Pid­cock dashes to Danum Tro­phy win

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY UNION -

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.

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