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Rapha Condor JLT: GP Wales

Rapha Condor JLT’s in-form duo of Richard Handley and Mike Cuming narrowly missed out on scoring the team’s first Premier Calendar podium place at the GP Wales yesterday.

The pair, along with teammates, Ed Laverack and Hugh Carthy, managed to make their way into a select front group of thirty riders that moved clear on the climb of the Tumble after an aggressive first hundred kilometres of racing.

On the finish circuits as the heat took it’s toll and the two first year seniors Laverack and Carthy were caught in the wrong side of a split, Cuming made a move with two other riders for company that looked good enough to go all the way to the line.

Cuming commented,

“When we got to the finish circuits both Rich and I were feeling really good. The group whittled down to about twelve riders, and we were both there. I managed to get clear with two others, but then with 9km to go, I started to feel bad, and in no time at all the lights just went out. I started realizing I was dehydrated but by the time I thought that it was to late.”

As Cuming dropped out of the leading group Richard Handley counter-attacked, but the move came too late, meaning Handley had to settle for a solid 4th place on the day.

Despite missing out on a podium place, assistant team manager John Herety was pleased with performance of his increasingly confident team.

“It was a shame to lose Mike from that leading move. But these conditions in the UK are unusual to say the least. He needed to hydrate better, and that is a mistake he won’t make again.”

“We had four riders in the thirty man split over the big climb, including two first year seniors – who were both riding exceptionally well to be there. In terms of development, both Mike and Rich are showing they’ve arrived at a level where they are contenders for any hilly race in the UK. Behind them our young guys are stepping up to start becoming competitive at the end of tough 160km races – which is where we want our first year seniors to be.”

The team will now have a busy week ahead with races at Colne on Wednesday and Beverley on Friday, as they build up to the National Criterium Championships this coming Sunday.

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