Gullan proves he can last the course

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - SPORT -

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.

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