Clancy: We are lucky to be lead­ing the se­ries

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - World of Sport - by BOB FRANK

OLYMPIC gold medal­list Ed Clancy ar­rives in the city to­day ad­mit­ting his Mo­tor­point - Mar­shalls Pasta team are lucky to be lead­ing the tele­vised Hal­fords Tour Se­ries.

The sev­enth of 10 races takes place in the city cen­tre tonight (7pm) and Mo­tor­point - Mar­shalls Pasta cur­rently lead Rapha Con­dor Sharp by two points.

And Clancy, a mem­ber of the Bri­tish team that smashed the world record en route to gold in the team pur­suit in Bei­jing two years ago, feels Rapha will be the ones to beat.

He said: “We’ve had a bit of luck and the mis­for­tune of other teams has been a big fac­tor in why we’re in the lead. In re­al­ity, we’ve prob­a­bly only been the sec­ond or third best team so far but we’ve had a bit more luck than some teams.

“Take the third race at Portsmouth for ex­am­ple. Rapha had three lads up there with one lap to go but then one crashed and two punc­tured.

“You start off with five guys and the first three count so once that hap­pened they were out of it and they fin­ished sec­ond last that night.”

Clancy’s team took ad­van­tage to win that night and he’d love to add an­other win tonight but he ad­mit­ted: “We’re up against it. We’ve got some good rid­ers but we’re not a big team and we’re suf­fer­ing with fa­tigue.”

The Barns­ley rider, who was rested last week, fin­ished third at Peter­bor­ough 12 months ago, then rid­ing for Team Hal­fords Bike Hut who supplied the win­ner in Ian Wilkin­son.

He added: “It was a good race last year and Ian man­aged to win it and I was third so we won on the day.

“The course should suit our team and it would be nice for us to get an­other win tonight but we’re feel­ing a bit tired and Rapha are very strong.

“I think the course will suit some­one like Tony Gibb (the nine-time Bri­tish cham­pion who has world and Com­mon­wealth medals to his name) and I wouldn’t be sur­prised to see him win.”

Clancy has al­ready won the Om­n­im­ium and took sil­ver in the team pur­suit at the World Cham­pi­onships this year and ad­mits: “The pres­sure is off in a way be­cause I’ve had a suc­cess­ful sea­son al­ready.”

Tonight’s race will see the 10 teams of five race around the 1.1k cir­cuit for an hour and then the event be­gins in earnest with five more laps.

Al­though sev­eral breaks are sure to be made through­out, it is likely to come down to a last-lap burn-up.

There is also a Board­man Bike Sprints com­pe­ti­tion with sprints af­ter 15, 30 and 45 min­utes. A klaxon will in­di­cate one lap to go on each oc­ca­sion.

Two lo­cal cy­clists will be in ac­tion tonight, for­mer Bri­tish ju­nior in­ter­na­tional Steve Lampier - who is based in Eye - rid­ing for Pen­dragon Le Col Col­nago and Ben Price, who lives near the city cen­tre, in ac­tion for the Cy­clePremier.com - Me­tal­tek team.

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