Jlt-con­dor come out on top in wet Ryedale

Na­tional cham­pion Connor Swift se­cures over­all se­ries ti­tle

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Gra­ham Briggs and Anna Hen­der­son clinched vic­to­ries in the men’s and women’s Ryedale Grand Prix in North York­shire on Sun­day as the na­tional road se­ries reached a dra­matic — and wet — con­clu­sion.

Jlt-con­dor rider Briggs sprinted to vic­tory in the men’s race at the end of a gru­elling 94 miles, while third spot for Connor Swift (Madi­son-gen­e­sis) was enough for him to take the over­all Grand Prix Se­ries to add to his Na­tional Cham­pi­onship crown.

“I rel­ish these con­di­tions, it’s where the hard men come to the front,” said Briggs, who edged ahead of Max St­ed­man (Cany­oneis­berg) in se­cond while Swift was third. “When I woke up this morn­ing and saw the rain I was rub­bing my hands to­gether!”

For his part, se­ries win­ner Connor Swift was happy enough with his day too: “I’m pleased to win the se­ries, we’ve been con­sis­tent in ev­ery round and we’ve all done well to win the team standings too.

“It’s a great re­sult for the team, we were all over it with three guys in the break then more com­ing across. This has been great prepa­ra­tion for the Tour of Bri­tain.”

In the women’s Ryedale Grand Prix, Hen­der­son (Cy­cle Team On­form) took the win ahead of break­away com­pan­ion Anna Chris­tian (Trek-drops) af­ter a tough race saw key play­ers crash out on the slip­pery roads in the dy­ing stages.

That re­sult was enough for Hen­der­son to fin­ish se­cond in the over­all Women’s Road Se­ries standings, just one point short of Sophie Wright (Torelli-brother) who had al­ready clinched the ti­tle and didn’t ride at Ryedale.

The con­di­tions were no bet­ter for the women’s race in the morn­ing than the men’s, and Hen­der­son said: “It was bru­tal! The rain started ear­lier than fore­cast, but you’ve just got to push on and take care.

“It was un­for­tu­nate that some of the girls took a big tum­ble com­ing into the last lap, but that’s where Anna [Chris­tian] and I pushed on and got clear. She was re­ally strong and it was all I could do to stay on her wheel, but it was the fi­nal few me­tres of the se­ries so I gave it my all and just got round her.”

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