Rid­ers un­fazed by con­ti­nen­tal chal­lenge

CY­CLING

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

HILLING­DON Slip­stream­ers young­ster Jed Smith­son showed the con­ti­nent what he is made of as he raced to first place at the 50th edi­tion of the Euro­pean Cy­cling Tour of Assen.

Smith­son won four out of his six cat­e­gory two races in the Nether­lands, un­der the watch­ful eye of head coach Dave Ge­orge.

Ge­orge, who led a 14-strong team of Slip­stream­ers into bat­tle across 14 cat­e­gories, was im­pressed with how the squad per­formed.

“Cat­e­gory two was where we made the big­gest im­pact,” he ex­plained.

“Rep­re­sented by Jed Smith­son (first), Joe O’Brien (fourth) and Ben Bis­son (16th), we quickly showed that Slip­stream­ers should not be un­der­es­ti­mated.

“In the first proper stage, Jed went on the at­tack to win the day with a 22-sec­ond lead over the bunch – a bunch that was led by Joe O’Brien over the line.

“Slip­stream­ers one and two on the podium, and I hadn’t even had break­fast.”

Finn O’Brien, Sam Gil­bert, Stan­ley Kent, Millie Cole­man, Bob­bie O’Brien, Abi­gail Old, Nathan Ge­orge, Ge­orge Lewis, Is­abella Es­calera, Cameron Still and Ieuan Woods also flew the flag for the Hilling­don club in Assen.

“My ex­pec­ta­tion was that the rid­ers may have been a lit­tle awestruck by the vol­ume of the event,” Ge­orge con­tin­ued.

“And that they would take time to set­tle in, ob­serve, an­a­lyse and learn from their first tour ex­pe­ri­ence, and not make too much of an im­pact. How wrong I was.”

Mean­while, Slip­stream­ers trio Carl Jolly, Joshua Mur­phy and Charles Page, along with Lon­don Dy­namo rider Oliver, formed a for­mi­da­ble team and raced to a fifth place fin­ish at the Pru­den­tial Youth Grand Prix in Cen­tral Lon­don ear­lier this month.

Page crossed the line in sixth, Jolly was 29th and Mur­phy fin­ished 37th to help se­cure the re­sult.

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