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Rapha Condor JLT: Ryedale GP

Following a strong fourth place finish in the previous round in Wales, Richard Handley took an excellent podium spot in the final round of the Premier Calendar at the Ryedale GP yesterday.

The action had started early on the tough Ryedale course with three riders going clear and building up an early advantage before a counter attack came from the bunch that included three of the Men In Black; Hugh Carthy, Mike Cuming and the in-form Richard Handley. As the six chasers joined the leaders, the rest of the bunch lost ground behind and soon dropped out of contention.

John Herety explained:

“We went into the race with a plan that would involve us using our youngest riders in the early part of the race. They had specific jobs to do in the early part, with the intention of making the race hard enough that we could get Mike and Rich into a winning position.”

“We ended up with three guys making the final 9-man move, which put us in a strong position on paper – but with Hugh still being only first year out of the Junior ranks, it was likely that he would fade in the latter stages.”

As the break entered the final two laps with the peloton over five minutes in arrears Carthy, who had initially been dropped when the attacks had started, recovered and attacked the group gaining a fifteen second advantage with 10km to go.

Unfortunately for Carthy a strong counter attack of Handley, Ian Bibby and Joe Perret soon swept him up, and in the final ten kilometres of the 160km race the more experienced riders strength showed and they left the youngster behind. The leading trio stayed clear of the rest of the break all the way to the finish, where Handley opted to lead out but was narrowly beaten by Perret and Bibby as they hit the line.

“Rich did well, he did all he could and just lost out in the final sprint which was a shame, but he gave it everything. It was a good day for us, with Hugh being so involved in the action throughout and the boys racing to a plan which worked out to put Rich in a winning position.”

The Ryedale GP was the final round of the 2013 Premier Calendar, the team will now look to the inaugural Ride London Classic in Surrey next week.

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