Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling’s Emma Johansson has taken her first victory of 2016 with a stunning breakaway win in the first stage of the Emakumeen Bira stage race, in Eskoriatza, in Spain’s Basque Country. The Swedish Champion broke away late in the 76km stage with Carmen Small (Cervélo-Bigla) and was easily able to outsprint the American at the finish. To crown a fantastic day for the black and orange team, Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling’s two-time former road World Champion Giorgia Bronzini won the sprint for third place, 14 seconds behind her victorious teammate.
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Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling’s Giorgia Bronzini has taken her first win of 2016 with an emphatic sprint victory in the GP Dottignies, just inside the French-speaking Walloon region of Belgium. The former two-time road World Champion crossed the line well clear of her nearest rival, fellow Italian former World Champion Marta Bastianelli (Alé-Cipollini), after having been expertly led out by teammate Chloe Hosking.
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Last weekend, Ian Field and Nick Barnes made the trip to Heusden-Zolder, Belgium for the UCI Cyclo-cross World championships. It was one of the most exciting and eventful races of season. Ian was planning for a super-fast race but with unprecedented amounts of rain through the weekend conditions were actually a lot tougher and slower than anyone had predicted. The sandy soil handled the rain well and despite the rain the course was still in great condition come race day.
We caught up with Ian after race who had this to say…
"I made one of my best starts of the season and was sitting in 18th after one lap of racing. I felt super strong on the steep climbs and descents but after the first lap quickly realised the aerobic fitness simply wasn't there to hold on to that top 20 position. After a long season of racing almost every weekend my legs were running out of gas. I dug in and rode a smooth mistake free race which was important as others around me made mistakes left, right and centre..."
"...I finished the race with nothing left and in 28th position 4mins and 4secs off the flying Wout van aert. This sort of time gap placed me 21st just twelve months ago in Tabor. This just highlights the ever growing strength in depth and the fierce competition at Elite level cross in Europe."
Ian’s now taking a break from training and racing but is already planning ahead for next season.
“Having defended my trophy series with 5 out of 5 race wins, 27th overall in the World Cup series a top 30 at World Champs and a top 15 at the Koppenberg Cross this season has been a super consistent one."
Ian Field, 28th, Elite Men
Nicholas Barnes, 38th, Under 23
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National Team Champions 2016
The 2nd weekend of January meant the national championships were here, after hard training over the Christmas period all the riders were ready to go. Heavy rain had made sure that it was going to be a tough weekend, the course was very heavy and had lots of running sections meaning the eventual winners would have to really earn their titles!
As expected, the Elite men’s race was hotly contested. Ian Field had a strong start and after dropping the front runner was then locked in to a deadly duel for the rest of the race. It was a gruelling battle at the front with both riders slogging through the sticky mud. Ian finished the race in a very humble 2nd place, having left everything he had to give out there on the course.
"Obviously disappointed with the result but it is only because as a rider and a team we have high expectations and the desire and drive to be the best. On the day my best wasn't good enough but I couldn't have tried any harder to defend my title. I have been in good form since mid September at the opening round of the World Cup series in Las Vegas and I have been super consistent throughout the year...
...With 2 World Cups and a World Championships still left my season is far from over. Motivation is still high and even higher to come back to try and reclaim the stripes next year. I am really proud of winning the British title 4 times in a row an achievement that probably hadn't truly sunk in until today. Massive thanks to all the team sponsors, Hargroves Cycles, Madison, Ridley, Shimano, Lazer, Fast Forward, Elliotts, BHM and Warwick Martel for the continued support. I will be back!" - Ian Field.
Michael Butler finished in 22nd place in the Elite mens category.
"I was looking forward to the weekend with it being the champs. I raced there last season and really enjoyed the course. Having changed my training since Christmas time I was eager to see what difference it might make. However I haven't been doing much running and that definitely showed! I don't think anyone would have expected there to be so much running involved. Next weekend is the last trophy and hopefully not quite so much running, although after this weekend I should be more up to scratch! I have been very impressed with the bikes and equipment I cannot fault it."
Harry Yates, who is a self confessed ‘lover of mud’ finished 2nd in the Junior men’s race. The mud was so thick and deep he almost lost his shoe! Even though Harry narrowly missed out on the win, everyone on the course could clearly see the superhuman effort he was putting in. His determination, grit and passion awarded him ‘ride of the day’.
"Great weekend at Shrewsbury, happy to get silver after a hard race through muddy conditions which meant a lot of running and slippery riding as well as faultless pit changes courtesy of the fantastic Hargroves pit crew. I had a great start and was away with a small group from the gun, as the race progressed the leader pulled a gap out and I set off in pursuit. Changing every half lap meant I was able to change onto a lighter bike which made it easier for the running sections which made a big difference over the four lap race...
...I hope my strong finish securing 2nd will hopefully mean I have a chance of being selected for the World Championships later in January. I'm looking forward to racing the last round of the National Trophy at Milton Keynes next week and will be recovering over the week to make sure I'm ready aiming for another podium position." - Harry Yates
Having led the majority of the race, Nicholas Barnes finished in a very emotional 3rd place in the under 23 men's category.
"It was a bit of a rush in the morning as I don't usually race at 9:30am! When we arrived we unloaded the equipment and I prepped my bikes before the official practice time on the course. Once I was able to get on the course I did a quick lap and returned back to the van to get ready for the most important race of my season.
I was gridded in first and I had a decent start to the race. Coming into the first mucky section I was in third place, moving up to second on the running section. Once we got to the real thick mud near the pits I pressed on and moved into first opening about a 5-10 second gap. I continued to grow the gap, but had a slight spill at the top of the adverse camber which I managed to recovered from without losing much time. With 2 laps to go I got caught up with a wooden stake, unable to get my bike free I panicked. I finally managed to snap the tapes, but the gap was down to around 5 seconds. Just as I was getting back into a rhythm I was caught by the rider chasing me and he started to apply pressure. After that I struggled to string together 2 more clean laps and dropped back into 3rd place.
The bikes, equipment and support from my family, Hargroves Cycles and Lazer has been great all season. I still have a few more races to go so let's hope I can redeem myself and maybe be selected for the World Championships. I’m also planning to come back stronger and faster for my first year in the elites next year." - Nicholas Barnes
Ruby Miller finished 8th in the Elite women’s race.
In the Veteran men's over 50 category Steve Davies led the initial chase and finished in a strong 4th place. Crispin Doyle also rode very well. The course suited his style and he’s a very powerful rider so was able to make up time on the ‘power sections’ of the course. Crispin finished 5th in the Veteran men’s 40-49 category.
Ian Field, 2nd Elite men
Jody Crawforth, 13th Elite men
Michael Butler, 22nd Elite men Nicholas Barnes, 3rd Under 23 men
Harry Yates, 2nd Junior men
Ruby Miller, 8th Elite women
Crispin Doyle, 5th Veteran men 40-49
Steven Davies, 4th Veteran men Over 50
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