ORAM NARROWLY MISSES PODIUM AT RYEDALE GP | ONE Pro Cycling

A strong and determined ride from ONE Pro Cycling in York, saw Kiwi James Oram sprint home in 4th place, narrowly missing out on the podium after a valiant effort throughout the race.

Round three of the Grand Prix Series took place around the stunning grounds of Ampleforth Abbey in Yorkshire. The peloton covered a total of 150.9km, taking in three large laps of an undulating circuit followed by five smaller laps, each time crossing the finish line on a nasty uphill drag through the Abbey grounds.

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The flag dropped slightly later than planned but the usual jostle for position took place as teams fought for an opportunity to escape in the breakaway of the day.

At one point a large move of over twenty riders went clear including ‘The Dude’ Kristian House, before being brought back by the peloton due to the dangerous combination of strong individuals. Finally two riders went clear, Tom Moses  (JLT Condor) and James Lowsley Williams (Bike Channel), as the peloton eased up the two worked well to build their advantage, quickly building an impressive lead of 5 minutes and 10 seconds over the peloton.

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With JLT and Bike Channel content to have representation in the break, it was up to ONE Pro Cycling and Madison Genesis to react. Each team placed two riders on the front of the peloton and they began to slowly chip away at the advantage gained by the leaders.

Over the course of the next 10km the peloton took 1 minute out of the breakaway before steadying themselves and holding the advantage at approximately 4 minutes.

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With three and a half laps (54km) to go Tom Moses (JLT Condor) decided to go it alone and attacked his breakaway companion James Lowsley Williams (Bike Channel) who was eventually absorbed back into the peloton as the intensity continued to increase.

As the tempo rose, the peloton split on the climb, reducing the lead to just 2 minutes before once again regrouping. The pressure in the peloton was taking time out of Moses advantage and shortly afterwards the race split into 4 groups with James Oram and Tom Stewart of ONE Pro Cycling right in the front of the race as the lead now fell to just 1 minute.

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After an impressive day in the lead, Tom Moses was eventually caught with 15km remaining. Next up, it was the turn of Madison Genesis to launch an attack as former ONE Pro Cyclist Richard Handley sprung into action, opening up a small advantage. Handley’s lead never grew to more than 20 seconds and with 7km remaining he was joined by four others to create a strong lead group of 5.

Having missed the move James Oram and two other riders made a gutsy move and managed to bridge the gap as the lead stretched to 23 seconds, joining the leaders with just 3km to go.

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Now a leading group of 8, the riders held a slender advantage over the chasing peloton. Making their way into the grounds of Ampleforth Abbey for the final time, they began to fight for position once more as they set themselves up for a sprint finish

Surging into the final 200m, Oram made his move, jumping ahead of the group but it wasn’t enough and he was swamped on the line, finishing in a credible 4th place for the team after a strong and gutsy ride.

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Victory was awarded to Ollie Wood of Team Wiggins, closely followed by Matt Holmes of Madison and Graham Briggs of JLT Condor.