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Rapha Condor JTL: GP Marbiers

Richard Handley came ever closer to a big win yesterday when he was caught an agonising 200m from the line in the GP Marbiers one-day race in northern France.

Handley, who took second only two days previously in the Leicester Castle Classic, was once again involved in the action from the off, along with three of his team mates, Mike Cuming, Kristian House and Hugh Carthy. The four all managed to form part of a twenty-two man move that went clear of the bunch early in the race.

The race eventually became a wearing down process, and both Handley and Cuming made the final ten-man selection that came into the finale together.

While Cuming faded toward the finish, it was Handley who took the initiative to attack the group in the final kilometer. Despite quickly opening up a gap though, Handley was pegged back by the break and had to settle for sixth place on the line.

Despite not taking the win, team manager John Herety remained upbeat about his and the team’s performance.

“It was a tough day out there, it’s a hard fought race this one, and getting four guys in that move was really good. A guy like Kristian I know can always be in these moves, but now both Mike and Rich are consistently at the front, and in the right place in really good quality (UCI) races.”

“Even more encouraging is the fact that Hugh Carthy is in there too. He has put in some really impressive performances in his first year. We’ve got a lot to go forward with, both through to the end of this year and into the future.”

The team will now return to the UK to continue it’s build up to the Tour of Britain at the Metaltek GP, before heading back over the channel to Belgium to compete in two professional kermesse races next week.

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