Graham Briggs wins Out Of The Saddle Summer Road Race
In-form Graham Briggs put local knowledge to good use as he led in a four-man group to win the 130-km Out Of The Saddle Summer Road Race from a strong domestic field in South Yorkshire.
The 30-year-old Team Raleigh rider, from Doncaster, outsprinted Mike Northey (Node4 Giordana Racing) with Ryan Mullen (Team IG-Sigma Sport) beating Alistair Rutherford (Wheelbase Altura MGD) for third place a few seconds later after 13 laps of a circuit based on Braithwell, near Rotherham.
The leading quartet came from an initially 21-strong group which formed after four laps and, with all the top teams represented, pulled right away from the rest of the field before breaking up as the race distance and an increasing wind took a toll in the closing laps.
Briggs, who had recovered from a first-lap puncture, attacked on the tailwind run-in to the finish on the edge of Braithwell, taking Northey with him, and had time raise his arms in salute as he secured a comfortable victory.
A second claim member of the promoting club, Steve Lampier also prospered on familiar roads as he scored a solo victory in the 78-mile Peterborough CC/Alston Country Homes Road Race in Cambridgeshire.
Attacking from a 15-strong front group in the second half of the race, Lampier (Node4 Giordana Racing) broke away with Ashley Cox (CC Luton) and Rhys Howells (Twenty3c.co.uk-Focus) and established a two-minute lead over the rest.
Howells dropped back to the chasers, but Cox resisted and held on until the last three miles when Lampier, from Peterborough, attacked again and rode away for a solo win.
Winner of the John Hinksman Memorial race at Darley Moor the previous day, Chris Bartlett (Metaltek-Knights of Old RT) completed a weekend double as he dropped the rest of a four-man break with one 10-km lap to go and opened up a 44-second gap to win round 18 of the CDNW League over a 100-km course at Wincham, in Cheshire.
Scott Davies, riding for Wales A, retained the jersey of overall leader after the third stage of the Junior Tour of Wales which was won by national champion Chris Lawless (Kutoa-Spinergy-GSG).
National elite mountain bike champion Lee Craigie (Cannondale Racing) showed her road skills as she sprinted away from the rest of a seven-strong group on the climb to the finish in the 50-mile Munlochy Women's Road Race in Scotland, winning from Deeside Thistle CC pair Chloe Fraser and Mona Petrie.