Location: Sharlston, Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Event: 8 September 2013
Report: Snowdon Sports
Taking his third road race victory inside a month, Graham Briggs (Team Raleigh) outsprinted last remaining rival Kit Gilham (Metaltek-Knights of Old) to win BBM Revolution’s 72-mile promotion over 12 laps of the popular Sharlston circuit in West Yorkshire.
Adam Duggleby (Wheelbase Altura MGD), the winner of the Sportscover Classic on the same circuit three weeks earlier, led home a chasing group of six riders to take third place.
Briggs (pictured) was in an early four-man break which stayed away until the first of two primes after four laps and figured in another break with Tom Bustard (Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes.com) before the winning move was made around the halfway mark, the eventual winner going clear with Gilham and Matt Robinson (All Terrain Cycles) who eventually dropped back but took the award for best second-category rider.
“It was really aggressive from the start and I just made sure I was in front all the time and not on the back foot,” said 30-year-old Briggs, from Doncaster.
“I kept getting away in little breaks and it would come back together, but I finally got away with Kit and Matt and it was game on.
“Matt was dropped to leave the two of us, and I was confident I could win in the sprint.
“I’m feeling all right at the moment. I’ve been doing a few 10-mile time trials, which seem to be helping with my form, and some hill climbs – just different types of races, trying to keep it going for a few more weeks.”
1 Graham Briggs (Team Raleigh)
2 Kit Gilham (Metaltek-Knights of Old RT)
3 Adam Duggleby (Wheelbase Altura MGD)
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