Gullan proves he can last the course
CYCLING: Professional road rider James Gullen powered his way to victory in the classic Circuit of the Dales time-trial in North Yorkshire yesterday.
The Leeds-born JLT Condor rider took time out from his road racing programme to ride the 50-mile event.
Gullen, one of the fastest men ever over ten miles, showed he is master of longer distances too as he took the win in a course record time of 1-55-38, leaving Carl Donaldson (GS Metro) to settle for second 2-57 behind Gullen.
Gullen last won the Circuit of the Dales in 2014, but his 2018 victory shows he is recovered from the virus which marred the start to his season.
Gullen was the only Yorkshire rider to feature in the top three with Donaldson and Richard Bideau (Pendle Forest CC) hailing from Morpeth and Burnley respectively, whilst fastest female rider Rebecca Rimmington (Team Merlin) is also from the other side of the Pennines.
Michael Goolaerts’ team were anxiously awaiting a medical update on Sunday night after the cyclist was airlifted to hospital having suffered a suspected heart attack in an incident in the Paris-Roubaix Classic which overshadowed Peter Sagan’s win.