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Build up to 2022 CiCLE classic continues…
…with the mens pro race team reveal.
Read it on “The British Continental” by clicking here.
Beautiful Brittany – despite the current weather
I always feel that despite being hillier than Rutland, Brittany has a lot in common with my local region.
There is an exposed coast that we dont have here, but the short punchy climbs do have plenty in common and the ribinou farm tracks sit nicely alongside those sectors of farm track we use in our own Rutland CICLE classic.
I noted in a post recently that I was in mid flow about how Tro Bro Leon, a single day classic that showcases this area and its off road culture, was the best days racing of 2021 to date.
Then the Giro went over the Strade Bianche on a chilly Tuscan day and I had to take some time to reset.
However, I am still at pains to highlight the wonderful nature of Tro Bro and talk about the fact it had a British winner in Connor Swift.
Not only were there up and down hill off road segments to race, there was windy exposed coast line and far from living up to its unofficial tag as “the Hipsters classic” the race was proving to be a hard mans classic.
Swift was joined in a breakaway by local rider Olivier Le Gac of Groupama/FDJ and they drove on through the mud and past lush green hedges to fight out the finish.
Piet Allegaert, a Belgian with Cofidis was also in the move and despite clearly being the strongest, our lad Connor launched his sprint early to make sure.
This saw off Le Gac who was out of it but as Swift threw his hands of the bars to celebrate, Allegaert threw his bike forward leading to a close photo finish.
It was a dramatic end to a brilliant race that had weather, terrain and the riders making it so enjoyable a watch.
|1||SWIFT Connor||Team Arkéa Samsic||200||125||5:18:38|
|2||ALLEGAERT Piet||Cofidis, Solutions Crédits||150||85||,,|
|3||PLANCKAERT Baptiste||Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux||125||60||,,|
|4||LE GAC Olivier||Groupama – FDJ||100||50||,,|
|5||TILLER Rasmus||Uno-X Pro Cycling Team||85||45||,,|
|6||DEGENKOLB John||Lotto Soudal||70||40||0:26|
|7||NAESEN Oliver||AG2R Citroën Team||60||35||,,|
|8||WELTEN Bram||Team Arkéa Samsic||50||30||,,|
|9||LAPORTE Christophe||Cofidis, Solutions Crédits||40||26||,,|
|10||GENIETS Kevin||Groupama – FDJ||35||22||,|
We haven’t even mentioned Phillippe Gilbert attacking from the chasing group late on but not being able to make the top 10.
It’s one for my bucket list to go and watch and ride the course. I can’t wait.
Canadian pro team Rally Cycling posted this gallery which captures the mood perfectly…
There is still a CICLE Classic this summer…
Whilst the mens pro race is cancelled again, there will be top level racing in Rutland.
…and we cant wait :0)
Rutland CiCLE Classic joins an ever expanding list…
British Cycling has put a post out cancelling all forms of bike racing for the foreseeable future and that includes our own local “Flemish Classic” just up the road in Rutland.
I am particularly devastated as I have a long relationship with the race and its associated sportive.
So whilst I understand and accept wholeheartedly the reasons for this. I want to express my support for the organisers and hope against hope the event will be back next year.
Elsewhere the actual Flemish classics appear lost for 2020 with Paris-Roubaix now offically postponed.
Stay safe all and speak soon.
Timings for 2020 CiCLE Classic released.
Bourne CiCLE Classic canned
After only one edition South Kesteven’s premier bike race has been cancelled.
With the Lincoln Grand Prix also under threat its not a good time for racing in our local area.
It seems to be standard that races in this part of the world come and go. We all remember the Tour of the Fens which ran around Whittlesey for a couple of years. That was across virtually empty Fenland tracks and still got cancelled so something on the busier roads around Bourne and Stamford was always in trouble.
The Rutland CiCLE Classic remains and we should all get out there and support it to protect it.
The Peloton heads from Oakham into Cold Overton before looping back on to the climb.
Cold Overton Hill Lap one CiCLE Classic 2017