Eye cy­clist is ready for the city’s big race

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport -

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.

Pic­ture: SplitSecondImages.co.uk

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