Matt Bostock (Canyon DHB p/b Bloor Homes) won the inaugural Newcastle Crit – round three of the HSBC UK | National Circuit Series – from local boy Thomas Mein (Tarteletto – Isorex) in second.
An initial group of four including Bostock, Ryan Christensen (Canyon DHB p/b Bloor Homes), Jacob Scott (SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling) and Mein put time into the main bunch in the opening laps after an attack by Scott, who would go on to finish third.
That gap would be extended to over a minute by Mein by the end of the one-hour race, after taking the attack up from the front, dropping Scott and Christensen, with only Bostock able to go with him.
Mein’s attack took some early prisoners too, including George Wood (SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling) who was third in the overall standings prior to the evening’s racing, Graham Briggs (Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK) and Gabriel Cullaigh (Team Wiggins Le Col) also of note. A total of 34 riders would register as DNF’s by the end of the race after Mein’s blistering run to the finish.
The Tarteletto – Isorex rider had been on the front of the under-23 duo for close to an hour, Bostock providing little help. However, it would still come down to a sprint between the two for the finish line, eventually being taken by in-form Bostock fresh from his wins at the Otley GP and Wales Open Crit.
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The HSBC UK | National Circuit Series continues with round four in Colne (July 16) before round five in Barnsley (July 19) and concluding with round six in Sheffield (July 24) to decide the series winner.