2013 Tour of the Wrekin
Location: Worfield, Shropshire
Event: 1 September 2013
Report: Snowdon Sports
Graham South (Paramount CRC) surged clear on the final climb at the Tour of the Wrekin to claim his first ever road race victory.
On a windy morning 50 riders set out from Worfield Village Hall to complete 2.75 laps of a rolling circuit making a total distance of 54 miles.
On the first lap a breakaway of nine riders went clear but were reeled back in by a resurgent peloton.
Then up the main climb coming up to the bell the race split into three groups the first of 15 riders, the second of 25 and the third of 20 riders but after a series of attacks the race came together.
On the last lap the race split again after a crash involving eight riders meant that there were three groups on the road once more.
By the top of the finishing climb, South, aged 39, from Telford surged forward on the flat to take the win ahead of Sean Townsend in second and Mark McNulty in third.
A group of 15 riders came in five seconds behind the leaders followed by the rest within a minute of the winner.
1 Graham South (Paramount CRT)
2 Sean Townsend (Gloucester City CC)
3 Tony Childs (Stafford Road Club)
4 Mark Sims (Climb On Bikes CC)
5 Mark McNulty (unattached)
6 James Alexander (Fred Williams Cycles)
7 David Weir (Bio-Tensamn)
8 Steve Lynn (West Midlands Police)
9 Ryan Ballard (Team Jewson)
10 James Woodier (Abergavenny Road Club)
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