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51st Lincoln GP - NE
Great Britain, May 7, 2006
House wins at Lincoln
By Gerry McManus
Kristian House (Recycling.co.uk) emerged first at the top of the eleventh ascent of Michaelgate to win the Lincoln Grand Prix in England on Sunday. In the dramatic final stages of the 85-mile race, House out witted Paul Healion (Murphy & Gunn/Newlyn Group) and Matt Talbot (Glendene RT) after the trio had slipped away on the run-in back to the city.
The rain made conditions on the cobbled climb treacherous for the 122 riders but it made for exciting viewing with competitors trying to stay ahead and clear of danger on the climb.
Talbot, Wes Cole (PCA), Evan Oliphant (Recycling.co.uk) and Chris Newton (Recycling.co.uk) broke free on the third lap and were quickly joined by another eight riders before being quickly reeled in. American Clayton Burrows (Recycling.co.uk) put the hammer down on the next climb and the peloton created its first casualties in dropped riders. The end of lap 5 found Andrew Roche (Murphy and Gunn) away with Malcolm Elliott (PCA) and Talbot but the leaders only gained a handful of seconds over the chasing pack. Meanwhile Rob Hayles (Team KLR) recovered from a puncture and regained the main field.
After 44-miles of racing, the first serious threat appeared when Peter McDonald (Team FRF Couriers), Roche, Newton, Peter Herzig (Team FRF Couriers), Rob English (AW Couriers) and Duncan Urquhart (Agisko-Dart) moved clear to create a thirteen second lead. Phil Dixon (Science in Sport) jumped across to the leaders as their margin grew to 40 seconds but the main field sensed the danger and the race was altogether by the end of lap 8.
Malcolm Elliott and Rob Sharman (Recycling.co.uk) were the next to attempt escape and Elliott stretched out the field as he rocketed down Burton Road on the way out from the city centre stretching the elastic to breaking point.
On lap 9 Newton headed up another sortie attacking with Warwick Spence (London Dynamo) Gary Hand (Scotland), Ian Wilkinson (Science In Sport) and Herzig. Hand fell back and Chris Newton (Recycling.co.uk) launched his attack on the penultimate climb of Michaelgate in his brave bid to ride solo to victory. Newton was finally caught with less than two miles to go after Hayles jumped clear creating a ten-strong chase group. From this group Healion attacked taking House and Talbot along and they pulled clear to fight it out for the podium places.
"Three of us managed to get away," said House: "It was pretty soft move and I was surprised that it went. When we hit the climb I pretty much knew I would get first or second. We had already caught Chris (Newton) with about 2km to go. I had really thought he was going to win it. The team rode really well all day and had got in every move.
This was a first Premier Calendar win for the Texan born Brit who has notable successes this year in the Girvan 3-Day and a stage victory in the Ruban Granitier race in France.
I don't know what's going on this year," House continued: "I didn't think I would be on-form yet. I have rested quite a bit and I think that maybe it. I did quite a hard winter in Australia and then the Tour of Langkawi and backed off a bit after that so I am coming in to these races well rested."
House's previous commitments to the British Cycling squad have meant that he has missed out on many key domestic events in the past. "I have always been between England and Belgium. With the "plan" (British Cycling World Class Performance Plan) I was always going off to do track races so this is the first year for me competing in the Premier Calendar."
House was always near the front of the race in the early stages. "To be honest I was just trying to stay out of trouble and didn't feel that strong at the beginning. It was just a matter of staying out of trouble especially on the climb. If someone slips in front of you on the climb then the gap's gone and that's it."
Only 59 riders completed the new shorter course. Newton managed to stay in touch when he was caught and finished in fifth place. Second placed Paul Healion shows he has extended the form he used to win the Rás Mumhan (Tour of Munster) and the more recent Tour of Ulster. The Irishman is delighted with the year he is having with his new team. "It's my best year ever," said Healion: "Normally it takes me about half the year to get going but I spent the winter in Australia and it's been the difference. I have kept it going for the past two years training and racing and getting adequate rest and it's all coming together now."
The 28-year old spent the end of last season with the DFL team but prefers the set up with Murphy and Gunn. "Everybody is equal in the team and gets a chance to ride for each other and the team back up is great. I have done very specific training this year which I haven't done for years. I took the decision to get my apprenticeship in toolmaking to fall back on and it's only really in the last three years that I have started to train and race again."
