Road: Sumner wins latest Imperial Winter Series race

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Location: Hillingdon, London
Event: 8 December 2012
Report: Snowdon Sports

Beeline Bicycles rider Ben Sumner soloed to victory in the second round of the Imperial Winter Series Road Race at Hillingdon on Saturday.

The 19-year-old from near Reading crossed the line around 20 seconds ahead of long-time breakaway rival Conall Yates (In Gear-Quickvit) who held on for second spot after suffering over the closing miles.

“Conall had escaped already early in the race, but I attacked after five laps and caught him,” said Sumner, who is better known as a cyclo-cross rider and is currently lying third in the National Trophy Series Under-23 series.

“We worked well together and got a gap of around 40 seconds quite quickly. We took turns, but only really swapped over once on each lap. I would do the hills and he would do the rest, as he’s a good time trialler.

“With two laps to go I saw that he was struggling, so I attacked him and I put about 15 seconds into him by the line.

“It’s nice to have a change of scene – I’m only really riding this for a week off from the cross, but I’ll be back next week for the fifth round of the National Trophy.”

Behind Sumner and Yates, experienced all-rounder Richard Prebble (Node 4-Giordana) took third spot.

Twickenham CC’s Graham York won the third category race, holding off Jacek Reder (unattached) who was placing second for a second consecutive round of the series.

Meanwhile, Ian Phillips (unattached) took victory in the fourth cat race.


1 Ben Sumner (Beeline Bicycles)
2 Conall Yates (In Gear-Quickvit RT)
3 Richard Prebble (Node 4-Giordana)

Third Cat:
1 Graham York (Twickenham CC)
2 Jacek Reder (unattached)
3 Greg Wiltshire (Kingston Wheelers)

Fourth Cat:
1 Ian Phillips (unattached)
2 James Bird (unattached)
3 James Coleman (Cadence RT) Primes:

1st Conall Yates
2nd Ben Sumner
3rd Jerry Collingwood

3rd Cats
1st Greg Wiltshire
2nd Ed Rose
3rd Andrew Strong

4th Cats
1st Ben Smithers
2nd Alex Tinsley
3rd Philip Han

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