Lampier hop­ing to shine on his home patch

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - SPORT - By BOB FRANK @Et­bobfrank

AF­TER a frus­trat­ing Hal­fords Tour Se­ries so far, Eye pro­fes­sional Steve Lampier is hop­ing to pro­duce the per­for­mance of his life when the pop­u­lar tele­vised event ar­rives in Peter­bor­ough on Tues­day.

It will be his 21st Tour Se­ries out­ing and the IG Sigma Sport rider will be hop­ing next week goes much bet­ter for him than this week.

In Tues­day’s race in Ox­ford, suf­fer­ing with a cold, he was lapped for the first time ever in a Tour Se­ries event.

Then last night in Red­ditch he was forced to drop out af­ter just two laps and, as a re­sult, he will not ride tonight in Aberys­t­wyth.

He in­sists he will def­i­nitely ride on Tues­day though, say­ing: “Hope­fully af­ter a few days rest I’’ be all right. It’s my home round and I’m go­ing to ride to 110 per cent of my abil­ity at the time.

“I had a sore throat all day yes­ter­day and these races are so com­pet­i­tive that if you are one per cent off your best you suf­fer.”

Lampier’s per­for­mances this week are in stark con­trast to his dis­play in Durham last week where he made the top 10 for only the sec­ond time.

Lampier made a name for him­self in last year’s Tour Se­ries when he won the sprints ti­tle, hav­ing picked up his first win in the Peter­bor­ough race. That sparked a se­ries of im­pres­sive sprints per­for­mances that saw him win the over­all ti­tle in that sec­tion but this year is more about over­all po­si­tions.

He was 23rd in the opener in Kirk­caldy and ninth at Durham two days later but his ill­ness pre­vented him from build­ing on that this week.

Lampier, who wears the num­ber 32 on the Tour, said: “The first race at Kirk­caldy was an eye opener. It was fast and dan­ger­ous and riders were tak­ing un­nec­es­sary risks as there are some new teams and new riders who were maybe ner­vous and the adrenalin was pump­ing.

“It went much bet­ter in Durham and it was nice to get in the top 10 again, hav­ing fin­ished fourth at Wok­ing last year, but I felt I de­served to fin­ish higher than ninth.

“In cri­terium rac­ing you are al­lowed to take two laps out, ei­ther both in one go or two sep­a­rate laps, if you have a punc­ture or a crash. It doesn’t give you an ad­van­tage, but Durham is half climb­ing and half de­scend­ing and it’s such a tough course that I think peo­ple were bend­ing the rules.”

Lampier, who orig­i­nally hails from Corn­wall, in­tends to make a few at­tacks and get him­self no­ticed in his home city on Tues­day.

He added: “Peter­bor­ough isn’t a course that par­tic­u­larly suits me, I pre­fer a tough and hilly course, but I’ll be look­ing to at­tack and get my­self seen on tele­vi­sion in my home city so that my mum can see me!

“It was great win­ning the sprints ti­tle last year but this year I want as many top 10 or top 20 po­si­tions as I can get. Hope­fully I might even get some top fives and, who knows, maybe a win.”

AS much as he en­joyed rid­ing in front of his home fans last year, Lampier was dis­ap­pointed city cen­tre cof­fee shops and eater­ies failed to join in the oc­ca­sion.

He said: “I couldn’t be­lieve all the cof­fee shops were clos­ing at 6.30pm. You would think with thou­sands of peo­ple in the city cen­tre watch­ing a big sport­ing event they would want to stay open and make some money.

“It would also mean peo­ple more likely to hang around and watch and make it an even greater event so hope­fully this year they will stay open.”

AS well as the men’s race, there will also be the sec­ond round of the John­son Health Tech Grand Prix Se­ries.

An­nie Simp­son won the opener at Ox­ford, lead­ing Ma­trix Fit­ness to team vic­tory.

King’s Cliffe Flyer Keira Mcvitty and Fen­land Clar­ion’s Lind­say Clarke are not ex­pected to com­pete on Tues­day.

The women get un­der way at 5pm fol­lowed by the men at 7pm.

Steve Lampier rides in his home town on Tues­day.

Char­lotte Cameron (above right), Courtney Brown (be­low left on the right) and Jack Bris­towe (be­low right).





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