Third placed Talbot is enjoying the sport he only took up three years ago at the age of 29. The British born former resident of Christchurch, New Zealand now lives in South London. "I'm just trying to piece together the last lap from what people have told me," laughs Talbot: "My recollection at the top is apparently different to what the truth is. On that last climb I think I was a little bit delirious as well."
By Gerry McManus
This year's Lincoln GP could see a new name emerging from the peloton to stand on the top level of the winner's podium on Sunday 7th May 2006.
Many of the names which have become familiar to those following British Cycling's Premier Calendar are missing from the 51st running of the top class event that sweeps through the city centre of historic Lincoln. Russell and Dean Downing (DFL-Cyclingnews), Mark Lovatt and John Tanner (Planet X) are all elsewhere as 129 riders battle it out in the shorter race distance of 84-miles. More importantly to some, the race ascends the cobbled climb of Michaelgate 11 times instead of the usual 13.
You would be wrong in thinking that the field lacks quality as nine out of the ten top riders in the British Cycling rankings feature here, including London's Tony Gibb (Plowman Craven RT) who has a clear lead over second placed Matthew Stephens (Sigmasport RT). Policeman Stephens also sits second in the Premier Series overall so far, and lest we forget his talent, he once finished seventh in the last ever running of the Amateur World Road race Championship a few years back.
Former world silver track medallist Gibb has a taste for winning this season with six road wins under his belt to add to his track victories. His PCA team have just lost the top BC team ranking to Recycling.co.uk, despite Malcolm Elliot's two road victories and second place in the Archer event.
Kristian House (Recycling.co.uk) dominated the recent Premier Calendar Girvan 3-Day event and now leads the Premier Series after three counting events. Team mate Ben Greenwood's points tally gives him third in the series after winning the Tour of the Reservoir and gaining sixth spot in the Archer GP. Recycling has clearly benefited from its early season foray in the Tour of Langkawi, and Chris Newton showed he is still sharp on the track when he took fourth place in the points race in the world championships. Rob Sharman continues to improve in stature and he has already shown confidence in a top professional field finishing 9th in the final stage in Langkawi in February.
Phil Dixon (scienceinsport.com) could produce the goods this time if he can convert his consistency into some winning form and victory would certainly move him up from his current fourth place in the year long race series.
And what else is there to say about the former Lincoln winner Malcolm Elliot (Plowman Craven RT)? The adjective "evergreen" is appropriate in describing the 40-something Sheffield rider but it could be replaced by "evertanned" or "everonthepodium" as he continues to beat the clock in more ways than one. His recent lone trip to Ireland resulted in second spot in the classic Shay Elliott memorial up against a number of strong Irish teams. Murphy and Gunn's Andrew Roche had the beating of Elliot in the event and the professional Irish squad field a five man team including comeback man Morgan Fox, who suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome when the West Meath man was riding for a pro Belgian team some years ago now.
"Beating the Poms" will be down to Team FRF Couriers/Caravello from Australia. Re-launched last year as a continental team, it is seen as a development squad in some circles. The Aussies arrive with a number of events completed this year including the Giro Del Capo in South Africa and the Tour of Caledonia, where they achieved victory with Peter McDonald. They will probably be whinging just like the Poms on the 1 in 6 cobble climb that twists up to the finish in Castle Square.
The shorter distance certainly opens the race up for more contenders. Don't rule out Kevin Dawson (Agisko-Dart) who has enough talent to manage without former team mates Tanner and Lovatt this season. It all starts at 11.45 from Yarborough Leisure Centre on the outskirts of the city and it could be all wrapped up by ten-past-three if last year's 25mph average is repeated. £600 first prize will be good compensation for one deserving rider.
No doubt another display of how to put on a cycle race by Ian Emmerson and a long list of supporters.
