Location: Stamfordham, Northumberland
Event: 30 March 2013
Report: Snowdon Sports
Racing for the first time in four weeks, Tom Stewart (Sportscover/Bioracer) sprinted to victory ahead of Matt Cronshaw (IG Sigma Sport) and Tom Bustard (Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes) after 80 miles of hard racing on the tough Ryals circuit in Northumberland.
Under-23 Stewart was one of three riders who bridged a gap of around a minute on the last of the four laps to get across to a five-strong leading group who, including Cronshaw and Bustard, were themselves the survivors of a break that went clear around four miles into the Newcastle Cheviot CC race.
The initial break of nine included MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling pair Magnus Backstedt and Davie Lines, who both lost their places when they punctured – a fate which also befell Dean Downing (Madison Genesis) who managed to chase back successfully as the leaders extended their advantage.
Backstedt and his team-mates worked hard to bring the gap down, providing a springboard for Stewart, Will Bjergfelt (MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling) and Pete Williams (IG Sigma Sport) to jump away and reach the front five who also included Steve Lampier (Node4 Giordana Racing) and James Moss (IG Sigma Sport).
The deciding move came on the second part of the final climb where the first three pulled away to contest the sprint, leaving Williams to take fourth place.
1 Tom Stewart (Sportscover/Bioracer)
2 Matt Cronshaw (IG Sigma Sport)
3 Tom Bustard (Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes)
4 Pete Williams (IG Sigma Sport)
5 Steve Lampier (Node4 Giordana Racing)
6 Will Bjergfelt (MC-Maxifuel Pro Cycling)
7 Scott McCrossan (Rock To Roll Cycles)
8 James Moss (IG Sigma Sport)
9 Dean Downing (Madison Genesis)
10 Jamie Caldwell (MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling)
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