WHO’S WHO IN THE BIG RACE

CY­CLING: Clancy, El­liott and Gibb among the favourites for the city’s big race THE pop­u­lar tele­vised Tour Se­ries cy­cling event ar­rives in the city to­mor­row. looks at some of the top stars and the teams look­ing to come out on top.

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Et Sport - Ed Clancy Mal­colm El­liott by BOB FRANK En­dura Rac­ing Mo­tor­point Mar­shalls Pasta Pen­dragon Le Col Col­nago Sigma Sports Spe­cial­ized Team Cor­ley Cy­cles Team Ire­land Team Raleigh

Clancy has taken his im­pres­sive track form onto the roads and is now among the world’s elite.

He was a key mem­ber of the Bri­tish 4k team pur­suit squad that smashed the world record and took gold at the 2008 Bei­jing Olympics, along with the likes of Bradley Wig­gins, Geraint Thomas and Paul Man­ning.

He was third in the Peter­bor­ough leg a year ago and can again be ex­pected to fig­ure highly to­mor­row.

Clancy helped Bri­tain win the world team pur­suit ti­tle in 2005 and 2007 but it was 2008 when the Barns­ley cy­clist re­ally hit the head­lines.

As well as win­ning the Olympic ti­tle, he helped Bri­tain to glory at the World Cham­pi­onships as well as the Manch­ester round of the World Cup.

That good form con­tin­ued into last year with im­pres­sive per­for­mances dur­ing the Tour Se­ries and vic­tory in the Eddy Soens Me­mo­rial Race.

At this year’s World Cham­pi­onships he had to set­tle for sil­ver in the team pur­suit but won the Om­nium, one of the new events for the 2012 Olympics. Tony Gibb Gibb hit the head­lines in 2002 when he took bronze in the Com­mon­wealth Games scratch race and went on to take sil­ver at the World Cham­pi­onships later that same year.

He holds the record of four vic­to­ries in the pres­ti­gious Ed­die Soens Me­mo­rial Road Race and has won nine Bri­tish ti­tles.

The 33 year-old warmed up for the Tour Se­ries by win­ning five races in a week­end at the Wel­wyn Track League less than two weeks be­fore the opener and he duly car­ried on that im­pres­sive form by sprint­ing to vic­tory at Ca­nary Wharf.

THE TEAMS

Cy­clePremier.com - Me­tal­tek From a lo­cal point of view, Ben Price will pro­vide the in­ter­est in the Cy­clePremier.com-Me­tal­telk team. But Price, who lives near the city cen­tre, will mainly be pro­vid­ing sup­port for some of the team’s big­ger names.

Last year, Cy­clePremier were des­ig­nated the ‘home’ team for the Peter­bor­ough leg - and had for­mer Wer­ring­ton res­i­dent Mike Cow­land in their line-up, but they have made some good ad­di­tions for 2010 with Gibb the most no­table.

The up-and-com­ing An­drew Mag­nier - who won 40 races on the track last year - has also joined while Richard Hepworth, who rep­re­sented Bri­tain in the 2008 World Stu­dent Games, has signed.

Ja­son White and Raphael Dein­hart re­main from last year’s team. STILL GO­ING STRONG cashire team do boast rid­ers ca­pa­ble of mak­ing an im­pres­sion.

Jeroen Janssen was one of the fastest rid­ers in the 2009 Tour Se­ries and also won two rounds of the Elite Cir­cuit Race Se­ries. He’s now joined by an­other fly­ing Dutch­man in for­mer speed skater Jefte de Bruin, who took 11 vic­to­ries in his home coun­try last year. Last year’s run­ners-up are now backed by Mo­tor­point, who have strong Peter­bor­ough links, so vic­tory to­mor­row would go down well.

Rus­sell Down­ing won for the team here last year but has since left with Olympic medal­lists Ed Clancy and Steven Burke com­ing in. Ian Bibby handed the team their first vic­tory of the year when he won the Na­tional Cy­clo-Cross Cham­pi­onships in Sut­ton Cold­field.

The le­gendary El­liott, fifth here 12 months ago, is still go­ing strong and will have ev­ery chance if he’s near the front in the clos­ing stages as he can sprint with the best of them. Rapha Con­dor Sharp New spon­sors (Sharp UK) and new rid­ers mean Rapha look stronger than ever in 2010.

Aus­tralian duo Zak Demp­ster and Dean ‘The Duke’ Windsor look good sign­ings. Demp­ster has gone close to a stage vic­tory in The Tour of Bri­tain be­fore while Windsor has been on the podium twice at the Bay Crits in Vic­to­ria in 2009, where he beat the likes of Rob­bie McEwen and Graeme Brown in the sprints.

Star sprinter Dean Down­ing is a big sign­ing for the team. He won in both Ex­eter and Wok­ing last year and will be keen to help keep his team near the top of the stand­ings. Buoyed by the sign­ing of Simon Richardson, the Sur­rey-based team are aim­ing to im­prove on last year’s fifth place in the rank­ings.

Key to that could be Stephen Adams, who fin­ished in the top 10 on seven oc­ca­sions in last year’s Tour Se­ries, and Tom Snape who has re­turned from rac­ing in Bel­gium.

Matt Stephens com­bines rid­ing with man­ag­ing and with ex­pe­ri­ence of rid­ing at the Olympics and Giro d’Italia, and fin­ish­ing in the top 10 of the Tour Down Un­der and Tour de Langkawi, he is the per­fect tu­tor for some of his younger team-mates. fin­ish third on home roads at Mil­ton Keynes last May.

Matthew Hig­gins was Cor­ley’s other top 10 fin­isher last term and elder brother Steven has now joined him, while an­other new sign­ing is for­mer mo­tor-cross rider Ashley Cox. Ire­land is a fa­mous cy­cling nation that has pro­duced rid­ers like Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and Sea­mus El­liott in the past. Team Ire­land rep­re­sents the fu­ture of Ir­ish cy­cling and is the first non-Bri­tish team to take part in The Hal­fords Tour Se­ries.

The squad mixes a blend of youth and ex­pe­ri­ence, with three rid­ers from the track team pur­suit squad - David O’Lough­lin, Mar­tyn Irvine and Stephen Bar­rett - join­ing mem­bers of Dan Curtin’s Un­der 25 devel­op­ment squad.

O’Lough­lin is no stranger to Bri­tish roads, hav­ing rid­den The Tour of Bri­tain as well as win­ning ma­jor sin­gle-day races the Archer GP and Lin­coln GP dur­ing the last decade. The name of the fa­mous Not­ting­ham man­u­fac­turer re­turns with Dan Flee­man the stand-out name thanks to his ex­pe­ri­ence of rid­ing ma­jor con­ti­nen­tal races for the Cervelo team.

Start­ing small with a five-year plan to reach the up­per ech­e­lons of the sport, the Raleigh name could soon be scal­ing the same heights as the fa­mous Dutch team of the same name in the 1970s and ‘80s.

Be­ing an iconic Bri­tish brand, the ma­jor­ity of the team are Bri­tish but they are joined by Aus­tralian Peter Smith.

One name to look out for is the highly-rated Liam Holo­han, who has been in su­perb form in the Board­man Bike Sprints so far in the Tour Se­ries.

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