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47th Lincoln International GP - 1.5
Great Britain, May 12, 2002
By Gerry McManus, cyclingnews.com correspondent
It will take a great rider to break the grip that the Compensation Group RT has on the Premier Calendar series this year in the UK this weekend in Lincoln. John Tanner, Kevin Dawson and Mark Lovatt all ride the 104-mile event that uses the steep cobbled climb of Michaelgate 13 times in the picturesque city of Lincoln.
The riders won't have much time to study the scenery as they jostle for position on the flat smooth approach road before they enter the city limits and begin the ascent. On the early section, riders look for relief on the smooth sections either side of the road and it's first come first served on the tight 8-mile circuit.
Tanner won the event last year and with UCI points on offer, he will be certain to contest the race in the quest for a place in the English Commonwealth Games road team.
This event is the last major outing before the FBD Milk Rás in Ireland that starts on the 19th May but the Irish team had to withdraw from the event due to injuries and illness for Paul Griffin, Brian Keneally and professional David O'Loughlin. Last year's Rás winner Paul Manning rides in VC St Raphael club colours with the GB squad fielding a team of promising under-23 riders including Kieran Page and Steve Cummings.
Late entries now include Bradley Wiggins (Française Des Jeux) home from the continent on his introductory year into the professional ranks, where his role as a domestique in most events has not allowed any glimmers of the talent he showed in the Sydney Olympics to show through.
In the Commonwealth Games year, teams from the Isle of Man, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are also present. Ex professional Rob Holden rides for the Manx team fresh from winning the Tour of Ulster last week against strong opposition from both North and South of the Irish border.
Julian Winn (GS Pinarello) and Mathew Stephens (Sigma RT) second and third last year, return to make exciting race viewing on the partially closed circuit. The Dutch will be over in force with three teams in all, ensuring the full 1.5 UCI status for the event.
Weather prospects look problematic with rain in Eastern England forecast for Sunday, which may require the finest bike handling skills from all the contestants on the cobbled sections.
By Ian Emmerson, OBE
This will be the 47th edition of the Lincoln Grand Prix Cycle Race which has run continuously since 1956. This will be the third time that the race has held full international status and the interest in the race from abroad increases year by year. As you will see from the list of entrants we have teams and riders from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Holland, Bermuda, Ireland, France and South Africa, all here to take on the best from the home nations.
Number one on the programme is last year's winner John Tanner making the relatively short trip from Doncaster to defend his title. Great Britain field their world championship track squad whilst the list of home riders contains all of the UK's elite but riding in the colours of their own teams. We welcome back from Holland both the Kennemerland and Marco Polo teams, Australia's Team Down Under and the Irish National Team, all of which provided excellent riders last year and return with even better ones in order to improve their showing. New this year are Dutch team Stitching WIN who also come with riders showing good form abroad and Team Sympatico a Canadian team who come to the UK for the first time before going on to Ireland for the Irish Milk Ras.
The Lincoln Grand Prix cycle race is now acknowledged as Britain's most popular one-day classic event. The 102 mile race takes place on an 8 mile circuit passing through the City's important tourist areas. Most notable is the 1 in 8 cobbled climb of Michaelgate which presents a severe challenge to the riders on each lap and there are 13 laps to be covered. International status for the event means a £600 first prize on offer and a total prize list approaching £2,700 to be allocated to the first 25 finishers in the event.
An event of this stature would not be possible without the full support of Lincoln City Council and Lincolnshire Police whose planning ensures a safe route for the riders whilst bringing inconvenience for other road users to a minimum. This is achieved by a system of road closures and temporary closures without which an event of this nature would not be a safe proposition. We hope that the City of Lincoln will continue to extend its welcome to the riders and be proud that its name and that of the Grand Prix is has become so well respected.
The riders start from the Yarborough Sports Centre at 11.30 am and leave via the cycle track and Breedon Drive to join the circuit on Burton Road. They then leave the City to Burton Village and descend Burton Hill to Fen Lane and the A57 where they turn left towards Lincoln. At the old Racecourse they turn left in to Long Leys Road passing St Georges Hospital to climb to Yarborough Road and a right turn to take them into West Parade. They then cross in to Motherby Lane, turn left in to Hungate to start the tortuous 1 in 6 cobbled climb of Michaelgate.
This leads them through to Wordsworth Street and a right turn in to Drury Lane and through Castle Square where the finish will take place after the 13th climb of Michaelgate. The circuit is completed by continuing in to Bailgate and Newport, turning left in to Yarborough Crescent and right in to Burton Road. The Grand Prix covers 13 laps of the circuit to finish in Castle Square at 3.15 pm.
1 John Tanner (GBr) Compensation Group 2 Mark Baker (GBr) Great Britain 3 Ben Clark (GBr) Great Britain 4 Steve Cummings (GBr) Great Britain 5 Kieran Page (GBr) Great Britain 6 James Shaw (GBr) Great Britain 7 Owyn Wallace (GBr) Great Britain 8 Sander Lormans (Ned) BRC Kennemerland 9 Tino Haakman (Ned) BRC Kennemerland 10 Arjan De Heer (Ned) BRC Kennemerland 11 Francis De Jager (Ned) BRC Kennemerland 12 Jordy Vinke (Ned) BRC Kennemerland 13 Jeroen Lute (Ned) BRC Kennemerland 14 Tom Barras (GBr) Team Down Under 15 Ben Brooks (Aus) Team Down Under 16 Glen Chadwick (Aus) Team Down Under 17 Paul Redenbach (Aus) Team Down Under 18 Mark Roland (Aus) Team Down Under 19 Leon Vogels (Aus) Team Down Under 20 Josh Hall (Can) Team Sympatico (Canada) 21 Buck Miller (Can) Team Sympatico (Canada) 22 Bruno Nella (Can) Team Sympatico (Canada) 23 Andrew Randell (Can) Team Sympatico (Canada) 24 Dominique Rollin (Can) Team Sympatico (Canada) 25 Ryan Roth (Can) Team Sympatico (Canada) 30 Dean Downing (GBr) 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