Durrell claims her 3rd National Series Race Victory on the Riverside in the 9th Stockton-on-Tees Velo29 Stockton Grand Prix whilst an audacious solo attack by Archibald held his pace sufficiently to take the win with Six seconds to spare.
Traditionally a sprinters race – This year was no different for the Women’s round 6 of the HSBC-UK British Cycling National Road Series with Series Leader Rebecca Durrell – Brother UK Tifosi p/b OnForm winning her 3rd race of the year so far.
Covering 70-miles, the Women made their way onto the main out of town course that saw a number of small attacks not stick.
Returning for the final 4 Riverside Circuits the Peloton held a good pace that didn’t offer any chances for anyone to really escape.
Becks Durrell & team-mate Anna Henderson, Gaby Shaw & Jessica Finney kept the tempo high into the final lap and turning the final corner for the bunch kick, it was Durrell that found herself in a favourable position to sprint for the line, fending off the last weeks race winner at the Curlew Cup Elizabeth Bennett – Campinense Velo Performance and Fiona Turnbull – Slingshot.
After the race Rebecca said: “A really good day for us today. We went in with a bit of a different plan – more attacking – and I think it paid off. It gave us more options during the race. So yeh! It’s always a good day when you come away with the win.
Hopefully we have won the sprints competition as well with Charmaine Porter. That was another objective in the race – to try & practice our lead-out skill for upcoming UCI Races we have got. So all-in-all a good day.
In that last lap we were both actually feeling good (Anna Henderson & myself).
When it comes to sprints we have got both of us as an option. It was actually my intention coming down the (penultimate) straight. I got on the front – I thought I would lead Anna out this time – I try & take it in turns – but unfortunately there was a bit of a blockage on that last corner. Anna had to go early on & I just got the benefit of the slip stream. Other girls were coming alongside Anna so I just went for it & got it on the line”.
In the men’s event. The 110-mile race saw a 19 man break form early on before finally settling down to 10 riders over the early out of town laps including series leader Matt Holmes – Madison Genesis.
Not content with the pace, Ribble Pro Cycling’s John Archibald set about a solo break and with no reaction from his fellow escapees Archibald built a healthy 2.5 min gap on the chasers & over 4.25 minuets on the peloton.
Holding off the marauding pack back on the Riverside Circuit, the remaining chasers were absorbed back into the peloton before they started clawing back the deficit metre-by-metre – but to no avail.
Archibald rode an epic 50-mile solo victory giving it everything he had right up to the line – holding on to his lead by a mere 5.6 seconds with Matt Bostock – Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes 2nd & Tom Pidcock – Team Wiggins Le Col 3rd.
Women’s Full Result
1 9 Rebecca Durrell Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm 2:50:46
2 20 Elizabeth Bennett Campinense – Velo Performance st
3 61 Fiona Turnbull Slingshot st
4 54 Beth Harley-Jepson Edinburgh RC st
5 59 Abi Smith RFDA st
6 21 Charlotte Berry Campinense – Velo Performance st
7 30 Monica Dew Storey Racing st
8 53 Dannielle Khan BC Private Member st
9 26 Kate Wootton Cycle Team OnForm st
10 10 Anna Henderson Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm st
11 35 Harriet Dodd Team Boompods st
12 38 Ellen McDermott Team Boompods st
13 19 April Tacey Brother.uk Fusion RT st
14 42 Gemma Sargent Team Jadan Weldtite-Vive le Vel st
