Yorkshire riders on top at home and abroad
Lizzie Armitstead claimed her first win of the season at the Omloop van het Hageland in Belgium.
Riding for Boels-Dolmans, the 25-year-old Olympic silver medallist won the UCI 1.2-ranked race for the second time, having triumphed in 2012.
The win was Armitstead’s first since clinching the British national title last June.
Burley-in-Wharfedale’s Scott Thwaites enhanced his Tour de France claims with a podium finish on day two of the Tour of West Flanders on Saturday.
Thwaites, who rides for Tour de France wild cards NetApp Endura, said: “I felt really strong and with the help of the team I was able to position well and take third in a chaotic sprint.”
Thwaites also finished eighth in the final stage on Sunday.
Leeds pro cycling ace Rob Partridge (Velosure-Giordana) raced to victory in the prestigious Jock Wadley memorial Road Race in Essex, crossing the line four seconds ahead after a thrilling four-up sprint finish near Colchester.
The 28-year-old Guiseley rider covered the 85-mile course in 3hr 11min 14sec, and edged out Dronfield’s Adam Blythe (NFTO) and Graham Briggs (Rapha Condor-JLT) from Doncaster into second and third respectively. But with just a few kilometres remaining Partridge looked to be struggling.
It was a second win of the weekend for Velosure, who had Yorkshireman Tom Bustard on top of the podium in the Roy Thame Cup in Buckinghamshire, just behind Leeds’s Adam Duggleby.
There was another Yorkshire win on Saturday thanks to Tom Barras, the 35-year-old Wheelbase rider from Leeds. He outsprinted Richard Hepworth (Velosure-Giordana) and Richard Meadows (NRG) to win the second round of the North East Spring Cup in Middlesbrough.