Tennant's Super in his first Premier Calendar event
ANDY Tennant sprinted to victory in the Tour of the Reservoir ahead of series leader Russell Downing on Sunday, winning his first ever Premier Calendar race.
The 22-year-old Wolverhampton rider was part of a break of 13 riders which got clear on the last of seven laps of a 12-mile circuit, but he attacked again shortly and the leaders were whittled down to three with the rest not far behind.
Tennant was clear with Dale Appleby (Candi TV-Pinarello), but when his rival punctured, Tennant attacked alone, and held on well to cross the line eight seconds ahead of Downing, while Tennant’s team-mate Rob Partridge was third, inches behind.
Rapha Condor team leader Dean Downing had been active all day and was part of the leading few riders, but on the line he had to be happy with fifth spot, just behind Sport Beans-Wilier rider Marcin Bialoblocki.
The race went off smoothly, with none of the policing problems that the led to the abandonment of the opening round in North Wales a fortnight ago.
The opening round of the National Junior Road Race Series was successfully completed in Wales, with Twickenham CC’s Alex King making the journey worthwhile in scoring a convincing victory.
SportCity Velo’s Simon Yates – a regular winner in the Manchester Track League – proved his prowess on the road with second spot, just ahead of Lotto Olympia prospect Dominic Schils.
Elsewhere, GB mountain bike ace Oli Beckingsale won the Ham Hill Road Race in Somerset on Sunday.
The Giant rider was part of a ten-strong leading group, but he was not content to wait for the sprint and attacked on the last lap prime, continuing his effort to cross the line 10 seconds ahead of his nearest rival, Somerset Road Club’s Greg Sandy, while GWR Team’s Nick Tilling took third.