15 12 Gabriella Shaw Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm st
16 40 Olivia Bent Team Jadan Weldtite-Vive le Vel st
17 47 Francesca Cutts Team LDN st
18 67 Jasmine Jones VELOFLOW CC – ROWE & KING st
19 15 Georgia Bullard Brother.uk Fusion RT st
20 8 Jessica Finney Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm st
21 3 Jennifer Powell Bianchi Dama st
22 1 Emma Cockcroft Bianchi Dama st
23 25 Maddie Wadsworth Cycle Team OnForm st
24 24 Ione Johnson Cycle Team OnForm st
25 52 Gina Ricardo Sydney University Staminade st
26 11 Charmaine Porter Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm +3.380
27 44 Christina Wiejak Team Jadan Weldtite-Vive le Vel st
28 34 Jennifer Batey Team Boompods st
29 41 Sophie Lankford Team Jadan Weldtite-Vive le Vel st
30 66 Sophie Earl Valley Striders CC st
31 2 Georgina Panchaud Bianchi Dama st
32 43 Charlotte Mitchell Team Jadan Weldtite-Vive le Vel st
33 18 Fiona Russell Brother.uk Fusion RT st
34 45 Mary Wilkinson Team Jadan Weldtite-Vive le Vel st
35 51 Georgia Miansarow Sydney University Staminade st
36 7 Abigail Dentus Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm st
37 13 Annabel Simpson Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm st
38 64 Melissa Greaves TW1 Racing st
39 63 Amy Gornall The Racing Chance Foundation st
40 36 Hannah Farran Team Boompods st
41 60 Phoebe Martin RST/Cycle Division Racing Team st
42 31 Lucy Gadd Storey Racing st
43 33 Kelly Murphy Storey Racing st
44 28 Charlotte Broughton Liv Awol st
45 32 Chanel Mason Storey Racing +7.650
46 22 Jo Tindley Campinense – Velo Performance +10.440
47 16 Rebecca Johnson Brother.uk Fusion RT +3:11.030
48 23 Holly Hoy Cycle Team OnForm +4:31.810
49 48 Elizabeth Hughes Team LDN +6:56.090
Standings after Stockton GP
1 Rebecca Durrell 165
2 Elizabeth Bennett 95
3 Leah Dixon 90
4 Pfeiffer Georgi 61
5 Anna Henderson 58
The penultimate round of the Series is the South Coast Classic on Sunday 28 July 2019
Men’s Top 30
1 17 John Archibald Ribble Pro Cycling 3:56:44
2 1 Matthew Bostock Canyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes +5.608
3 36 Thomas Pidcock Team Wiggins Le Col st
4 29 Jacob Scott SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling st
5 48 Scott Thwaites Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother st
6 79 Joseph Sutton Richardsons-Trek RT st
7 19 Daniel Bigham Ribble Pro Cycling st
8 93 Tom Mazzone Spirit Tifosi Racing Team st
9 13 Jonathan McEvoy Madison Genesis st
10 5 Andrew Tennant Canyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes st
11 8 Oliver Wood Canyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes st
12 23 Jacob Tipper Ribble Pro Cycling st
13 121 Marcus Burnett Zappi Racing Team st
14 74 Peter Cocker Richardsons-Trek RT st
15 84 William Harper Saint Piran st
16 88 Oliver Maxwell Saint Piran st
17 126 Jim Brown Team Inspired st
18 115 Harry Hardcastle Wheelbase CabTech Castelli st
19 124 Reece Wood Zappi Racing Team st
20 83 Joe Evans Saint Piran st
21 78 Luke Ryan Richardsons-Trek RT st
22 18 Scott Auld Ribble Pro Cycling st
23 25 Will Bjergfelt SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling st
24 2 Stijn De Bock Canyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes st
25 109 Joshua Price Wales Racing Academy st
26 114 Finn Crockett Wheelbase CabTech Castelli st
27 55 Damien Clayton Andy Moore Autocentres Racing st
28 76 Rhys Howells Richardsons-Trek RT st
29 103 Matthew King Team PB Performance st
30 119 William Orrell-Turner Wheelbase CabTech Castelli st
Standings after Stockton GP
1 Matt Holmes 122
2 James Shaw 114
3 Rory Townsend 90
4 Scott Thwaites 88
5 Ian Bibby 84
Next Round is the South Coast Classic on Sunday 28th July.