Lampier would love to stage a home win

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - CLASSIFIEDS - By JAMES WEST­GATE james.west­gate@jpress.co.uk

CITY cy­cling star Steve Lampier hopes there will be no place like home in 2012.

Lampier will visit some of Europe’s cy­cling hot-spots in search of glory next sea­son with his team, IGSigma Sport, but Peter­bor­ough is the one desti­na­tion the 27 year-old is look­ing for­ward to most.

Hav­ing been awarded the sprint yel­low jersey in the 2011 Hal­fords Tour Se­ries, Lampier is de­ter­mined to go one bet­ter by win­ning a stage next year.

And while the Peter­bor­ough round of the national tele­vised event is not ide­ally suited to the Eye racer’s style, a win on his own patch would be a dream come true.

He said: “I was very pleased to win the sprint­ers’ yel­low jersey and while I have a lot of goals next sea­son, to win a round would be per­fect.

“I went close in Wok­ing and that course prob­a­bly suits me but win­ning in Peter­bor­ough is my aim.

“I al­ways get fan­tas­tic sup­port here and it would be great to give the crowd a home win­ner, but it is tough here for me. Be­cause of the sim­ple oval shape of the course there are a lot of bunch sprints which I don’t en­joy too much af­ter a nasty crash in Bel­gium five years ago.”

Af­ter be­ing in­vited to re-sign for Ig-sigma Sport, Lampier will re­main as one of only around 50 salar­ied cy­clists in the UK who earn enough from the sport to con­cen­trate on rac­ing full time.

It means that even dur­ing the win­ter months when most ama­teurs put their bikes in the shed, Lampier can con­tinue to fo­cus full-time on train­ing and fit­ness.

At the start of the month the Tour of Bri­tain star spent a fort­night in Lan­zarote while a brief foray into cy­clo-cross also reaped rich re­wards.

“The fort­night in Lan­zarote was great,” he added. “The weather over there was fan­tas­tic and it meant that dur­ing those two weeks I was able to put in 60 hours on the bike which has a mas­sive ben­e­fit at this time of year.

“But I have not just been road rac­ing. When I fin­ished the Tour of Bri­tain, rather than ride with lo­cal ama­teurs I de­cided to give cy­clo-cross a go and I found it a re­ally good ex­pe­ri­ence.

“For me it was a bit like go­ing from be­ing a road run­ner to cross­coun­try but I did pretty well. I was com­pet­ing in Lincs League and Notts and Derby League races and man­aged to win four and get a few podium places so I was re­ally pleased.

“There is a lot more skill in­volved in cy­clo-cross ham­mer­ing up muddy slopes and the cor­ners can be pretty tricky. But I got sucked right in and ab­so­lutely loved it.

“I may give it an­other go again but the main thing is that it kept my fit­ness topped up and helped me stay in shape.”

The pop­u­lar­ity of cy­cling has grown mas­sively in re­cent years and Lampier ex­pects that to peak in 2012 when Lon­don stages the Olympics.

He added: “Cy­cling has re­ally grown in this coun­try in the past decade and that has re­ally helped ev­ery­one in­volved. In the past it was un­heard of for a Bri­tish team to have a spon­sor from out­side the sport but we are backed by IG Mar­kets and I think that shows how per­cep­tion has changed.

“Big busi­nesses wants to get in­volved and that is great for cy­cling and for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions hop­ing to get into the sport. Hope­fully that can con­tinue and Bri­tish cy­cling can con­tinue to de­velop through the Olympics and over the next few years.” re­ally pleased to be able to sup­port Nene Val­ley Har­ri­ers with a do­na­tion.

”They pro­vide train­ing and sup­port for many peo­ple in the city, in­clud­ing a large num­ber of our em­ploy­ees and their fam­i­lies, so we’re de­lighted to help fund this on­go­ing work.”

Nene Val­ley Har­ri­ers mem­bers are pic­tured re­ceiv­ing the cheque above.

SPRINT KING: Steve Lampier was top sprinter in the 2011 Hal­fords Tour Se­ries.

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