Wednesday's British news round-up
PATTEN WINS IN SWEDEN
British rider, Daniel Patten, yesterday won a stage in the U6 Cycle Tour in Sweden for the Magnus Maximuscoffee.com team of Magnus Backstedt.
Patten escaped on the second stage of the race with two team-mates and were instructed by Backstedt to fight it out for the win.
Working as a strong cohesive unit, the trio worked together to put as much time into the rest of the field as possible, but it was Patten who took the stage in an uphill sprint.
"There was definitely to be no coming into the finish and crossing the line together," said Backstedt.
"It was every man for himself. They worked very well together during the stage and it was great to see Dan take the win. We now have three riders in a good position, but we will have to be vigilant over the coming days".
General Classification after stage 2
1 Alexander Wetterhall Team MagnusMaximusCoffee.com 4:14:12
2 Daniel Patten Team MagnusMaximusCoffee.com at 0-20
3 Niklas Gustavsson Team MagnusMaximusCoffee.com at 0-31
4 Martin Uthus Ringerike SK at 2-25
5 Eirik Kaasa Jarlseth Ringerike SK at 2-38
6 Mads Meyer Team Energi Fyn
7 Martin Andersson Oskarshamns CK
8 Mattias Jansson Motala AIF CK at 2-40
WYMAN WINS AFTER SIX-WEEK BREAK
Helen Wyman won her first road race on returning to racing after a six-week break with an impressive performance in Steenokkerzeel in Belgium on Saturday.
Wyman left the Vision 1 team recently to focus on cyclo-cross, so she entered the road race as an individual.
“It was a totally different experience racing on my own, and just for myself,” said Wyman.
“I’ve spent so long in a professional team now; it was a really unfamiliar feeling. I’m really grateful to the people that have shown faith in me [and] who have helped me continue in cycling.”
After four laps of the 15-lap race, Helen attacked the peloton and gained a gap of 25 seconds. Former Belgian Champion Corine Hierckens, who rides professionally with Italian-based team Fenix, quickly joined her. The two worked together in front of the chasing pack and took the lead to just over one minute.
“Coming into the last lap I knew I had to be really careful, as Hierckens is a very good sprinter. She took my wheel a long way out from the finish so I knew I was going to have to be very careful about her trying to jump past. I just kept focused and managed to match her all the way to the line, and finally pull away to win with about 10 meters to go,” explained Wyman.
“I’m in the process of putting together a group of sponsors to support me as a full time rider. Fingers crossed I’ll be able to finalise a contract soon, the cyclo-cross season is coming up very soon”.
FIRST WIN OF THE YEAR FOR COPELAND
British espoir rider Tom Copeland took his first win in France recently, but insists that his training approach has not changed.
“[My] training hasn’t really changed much,” said Copeland, but “I've started doing some motor pacing this year behind the scooter when nearing targets but that’s the only new approach.”
Copeland won a round of a French 1st category series in the west of Brittany.
“Racing the Tour of Brittany gave me a lot of confidence in myself as a rider and also I learnt a lot about how to ride and how to save energy! Now I have won out here I am dead-set on getting a handful more wins before the end of the season, but the next step is to win an elite race which is the type of race you need to be winning to catch the attention of professional teams.
"The only way is up!
This week we are heading down to Dordogne for a four-day elite stage race with a few good mountains thrown in apparently, which will make a nice change from the local 'hills'.
“I'm still discovering how well I go in the longer hills/mountains but I really like those races so hopefully will have a good ride. After that I'm going straight to the Alps for a week’s training in preparation for the last few months of the season where there are many big races to come including two 2.2stage races, Kreiz Breiz Elite and Mi Aout Bretonne, plus many big one day races such as Grand Prix de Plouay.”
BEIJING EFFECT CONTINUES
The ‘Beijing effect’ is still in evidence at the Manchester velodrome with all track training course in the spring and summer having rapidly sold out.
However, new courses have been added to the agenda. The Heiko Salzwedel Endurance Masterclass will take place between August 22-23.
On August 22 there is also a bike maintenance masterclass, focusing specifically on track bike building as well as road and MTB bike preparation.
More details are to be found at www.machestervelodrome.com or phone 01612232244.
NORMAN IS WELSH RAS WINNER
Graeme Norman of RDC Comp 1 recently won the Welsh Ras with an impressive showing of strength.
Norman won the six-stage race with an advantage of 29 seconds over Tom Crouch and 1-44 over Simon Thomas.