Breakaway heroics in vain for Blain at Paris-Camembert
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:15:12

Following very brief Tour Of The Reservoir celebrations in Northumberland, Team Raleigh motored down to Dover and across the Channel for the UCI 1.1 Paris-Camembert one-day race.

This long-running French classic made its debut in 1934 and includes famous Raleigh names such as Joop Zoetemelk, Laurent Fignon and Thierry Marie amongst its former winners. Lining up for Raleigh and looking to add their names to that list this morning (15 April 2014) were Morgan Kneisky, Matthieu Boulo, Mark Christian, Evan Oliphant, Liam Stones, Ian Wilkinson, Joe Perrett and Alexandre Blain.


The 210km course took a westerly route between the French capital and the Normandy town of Camembert, which traditionally rewards the winning rider with his body weight in cheese – a carrot on the end of a stick if ever there was one!

The 109 riders rolled out at 11am facing a gradually ascending profile to the mid-way point, followed by a lumpy conclusion to the race.

Making the early running was the Frenchman Blain who attacked after 5km and formed a break with four other riders. For 170km the break was clear before Blain made another attack as the peleton loomed large. He kept the marauding pack at bay for a further 2km before being overhauled.

Once the break was reeled in a 25-strong group escaped to the finish with Matthieu Boulo representing in the Raleigh colours.

The sprinters from AG2R, Francais Des Jeux and Europcar were to have their day after all but Boulo clocked in at 14th over the line. Meanwhile team mates Evan Oliphant and Mark Christian came home 30th and 31st respectively, followed by Morgan Kneisky and Liam Stones further back.

Watch this video for the highlights:

For a full list of results see Cycling News website.

Stones takes first place at Autostrasse Porsche Road Race
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:54:19

As reported by Kevin Curtis on the British Cycling website, Liam Stones powered his way to first place in the Autostrasse Porsche Racing Team Road Race in Ipswich on Sunday.

Having narrowly lost out to Lewis Atkins in the Westerley Spring Crits the day before, Stones went one better to record a great win at the 11-lap race in Somersham which boasted a field of 55 riders.



On the second lap, it was Stones that instigated a break, putting a fierce attack in early on. Seven other riders responded to the dig and joined him as he pulled away.

As the end of the race approached, the leading group had opened up a gap of around three minutes on the chasing pack and the final climb of Willensham Hill provided a tense finale.

Lewis Stevens (Strada Sport) made a break for the line but Stones was still looking strong and overhauled him, taking victory by a couple of bike lengths.

Stones said after the race: “There was the early breakaway which I instigated by attacking off the front.

“I got 400 metres and then a few others came over and we set off went quickly. The lads did well to get it away on the last few laps.

“But then we had a few sitters on, a few not working hard enough. There were a few attacks but nothing stuck until the last lap.

“Coming into the final hill, Lewis attacked and everyone was looking to me to catch him. I got a bit worried and went after him.

“Then, I heard Lewis shouting so I knew he was in a bit of pain. He got over the first hill then I just wound it up past him. It wasn’t a complicated race but it wasn’t easy. I’m off to France because I’ve got Paris-Camembert race on Tuesday.”

Oliphant wins Stage 2 of the Tour of the Reservoir
Sun, 13 Apr 2014 21:13:32

Repeating his 2013 victory, Evan Oliphant won the 104-mile second stage of the Tour of the Reservoir in Northumberland on Sunday.

Oliphant, 32, edged out Jon Mould (NFTO Pro Cycling) after eight laps of a testing circuit around Derwent Reservoir, with team-mate Ian Wilkinson sprinting home for third place ahead of Russell Downing (NFTO).


Oliphant, the reigning Elite Series champion, proved strongest on the run-in to win from Mould, with Wilkinson taking the sprint for third place seven seconds later by the tightest of margins over Russell Downing. Stage 1 winner Alex Peters and Peter Hawkins crossed the line two seconds later.

“Everyone seemed to have their hands on the tops of the bars, so I decided to have a go,” said Oliphant. “I was just spinning the big gear out and the elastic snapped. The race is two weeks earlier than last season, I don’t start to fire before the end of April so I’m pleased with that result.”

