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- Sun, 13th Apr 2014
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- Road (Competitive)
- Somersham Village Hall Lower Road, Somersham, Ipswich, IP8 4PJ ( View map )
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Date Start Race name Classification Band Rider Cat Duration 13 Apr 14 09:00 E/1/2/3 National B Band 2 1st, 2nd, 3rd, ... 120km / 75m
|13 Apr 14||09:00||National B||Band 2||1st, 2nd, 3rd, Elite||120km / 75m|
Stones goes one better to win Autostrasse
Date: 13/04/2014 15:54
Source: Kevin Curtis
Autostrasse Porsche Racing Team Road Race
Report: Snowdon Sports
Liam Stones looked strong as he powered his way to first place in the Autostrasse Porsche Racing Team Road Race in Ipswich on Sunday.
Having narrowly lost out to Lewis Atkins in the Westerley Spring Crits the day before, Stones went one better to record a great win at the 11-lap race in Somersham which boasted a field of 55 riders.
On the second lap, it was Stones that instigated a break, putting a fierce attack in early on. Seven other riders responded to the dig and joined him as he pulled away.
The group of eight riders worked well together, building a large gap over a chasing pack of another six riders which formed on lap three.
There were two primes, one of which was won by Neon-Velo’s Alex Minting with five laps to go and then by GS Avanti rider, Jonathan Harris, with three to go.
As the end of the race approached, the leading group had opened up a gap of around three minutes on the chasing pack and the final climb of Willensham Hill provided a tense finale.
Lewis Stevens (Strada Sport) made a break for the line but Stones was still looking strong and overhauled him, taking victory by a couple of bike lengths.
Stones said after the race: “There was the early breakaway which I instigated by attacking off the front.
“I got 400 metres and then a few others came over and we set off went quickly. The lads did well to get it away on the last few laps.
“But then we had a few sitters on, a few not working hard enough. There were a few attacks but nothing stuck until the last lap.
“Coming into the final hill, Lewis attacked and everyone was looking to me to catch him. I got a bit worried and went after him.
“Then, I heard Lewis shouting so I knew he was in a bit of pain. He got over the first hill then I just wound it up past him. It wasn’t a complicated race but it wasn’t easy. I’m off to France because I’ve got Paris-Camembert race on Tuesday.”
1 Liam Stones (Team Raleigh)
2 Lewis Stevens (Strada Sport)
3 Alex Minting (Neon-Velo)
4 Douglas Coleman (CC Luton)
5 Edmond Bradbury (Cambridge University)
6 Simon Alexander (Richardson Trek)
7 Theo Doncaster (Ashwell CC)
8 Jonathan Harris (GS Avanti)
9 Ian Knight (Team Corley Cycles)
10 Richard Wood (Arbis Colbert)