again Team Raleigh took up their position at the head of the peloton and over the next 30km, working hard to bring the break back. However, on the third and final up the Nettleton climb with a maximum gradient of 25% (average 15%) Hayden McCormick went clear with 3 other riders and quickly gained an impressive advantage of 1 minute with 50km’s remaining.
JLT Condor then took their turn at the front of the peloton to ride the breakaway down, and over the course of the next 20km, they eventually absorbed the break of 4 back into the bunch. Due to the pace JLT Condor exerted on the peloton, the bunch reduced to only 22 riders as they descended into Louth and the entrance of the finishing circuit.
JLT Condor remained in control of the peloton throughout the closing laps with ONE Pro Cycling lined up behind them. With 2km remaining the team looked to move Steele Von Hoff into position to allow the Australian Sprinter to go head to head with fellow Aussie Brenton Jones. (JLT). An exciting run into the finish, Brenton Jones showed great form sprinting in to take victory with Von Hoff taking second position by a couple of bike lengths.
With another strong performance from ONE Pro, it has put two riders, Hayden McCormick and Steele Von Hoff, into the top five overall riders in the Spring Cup series and it's also placed the team at the top of the team classification with only two races to go.
Next up, the team head to the Chorley Grand prix on Saturday 15 April, for the third and penultimate round of the British Cycling Spring Cup, which will suit a completely diferent kind of rider with a hilly and very challenging course, definitely one for the spectators.