Isle of Man Youth Tour Stage 3
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Sunday, May 2, 2010 | by Richard Allen | Full Results for all categories
Felix English (Team Pearsons) won the final junior category stage in the Isle of Man Youth Tour on Sunday. English was part of an eight man break and won the sprint by half a wheel from Chris Nicholson (Team Isle of Man-Microgaming).
In the closing stages of the 92km race, the lead group began to splinter and English and Nicholson were left to sprint for the stage win. “I was struggling in the last 10km but Gavin Keane (Irish National Team) gave me a good lead out which helped” said English after the race.
“I had managed to get away on my own and gained about a minute and a half before a few guys crossed the gap. It was bit disappointing to lose time yesterday on the Peel stage but I’m pleased to have won a stage.”
English had started the day 2minutes 3 seconds behind race leader Josh Edmundson (Motorpoint-Marshalls Pasta) and at one stage, was a threat to the yellow jersey as his group gained two minutes on Edmundson. That gap was reduced to less than a minute at the line.
Earlier in the final stage Sam Harrison (Planet X), who had started the day in second on GC and 12 seconds behind the leader, had made a few attacks in a bid to take overall victory. But each time Edmundson was able to close him down. At the finish of the Ramsey stage, Edmundson finished 10th.
Bolton rider Chris Latham (British Cycling North West Region) won the final circuit race stage in the Youth A category. Twenty-four hours after winning the stage one road race on the Ellerslie course Latham started the final stage as favourite. Latham was surprised by his win on stage one saying afterwards that he considers himself more suited to circuit races than hilly road races.On the tight circuit around the Isle of Man’s National Sports Centre in Douglas, Latham lived up to his own estimation.
It was a fast and furious start with a pile up on lap three bringing down three riders including Alexander Haddock (Team Isle of Man-Microgaming) and William Thomas (Sportcity Velo). There were no serious injuries and Latham avoided the crash. None of his rivals was able to make a decisive break on the 35 lap race on the 0.8km closed road circuit. At the finish Latham won convincingly in a bunch sprint to make it two out of three wins in the Youth A category. He had finished fourth in Friday’s prologue losing three seconds to stage winner Harry Tanfield (Velo 29).