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- Start Date:
Sat, 1st Mar 2014
- Event Type:
Aintree Motor Racing Circuit, Aintree Building, Aintree Way, Aintree Racecourse Retail & Bus Pk, Liverpool, Lancashire, L9 5AQ
- Entry close date
Sun, 24th Feb 2013
Classic season-opening cycle race at Aintree Racecourse
Full competitor list and event manual now available to view and download on the website http://www.ccsdigital.org.uk/Soens_Home.htm
|Date||Start||Race name||Classification||Band||Rider Cat||Race length|
|1/03/14||09:30||E/1/2/3/4 - 80 km||Regional C+||Band 5||1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, ...||80km / 50 miles|
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|Sat 01/03/14||09:30||Regional C+||Band 5||1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Elite|
Entry: Postal: (£18.00), On Day: (£24.00)
Sat 01/03/14 - 09:30
Classification: Regional C+
Band: Band 5
Rider Cat: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Elite
Entry: Postal: (£18.00), On Day: (£24.00)
Posted 01/03/2014 - Carl Lawrenson
53rd Eddie Soens Memorial Handicap
Report: Snowdon Sports
TEAM Raleigh’s Ian Wilkinson sprinted to victory in the 2014 Eddie Soens Memorial at Aintree Racecourse on Saturday, holding off two breakaway rivals at the end of the 81-kilometre race.
For many teams it was their first outing of the season, and the field boasted several of the country’s top domestic squads who went on to dominate the podium.
With riders set off in four handicap groups and separated by a maximum of three minutes (between the first group of 4th cat riders, juniors and women, and the elite and 1st cat riders), it took the fast men a few laps before they managed to bring the 30-lap race together.
But once it was down to one big bunch, it didn’t take long before the attacks started coming.
Shortly after the elite riders had caught the early groups and moved to the front, they formed a large group at the front as the rest began falling away.
But with six laps to go the first serious attack came, with Wilkinson hitting out alongside rivals Graham Briggs (Rapha Condor-JLT), Rob Partridge (Velosure-Giordana) and Dillon Byrne (Champion System).
But the pace proved too much for Byrne and he dropped back with three laps remaining, leaving the big guns of Wilkinson, Partridge and Briggs to fight it out.
In the sprint it was 34-year-old Lancashire rider Wilkinson – whose previous best performance in the Eddie Soens was second to Chris Newton in 2003 - who took the win, with Briggs narrowly behind and Partridge similarly close, while the bunch trailed in around half a minute later.
“It’s great to get a win early in the season, both for me personally and for Team Raleigh too,” said Wilkinson, who rode for Team Raleigh in the Tour of the Mediterranean and the Tour du Haut Var in the south of France last month.
“It was quite cold, but other than that it was perfect conditions today,” he added. “It took a fair bit of riding to get the early groups back. But once it was together the big teams, like Team Raleigh and Rapha Condor, put in a lot of work to make something happen.
“Once we were clear it took the pressure off a bit, but as we got near the finish I knew it would be between me and Briggs. We’ve had plenty of tussles over the years, and I knew he was my main rival.
“But he was third wheel coming round the final corner, and I had just enough in the tank to lead it out from there and hold on for the win.”
1 Ian Wilkinson (Team Raleigh) 1:40:05
2 Graham Briggs (Rapha Condor-JLT)
3 Rob Partridge (Velosure-Giordana) all at same time
4 Chris Opie (Rapha Condor-JLT) at 7sec
5 Felix English (Rapha Condor-JLT)
6 Evan Oliphant (Team Raleigh)
7 Alex Blain (Team Raleigh)
8 Morgan Kneisky (Team Raleigh)
9 Matt Cronshaw (Velosure-Giordana)
10 Philip West (VC St Raphael) all at some time
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|Position||Name||Club name||Rider status||Category||Points|
|1||Ian Wilkinson||Raleigh GAC||Finished||Elite||10|
|2||Graham Briggs||JLT Condor||Finished||Elite||8|
|3||Robert Partridge||Giordana-Mitsubishi Electric R...||Finished||Elite||7|
|4||Chris Opie||JLT Condor||Finished||Elite||6|
|5||Felix English||JLT Condor||Finished||Elite||5|
|6||Evan Oliphant||Raleigh GAC||Finished||Elite||4|
|7||Alexandre Blain||Raleigh GAC||Finished||Elite||0|
|9||Matt Cronshaw||Giordana-Mitsubishi Electric R...||Finished||Elite||1|
|10||Philip West||VC St Raphael||Finished||3rd||1|