Watch the video highlights from British Cycling here:

Oliphant’s team mate Yanto Barker finished 3rd overall in the two-day event, consolidating the 3rd place finish in Stage 1. Talking to Velo UK after stage 1 Yanto said: “That break went before the prime on the first lap and Madison were strong from the start and I think they knew what they could do so they had three guys there, and they were all strong. Alex , fair play to him, started attacking right from the bottom of the climb and you could tell everyone was cooked.

“It was bloody hard work out there today. Even when you were on the wheel you were kind of not on the wheel as you were getting buffeted by the wind. We all had a good dig in the finale. Moses was leading Briggsy out on the run in but something happened to Graham. Tom pulled Alex back to within five seconds but we were all smashed.

“Bizarrely, our group was probably the easiest one to be in with us all pulling even turns at the front. There was no one missing turns, it was smooth and there was always a wheel to go on. It is all to play for tomorrow though because if the wind is like today, its going to be hard even though Madison are strong.

“This is one of the hardest races because its so early and you still have form to come but there is no shelter out there. I am quite satisfied with the ride. I had good preparation at the start of the year. A difficult February but I’m glad because I feel I am on it and where I want to be.”

The team head onto Paris now for the UCI 1.1 Paris-Camembert one-day race on Tuesday.

Read more about the Tour of the Reservoir here:

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Team Raleigh kit now available from
Tue, 08 Apr 2014 09:03:38

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Boulo 7th in Route Adelie
Sat, 05 Apr 2014 10:33:38

Yesterday (4th April 2014) was the UCI 1.1 Route Adelie, one of the major one-day races in the French calendar. Following the Tour de Normandie we stayed on in France to add this testing race to our programme.

The circuit race has had some notable victors in the past including Bernard Hinault, Laurent Jalabert and Jann Kirsipuu and some high profile Pro Continental teams were on the start line again this year.

Matthieu Boulo

Matthieu Boulo

Never ones to shy away from taking the fight to the bigger teams we were right in the mix until the finish. Matthieu Boulo, who’s best known for his climbing and cyclocross ability, crossed the line in a tight sprint finish with a host of star names from the continent.

The top 10 was as follows:

1/ Bryan Coquard (Team Europcar) – 4h39’21″

2/ Julien Simon (Cofidis, solutions crédits)

3/ Benoit Jarrier (Bretagne-Séché Environnement)

4/ Clément Koretzky (Bretagne-Séché Environnement)

5/ Manuel Belletti (Androni Giocattoli)

6/ Christophe Laborie (Bretagne-Séché Environnement)

7/ Matthieu Boulo (Team Raleigh)

8/ Julien Duval (Roubaix Lille Metropole)

9/ Sébastien Delfosse (Wallonie-Bruxelles)

10/ Julien Bérard (AG2R La Mondiale)

Cherie Pridham said: “Another super ride by Boulo, he’s had a very promising start to the season. Great support ride by the rest of the team too. I’m pleased with how the younger riders like George Atkins and Liam Stones coped with the demands of the 200km ride. All good prep for the rest of the season, especially the upcoming Tour of the Reservoir.”

See for more details.

Tour of Britain 2014 stages announced
Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:24:30

This year’s stages of the 2014 Tour of Britain were announced last night (31st March 2014) in Canary Wharf along with the news that the Tour of Britain has been upgraded to HC status. This news means that the Tour of Britain is elevated to one of the top 10 stage races in world cycling.

The eight-day Tour comprises nine stages with the final day split into a time trial and a criterium stage.

  • Stage One: Sunday 7 September Liverpool
  • Stage Two: Monday 8 September Knowsley to Llandudno
  • Stage Three: Tuesday 9 September Newtown to the Tumble
  • Stage Four: Wednesday 10 September Worcester to Bristol
  • Stage Five: Thursday 11 September Exmouth to Exeter
  • Stage Six: Friday 12 September Bath to Hemel Hempstead
  • Stage Seven: Saturday 13 September Camberley to Brighton
  • Stage Eight a: Sunday 14 September London individual time trial
  • Stage Eight b: Sunday 14 September London circuit race


Liverpool and London city centres will bookmark the route, with the latter hosting the final stage of the race, which will include an individual time trial for the first time since 2011.

