MONDAY'S BRITISH NEWS ROUND-UP
FROOME ON FORM
Britain’s Chris Froome (Barloworld) has ended his 2008 season with a fine ride in Australia at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour.
Froome finished second on the toughest stage of the race and held his gains on the general classification to finish an impressive fourth overall, 0.52 behind race-winner Stuart O’Grady.
Froome will remain with the Italian Barloworld squad for next season.
FIELD IN BELGIUM
Britain’s Ian Field, current leader of the cyclo-cross National Trophy, was in Belgium yesterday for the first round of the cyclo-cross World Cup.
Field is quickly finding his feet on the continent and finished a respectable 3.07 behind race-winner and cyclo-cross legend Sven Nys in 37th place.
Field will look to retain his lead in the National Trophy this weekend at Chantry Park, Ipswich. See this week’s Cycling Weekly for a ride with Field.
WORLD CUP BRITS
Staying with cyclo-cross, two British women were racing in the first round of the women’s World Cup yesterday in Belgium.
Helen Wyman and Gabriella Day (both of Swift Racing) finished 12th and 18th respectively in a strong showing against some tough opposition, which included the likes of Daphny Van Den Brand and Hanka Kupfernagel.
CUMMINGS ROUNDS OFF THE SEASON
Steve Cummings (Barloworld) rounded off his most successful season to date at the Tour of Lombardy on Saturday.
Cummings missed the final selection and finished 74th, 9.27 behind a rampant Damiano Cunego.
Cummings can now look back on a successful season, where he won the Coppa Bernocchi, a stage of the Giro della Provincia di Reggio Calabria and second in the Tours of Denmark and Britain.
SOUTHPORT SIGNS UP
Southport has become the latest town to sign up for The Tour Series for next year, after news that Woking has been confirmed as one of the first towns to register.
The series, planned by Tour of Britain organisers Sweetspot, will pit some of Britain’s finest cyclists against one another over ten rounds of elite city-centre criteriums.
With the series planned to coincide with the warmer climes of the summer months, it remains to be seen how it will fit in with the existing National Circuit Race Series and the Nocturne events.
Other towns and cities rumoured to be hosting a round of the series include Milton Keynes, York, Stoke-on-Trent, Exeter, Darlington and Derby.