Road: Gullen soloes to clear Squadra win

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Location: Burton Fleming, East Riding of Yorkshire
Event: 22 July 2012
Report: Snowdon Sports


Out on his own for the last two laps of the 7.5-mile Burton Fleming circuit, James Gullen (Metaltek-Scott) came home a decisive winner of Squadra RT’s Summer Road Race to record his sixth victory of the season.

The 22-year-old, from Leeds, was in the thick of the action from the start of the ten-lap race, getting away in a break with four other riders on the opening lap, and after the leaders had risen to around 20 at the halfway mark, he went off the front again with Jamie Sparling (Raleigh GAC) two and a half laps from the finish.

Sparling dropped back to the chasing group next time up the climb to the finish, leaving Gullen to make his own way home with his advantage passing three minutes by the line where local man Dave Shackleton (Wilsons Wheels RT), from Hull, took the sprint for second place ahead of Simon Holt (Raleigh GAC).

“I didn’t want to look behind me, I just kept going and I didn’t have any time checks,” said Gullen. “It’s nice to win alone.

“With three to go people were starting to attack, Simon Wilson was going with things as well, and we knew we had to try to get away.

“I won a couple of early season races, then not much happened, but I’m starting to get some form back now. I rode the Circuit Series races at Colne and Beverley which were hard but really bring you on.”

Result:

1 James Gullen (Metaltek-Scott) 2-57-40
2 Dave Shackleton (Wilsons Wheels RT) at 3-20
3 Simon Holt (Raleigh GAC)
4 Simon Wilson (Metaltek-Scott)
5 Tom Stewart (RST Racing Team)
6 Tom Murray (Team IG-Sigma Sport)
7 Steven Guymer (Active/CPCycles RT)
8 Jack Cutsforth (Team Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes.com)
9 Ben Ives (We Love Mountains)
10 Matt Sumpton (RST Racing Team)


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