UCI 1.2 | 22 April
One of the highlights of the British Calendar is the UCI 1.2 Rutland CiCLE Classic over 188km of racing which includes 11 Gravel sectors and 6 King of the Berg sprints. The race set off at a fast pace for two laps around Rutland Water before a breakaway of four riders went clear. The peloton were happy to sit back and allow the break to extend their lead to over 5 minutes.
Once the peloton hit the 120km the race really kicked off with the break’s advantage tumbling quickly. A crash for Jacob Scott & Emils Liepins saw them make a big effort to return to the peloton whilst a two punctures in quick succession for Jake Kelly saw his race ended early.
A break of 7 riders went clear in the closing stages including Karol Domagalski. Domagalski started to attack as the race went through the line with 20km to go but it was the gravel sector of Sawgate with 15km to go that saw the biggest drama of the day with punctures for 3 riders to see the break reduced to 4 with a further puncture on the final sector to see just 3 riders remain.
Domagalski continued to attack the whole way to Melton Mowbray but it was the inform Gabriel Cullaigh who was able to sprint by Domagalski on the finishing straight to take the victory with Domagalski 2nd. Pete Williams broke free from the small peloton in the closing stages to take 6th whilst Emils Liepins won the bunch sprint for 8th to see ONE Pro Cycling once again place 3 riders in the top 10. The result good enough to see ONE Pro Cycling claim the team prize.
|1||Gabriel Cullaigh||Team Wiggins||04:56:26|
|2||Karol Domagalski||ONE PRO Cycling||+0’01|
|3||Jeroen Koos Kers||Amsterdam||+0’04|
|4||Connor Swift||Madison Genesis||+0’38|
|5||Erick Rowsell||Madison Genesis||+0’56|
|6||Peter Williams||ONE PRO Cycling||+0’57|
|7||Tom Stewart||JLT Condor||+1’01|
|8||Emils Liepins||ONE PRO Cycling||+1’10|
|9||Tom Pidcock||Team Wiggins||“|
|10||Tobyn Horton||Madison Genesis||“|