Seven new venues will welcome The Tour of Britain in September, in addition to returns to the likes of Liverpool, Worcester and Exeter to Britain’s national Tour.

“With our toughest summit finish yet, an individual time trial in London and several longer stages, this year’s Tour of Britain has a varied and testing route that will present opportunities to a variety of riders,” said Race Director Mick Bennett.

“The route will again showcase some fantastic scenery, and combine major British cities with charming and picturesque towns and villages, as well as testing climbs, all of which will make for a memorable Tour.”

British Cycling’s Cyclesport Director, Jonny Clay, said: “This year’s Tour of Britain is set to be the biggest and best yet and is a fantastic way to showcase the event’s new, upgraded 2.HC status.

“The Tour of Britain will not only deliver on every level for cycling fans, giving them the opportunity to see the best teams and riders in the world competing on their door step, but it is also a great day out for people of all ages. Watching the race from the roadside is free, allowing thousands of spectators to get caught up in the excitement of the event passing through their city, town or village.”


For the first time since 2008 Liverpool will host The Tour of Britain, with the opening stage consisting of a ten-lap, 130km stage starting and finishing on The Strand, beneath the world-recognised skyline of the city’s Three Graces.

Stage Two, on Monday 8th September, will start from Knowsley, scene of Sir Bradley Wiggins’ time trial victory in the 2013 Tour, before heading across North Wales to a stage finishing with a lap of the Great Orme and a seafront sprint in Llandudno.

Wales will host a challenging second stage a day later heading through Powys and mid-Wales to a summit finish on the six-kilometre climb of The Tumble, above Abergavenny in the stunning landscapes of Monmouthshire.

Wednesday 10th September will see the world’s top riders racing into Bristol from Worcester at the end of a 182-kilometre leg, before tackling the one-kilometre, 10% climb of Bridge Valley Road to the finish on Clifton Downs.

A day later sees the return of the always popular Devon stage that will include the climb of Haytor on Dartmoor, which hosted The Tour’s first ever summit finish last September.

Another venue making its debut in the modern Tour is Bath, from where Stage Six will start close to the famous Royal Crescent on Friday 12th September. A 200-kilometre plus route will cross Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire and including a challenging finale in the Chiltern Hills, ahead of a stage finish in Hemel Hempstead, Dacorum.

Brighton and Sussex will host their first stage of the modern Tour of Britain on the penultimate day of the 2014 race, marking 20-years since the Tour de France visited the city. The longest in the race, Stage Seven will start in Camberley heading through West and East Sussex before the on Brighton’s Marine Drive, which will make perfect preparations for the World Road Race Championships thanks to its distance and arduous nature. In the closing kilometres riders will also face the challenge of the climb of Ditchling Beacon.

The battle for the race leader’s yellow jersey will go down to the final day in central London, with both an individual time trial and circuit race taking place on the iconic 8.8-kilometre circuit that takes in the capital’s best known landmarks, including the finish on Whitehall.

The national launch also saw the announcement of expanded television coverage for Britain’s national Tour, with three-hours of live coverage daily, plus an hour’s highlights show on each evening in a new multi-year deal with ITV.

An 18-team line-up of six-rider squads is planned for The Tour of Britain, with the first ten teams confirmed at the race’s national launch. Joining a Great Britain national squad in the race will be nine top-level UCI Pro Tour teams – Belkin Pro Cycling, BMC, Cannondale, Garmin Sharp, Movistar, Omega Pharma Quick-Step, Team Giant Shimano, Team Sky and Tinkoff – Saxo.

The identities of the remaining teams, as well as detailed route maps from new Tour partners Ordnance Survey showcasing intermediate Yodel Direct Sprints and SKODA King of the Mountains climbs will be announced in the Summer.


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