Pidcock dashes to Danum Trophy win
CYCLING: Reigning National, European and world junior cyclo-cross champion Tom Pidcock sprinted to victory in the prestigious Danum Trophy Road Race near Doncaster yesterday, adding his name to a long list of winners of the 60-mile race.
The 17-year-old, from Leeds, who was riding for the PH MASPaul Milnes Cycles team, took the win ahead of Carlisle’s Alex Luhrs, the Brother NRG rider who had been working with Pidcock for the final few miles.
After earlier breaks had come to nothing, the race came together on the last of six laps of a 10-mile circuit around High Melton and Sprotborough. But Pidcock and Luhrs broke clear and quickly got a gap of around 30 to 40 seconds, which they held to the line.
Pidcock took the win with some ease, crossing the line with his arms aloft. Luhrs took second while the bunch sprint for third was won by Joshua Hunt, the One Pro Cycling rider from Bury, while Cycling Sheffield rider Joseph Clark was just edged off the podium in fourth.
In time trialling, Leeds’s Simon Beldon (SSLL Racing Team) held off team-mate Joel Wainman, from Hull, to win the Yorkshire Cycling Federation 25-mile event near Topcliffe, North Yorkshire, on Saturday.
Clocking 51.01, Beldon won by 58 seconds, while Duncan Mullier (Harrogate Nova) was third and Kirsty Smith (Team Swift) was first woman home in 59.04.