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Road: Jarisch wins opening stage of Primera Purbeck

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Location: Wareham, Dorset
Event: 28-29 September 2013
Report: Eamonn Deane/Snowdon Sports

Calton Jarisch (Felt-Colbourne-Hargroves RT) won the opening 50 mile stage of the Primera Purbeck 2 day, leading an exciting uphill finish above Lulworth Cove in Dorset.

Jarisch had animated the race, escaping on the third lap with Tony Kiss (Dynamic Bicycles UK/RPC).

The pair got away across Bovington Heath and built a lead of 40 seconds and with the Felt-Colbourne team controlling the bunch, the move looked good.

However, the gap was down to 23 seconds at the bell and the remains of the peloton were altogether the final time through East Lulworth.

Robert Ward, John Heaton-Armstrong and Chris Spence drilled it across the heath for Jarisch and although the finale was tight, the 26-year-old Texan deserved the win.

Unattached Hugh Knudsen grabbed second ahead of Rob Ward. The long drag up from the village of Wool took its toll on the 80-strong field with riders being dropped from lap one, Jarisch will be well supported on 55-mile stage two and it seems only some brave, attacking riding can stop the Felt-Colbourne boys.

Jarisch said: “It was tough, a pretty windy exposed course, I was away in a little two man break, we got away on the fast part of the course surprisingly, we got some time bonuses but we got caught after the descent. My team were really organised, we kept it all together. My team did it, they rode perfectly.”

Stage one provisional result:

1 Colton Jarisch (Felt-Colbourne-Hargroves RT) – 25 secs bonus
2 Hugh Knudsen (Unattached) - 10 secs bonus
3 Rob Ward (Felt-Colbourne-Hargroves RT) - 5 secs bonus
4 James Plumb (Unattached) - 6 secs bonus
5 Eduardo Martinez Llarena (Unattached) – 5 secs bonus
6 George Fowler (1st Chard Wheelers) - 3 secs bonus
7 Mike Ward
8 Danny Axford (Arctic Sram RT)
9 Mike Mottram (AW Cycles)
10 Ian Palmer (Santa Cruz Syndicate)
1 Colton Jarisch
2 Hugh Knudsen +15secs
3 Tony Kiss +18secs
4 James Plumb + 19 secs
5 Rob Ward +20secs
6 Eduardo Martinez LLarena +20 secs
7 George Fowler +22secs
8 Mike Ward +25secs
9 Danny Axford +25 secs
10 Mike Mottram +25 secs

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