Duggleby dashes home for Sharlston victory

Leeds professional cyclist Adam Duggleby secured victory in the Sportscover Classic Road Race in West Yorkshire yesterday, sprinting to victory in the prestigious event which formed part of the Yorkshire Road Race League.

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The 28-year-old, who rides for Wheelbase-Altura team, crossed the line ahead of three rivals at the end of a tough 80-mile race around the Sharlston area near Wakefield.

He had been part of an eight-rider break which had gone clear after just 10 of the 80 miles.

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With some of the weaker riders dropping out, the leading four ploughed on to contest the victory.

Yorkshire riders also did well in the CDNW League Road Race in Lancashire yesterday, with Leeds’s James Gullen (Hope Factory Racing) taking the win.

Gullen crossed the line 1min 15secs ahead of his nearest rival after attacking with six miles left.

Michael Ashurst (Biketreks) clinched second, just ahead of York-based Kit Gilham (Metaltek) in third.

In time trialling, Huddersfield Star Wheelers’ rider Mark Thaxter won the Kiveton Park CC event at Hatfield Woodhouse, South Yorkshire, on Saturday. The event was cut from 25 miles to just 10 miles because of roadworks, and Thaxter clocked 21:04 to win by 32 seconds from Team Swift’s Robby Krygsman, while Nigel Haigh (Strategic Lions) took third, another three seconds off the pace.

In East Yorkshire, Yorkshire Velo had to cancel their scheduled 10-mile time trial on the superfast V718 course at South Cave because of roadworks.