Vitus Bikes / An Post – CRC riders on form at the London-Surrey Classic
An Post – CRC riders form contines as Jack Wilson takes top 20 finish in a stacked field at the Prudential London-Surry Classic.
Celebrating his 21st birthday in style, Vitus Bikes Pro Jack Wilson once again showed his calibre at yesterdays Prudental London to Surrey Classic were he finished 17th – just 32secs back on eventual winner Adam Blythe (NFTO).
Taking to the start line in somewhat challenging conditions the An Post – Chain Reaction team of jack Wilson, Conor Dunne, Ryan Mullen, Rob-Jon McCarthy and Mark McNally were faced with some hard fought racing from the off. There had been a number of early attacks from the 147-man field as the riders set off under the welcome warming sun, which had moved in to replace the morning deluge.
Dunne leads the way at the Prudential London – Surrey Classic
The first significant break came in Richmond Park after 13km when six riders got away and established a gap of just over a minute, an advantage they held through the early stretches out into Surrey’s narrow country roads, many of them still smeared with rain wash. Speaking to Vitus Bikes Conor Dunne said it was no easy day in the saddle;
“I crashed lightly early on and punctured out of the front bunch with about 60km to go but managed to get back in. With all the rain the roads were covered in stones, much and quite slippy… so was a proper classic race! I tried a move inside 5km to go from our group but got caught with about 2km to go. The legs were feeling good and I’m happy with how the day turned out!”
Dunne has had some excellent form of late – taking a top 10 GC finish at last weekend’s Kreizh Breizh Pro Tour were he also featured in contention for the KOM jersey.“My form’s definitely coming good after an illness hit start to the season. I’ve been working hard in training and also concentrating on my diet which I feel has been of benefit.”
Wilson looked strong in the saddle all day
21 year old Jack Wilson (aka The Birthday Boy) once again showed that he’s not afraid to mix it with the World Tour riders on the big stage when given the chance. Alongside Dunne and team mate Ryan Mullen; Wilson was active from early on in the one-day race as they tried to get clear in an escape. Finishing just 32secs back on eventual winner Adam Blythe (NFTO) the Northern Ireland rider is clearly enjoying his racing this season.
When you’re racing close to home there’s always family about to support / embarrass you!