GS HENLEY rider Hamish Floyd began the 2013 road race season with a podium finish and third place in the
GS HENLEY rider Hamish Floyd began the 2013 road race season with a podium finish and third place in the Spring Chicken road race last Saturday.
Floyd finished behind James Locker (V-Sprint) and Jordan Bason (MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling).
With club mates James Archibald in fourth place and James Milligan in 18th, the small GS Henley squad showed a good display of team tactics by forcing the pace over the 70 kilometre race for third and fourth category riders held over the Claydons course in Buckinghamshire.
Milligan was the rouleur on the day, sitting on the front of the bunch for the three-lap race and getting involved with the breaks to put his club mates in position to execute their plan.
Speaking after the race, Archibald said: “It was really good to ride as a team. We discussed what we’d do before the race and followed the plan, with a bit of tweaking in the middle having sussed out the finish on the first and second laps.
“It almost worked out perfectly, but Hamish and I couldn’t quite haul in the leading rider and got overtaken by someone about half our age.”
The Roy Thame Cup held later the same the day on the course for elite, first and second category riders over 120km was won by Ed Clancy MBE (Rapha-Condor JLT). The Olympic team pursuit gold medallist punctured twice as the potholed course claimed a whole string of victims, but was in the right position when it mattered to cross the line two lengths clear of Richard Lang (Team Raleigh) with third place going to Oliver Rossi (Twenty3c.co.uk-Focus).
Attacks were thick and fast throughout the five-lap race, but all the breaks were brought back until Matt Cronshaw (Team IG-Sigma Sport) went clear early on the final lap and opened up a gap of around 30 seconds.
It wasn’t to be, however, and he was reeled back in by the chasing pack on the back of the circuit with Clancy hitting the front 500 metres out and never challenged as he rode on to win in style.