MCCORMICK CLAIMS 5TH ON THE FINAL BATTLE UP MICHAELGATE | ONE Pro Cycling

A firm favourite on the British Calendar, 2017 saw the Lincoln Grand Prix celebrate its 62nd edition in the beautiful host City of Lincoln.

Starting in Cathedral Square under sunshine and blue skies, the riders gathered themselves under the gantry in preparation for 13 laps of a challenging 8 mile circuit, which included the famous cobbled climb of Michaelgate on each lap.

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Tom Stewart had the privilege of pinning number one on his race jersey following victory in the event in 2016.

As the flag dropped and the race was officially underway, the usual jostling for position began. As the early flourishes settled a leading group of 9 riders formed including Sam Williams from ONE Pro Cycling. With the peloton holding the group at just under 2 minutes it was the important that the breakaway kept the pressure on.

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The constant squeezing in the front group saw two riders dropped in the early stages of the race, leaving 7 leaders to work together to keep the peloton at bay. Williams looked strong and positioned himself well on each lap, picking up King of the Mountains points along the way.With 6 laps remaining, the breakaway increased their lead to 3 minutes 50 seconds before Madison Genesis took up position at the front of the peloton in a bid to close down the leaders.

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The intensity of the pace in the break caused a split amongst the riders, once again reducing its numbers, leaving just 5 individuals including Sam Williams with an advantage of 1 minute. However as they approached two laps to go, the leaders were finally absorbed back into what was left of the peloton. Heading into Michaelgate for the penultimate time, Williams took his place in the bunch after a solid day animating the break.

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In a quick turn of events, with less than 2 laps to go, a new lead group of six riders formed  including Kiwi rider Hayden McCormick. As the bell sounded for the final lap the group looked to be making good progress, Polish rider Karol Domagalski spotted the danger and surged across into the front group to make a strong leading group of seven.

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With all the teams happy their men were in the right place the gap quickly increased to 30 seconds, as they surged towards the final battle up Michaelgate. Johnny McEvoy of Madison Genesis attacked in the closing stages in a dangerous move but Domagalski committed himself to the chase, bringing McEvoy back with just one kilometre remaining, leaving the door open for Hayden McCormick to fight for a podium position.

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Finding himself out of position on the final climb Hayden McCormick fought his way to 5th place with Karol Domagalski taking a credible 7th but it was Ian Bibby of JLT who won the final battle up the cobbled climb, taking the 2017 honours after an impressive ride.