Sixty-second start proves a real handicap for Alps-bound Stokes

THERE were no winning farewells for young Tamworth cyclist Sam Spokes at Goddard’s Lane yesterday.

The 20-year-old cyclist returns to Europe later this month to link with his professional cycling team in the Italian Alps.

Yesterday the young gun gave his A grade opponents a minute start in the 30-minute plus two lap criterium however that was a bit too much of a start for him after his self-handicapped win the previous week.

Tamworth Cycling Club president Ray Griffin said it was just a bit too much for the talented young bike rider.

“It wasn’t his day,” Griffin said.

“He didn’t go so well and once we had caught and lapped, the attacks started.”

The seven-man peloton rode as one until they captured Spokes and once they did it became a cat and mouse individual response.

“I had a crack at a break, then Fraser attacked three times,” Griffin said.

“Then Mitch (Carrington) attacked with three laps to go and was just too strong. Fraser (Ashford) tried to pick him but we couldn’t gain on him until the last 200m.”

It then became a bunched sprint for second and third.

Dave Rugendyke jumped the well-placed Fraser Ashford and Griffin at the last corner and his inside line gave him a good second with Ashford third.

Brad Roberts won the combined B and C grade race over 25 minutes and two laps. Jack Pianta and Alan Spokes were second and third.

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