Attacking on the final climb of Bulmer Bank, Ben Greenwood (Vanillabikes.com) rode away from his last two remaining rivals to score a deserved win in the 77-mile York Cycleworks Elite Road Race at Sheriff Hutton.
Taking 100 metres out of Tom Stewart (RST Racing Team) and Kit Gilham (Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes) by the top of the 1.2-mile climb, 27-year-old Greenwood kicked again on the run to Ganthorpe before extending his advantage to around a minute on the fast run to the finish from Terrington as he ended a run of second places in the last two weekends.
The race was strung out from the start in dry but breezy conditions, and the three leaders came from a group of six riders which formed at the front on the fifth of the seven laps and was reduced by half before the bell.
1 Ben Greenwood (Vanillabikes.com) 3-12-00
2 Tom Stewart (RST Racing Team) at 1-00
3 Kit Gilham (Herbalife-Leisure Lakes) same time
4 Gunnar Gronlund (RST Racing Team)
5 Matthew Pilkington (Team Bglobal)
6 Adam Duggleby (Sportscover Altura RT)
7 Scott Thwaites Racing)
8 Richard Bott (Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes)
9 Ben Dean (Team Bglobal)
10 Tom Barras (Metaltek-Scott)
British Cycling would like to thank the organising team, officials and everyone else who helped promote this event. Our sport could not exist without the hundreds of people, many of them unpaid volunteers, who put in many hours of hard work running events, activities and clubs.