Eye cyclist is ready for the city’s big race
EYE-BASED cyclist Steve Lampier has already had a good season on the Premier cycling calendar but he hopes it will get even better when the televised Tour Series rolls into Peterborough next week.
The 26 year-old former British junior international moved to the area last year to be with his girlfriend and he’s enjoying a fine season for the progressive PendragonLe Col-Colnago team.
He’s regularly made the podium in big races and was unlucky not to win the East Midlands International CiCLE Classic from Oakham to Melton Mowbray after suffering two punctures.
He was in the lead group when he suffered the first with 40 miles to go, then worked his way back to the front only to puncture again just two kilometres from the finish. Amazingly he still managed to finish ninth, just 30 seconds adrift, but he was naturally frustrated.
“I was robbed of victory there,” he said. “I felt good and think I would have won.
“It was an eight-man bunch finish and my team-mate Yanto Barker finished third, but I’m a better sprinter than him so I think I’d have got it. I had a few beers after that.”
Lampier, born in Helston in Cornwall, took up the sport as a 16 year-old and went on to become a junior international, representing his country in the World Championships in Holland although he failed to finish after crashing.
At 19, he moved to France to compete and then went on to ride for a professional team in Spain in 2004, racking up several high-level wins.
He was riding for the highly-respected Caja Rural team but his progress was halted by a crash which left his ankle broken in several places.
Lampier, who also broke his elbow, added: “My ankle was shattered and I had to re-evaluate things after that so once I recovered I went to ride in Belgium for two years.”
Lampier then suffered from Glandular Fever but performed well when he returned to the UK to ride for Team Kinesis last year, regularly finishing in the top 10 of prestigious races.
He was ninth in the National Time Trial Championships, which were won by Tour de France fourthplacer Bradley Wiggins.
Lampier, who also links up with Peterborough Cycling Club, admits he is still striving to get back to his very best. Asked when he expects to hit top gear again, he joked: “On Tuesday, in Peterborough!
“Seriously though, I hope to make the top 10 next week. I finished 15th overall and third scorer for our team in the opener at Canary Wharf but May is normally bad for me as I struggle with hayfever.
“I’m still not back to my best but I’m getting there. You can’t worry about crashes or injuries, it’s part and parcel of cycling.
“You can come off at 50 miles per hour and get away with just bruising, or fall off at 10 miles per hour and break your collarbone.”
HIGH HOPES: Steve Lampier.
PROGRESS: Ben Price (right) in action at Kettering.