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1 Kristian House (GBr) Recycling.co.uk 3.22.38 2 Paul Healion (Irl) Murphy & Gunn/Newlyn Group 0.07 3 Matt Talbot (GBr) Glendene CC 0.09 4 Peter Mcdonald (Aus) FRF Couriers-Caravello 0.14 5 Chris Newton (GBr) Recycling.co.uk 0.17 6 Rob Hayles (GBr) Team KRL 0.18 7 Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Scienceinsport 0.19 8 Ben Pochee (GBr) Rapha Condor 0.20 9 Peter Herzig (Aus) FRF Couriers-Caravello 0.22 10 Raymond Rol (Ned) Ruiterdakkepel'n 0.24 11 Robin Sharman (GBr) Recycling.co.uk 0.30 12 Warwick Spence (GBr) London Dynamo 0.45 13 Cody Stevenson (Aus) FRF Couriers-Caravello 14 Joe McDonnell (Aus) FRF Couriers-Caravello 15 Gary Hand (GBr) Scotland 16 Neil Jones (GBr) Gateway RT 1.11 17 Greg Roche (GBr) Nippo KFS 18 Paul Wilkes (GBr) De Rosa RT 19 Phil Dixon (GBr) Scienceinsport 20 Andrew Staurt (GBr) Ashfield RC 21 Stephen Wolfer (Ger) Zenith CC 22 Malcolm Elliott (GBr) Plowman Craven 23 Mark Wordsworth (GBr) Je James RT 24 Clayton Barrows (GBr) Agisko-Dart 1.23 25 Dale Appleby (GBr) Recycling.co.uk 26 Geoffre Beetham (GBr) Magura 27 Andy Collis (GBr) De Rosa RT 28 Alex Atkins (GBr) Evans Cycles 29 Martin Ford (GBr) Team Lloyds TSB 30 Matthew Higgins (GBr) Je James RT 31 Andrew Roche (Irl) Murphy & Gunn/Newlyn Group 32 shley Brown (GBr) Featherstone RC 33 Peter Williams (GBr) Kinesis Uk 34 Neil Coleman (GBr) Agisko-Dart 35 Evan Oliphant (GBr) Recycling.co.uk 36 Jack Woodward (GBr) Scienceinsport 37 Mark McKay (GBr) Glendene CC 38 Rober Partridge (GBr) Recycling.co.uk 39 Gavin Evans (GBr) East Midlands 40 Matthe Stephens (GBr) Sigmasport RT 41 Jamie Burgan (GBr) Rutland RT 42 Chris Bartlett (GBr) Glendene CC 43 Alastair Kay (GBr) York Cycleworks 1.42 44 Alex Hagman (USA) Agisko-Dart 45 Adam Weaver (GBr) Doncaster Whls 46 Conor Murphy (Irl) Murphy & Gunn/Newlyn Group 47 Matthew Charity (GBr) VC Nottingham 48 Nan-Simo Dekker (Ned) Ruiterdakkepel'n 49 Richa Wilkinson (GBr) Rapha Condor 50 Jame Williamson (GBr) Agisko-Dart 51 Duncan Urquhart (GBr) Agisko-Dart 52 Josh James (Can) Stilton RT 3.25 53 Wesley Cole (GBr) Plowman Craven 9.55 54 Craaig Butland (RSA) Plowman Craven 11.31 55 Bryan Pool (GBr) Andersons Racing 56 Rob Enslin (GBr) Agisko-Dart 57 Steven Kenny (GBr) Kuota-Biemme 58 Mark Dziobon (GBr) Mk Cycles 59 Graeme Stone (GBr) Team Lloyds TSB DSQ Tony Gibb (GBr) Plowman Craven DSQ Stephen Ward (GBr) Team Swift DSQ Leon Burger (Ned) Ruiterdakkepel'n
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(GBr) York Cycleworks 128 Stephan Wolfer (Ger) Zenith Cycling Club 129 Mike Moss (GBr) Cottingham Coureurs 130 Leon Burger (Ned) Ruiterdakkapellen-wielerteam 131 Jan Hopman (Ned) Ruiterdakkapellen-wielerteam 132 Tino Haakman (Ned) Ruiterdakkapellen-wielerteam 133 Dennis Leliveld (Ned) Ruiterdakkapellen-wielerteam 134 Raymond Rol (Ned) Ruiterdakkapellen-wielerteam 135 Daniel Keena (GBr) Cottingham Coureurs 136 Paul Rennie (GBr) North Beach Hotel RT 137 David Clarke (GBr) Team Nippo 138 Daniel Burtt (Aus) Team Lloyds TSB * = team reserves
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