Roy Thame Cup and Spring Chicken RR
Location: Winslow, Buckinghamshire
Event: 9 March 2013
Report: Snowdon Sports
Continuing Rapha Condor JLT’s flying start to the season, Ed Clancy again showed his power in a bunch sprint to win Hemel Hempstead CC’s 120-km Roy Thame Cup road race and record his second victory in as many weekends.
The Olympic team pursuit gold medallist punctured twice as the potholed course around the Claydon villages, in Buckinghamshire, claimed a whole string of victims, but was in the right position when it mattered to cross the line two lengths clear of Richard Lang (Team Raleigh) with third place going to Oliver Rossi (Twenty3c.co.uk-Focus).
Attacks were thick and fast throughout the five-lap race, but all the breaks were brought back until Matt Cronshaw (Team IG-Sigma Sport) went clear early on the final lap and opened up a gap of around 30 seconds.
It wasn’t to be, however, and he was reeled back in by the chasing pack on the back of the circuit with Clancy hitting the front 500 metres out and never challenged as he followed up his Eddie Soens win in style.
The supporting three-lap Spring Chicken Road Race was won by 19-year-old James Locker (V-Sprint) from Lapworth, Warwickshire.
Roy Thame Cup (E/1/2):
1 Ed Clancy (Rapha Condor JLT)
2 Richard Lang (Team Raleigh)
3 Oliver Rossi (Twenty3c.co.uk-Focus)
4 Felix English (Rapha Condor JLT)
5 Tom Moses (Team Raleigh)
6 Richard Hepworth (Node4 Giordana Racing)
7 William Bjergfelt (MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling)
8 Robert Small (Metaltek-Knights of Old RT)
9 Aaron Buggle (Rapha Condor JLT)
10 Steve Lampier (Node4 Giordana Racing)
Spring Chicken RR (3/4):
1 James Locker (V-Sprint)
2 Jordan Bason (MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling)
3 Hamish Floyd (GS Henley)
4 James Archibald (GS Henley)
5 Ed Palfreeman (Arbis-Colbert Cycles RT)
6 Harry Walton (Cheltenham & County CC)
7 Andrew Daniels (Zappi’s CC)
8 Henry Farrell (Welwyn Wheelers)
9 Joe Fox (MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling)
10 Richard Jerome (Willesden CC)
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