Report: Good day out at Velothon Wales
With Enrique Sanz 5th after being in the break all day and Adria Moreno 11th, Velothon Wales gave the riders in Raleigh GAC the opportunity to show themselves at the front of a major event.
“It was great to see Enrique and Adria at the sharp end of the race” team owner Cherie Pridham explained post race.
The team went into the race with some young riders like Grant Martin and Conn McDunphy who were there to get experience racing at that level whilst the others like Adam Kenway, Sebastian Mora, Enrique Sanz and Adria Moreno had the opportunity to get a result for the team and themselves in what was a high ranking UCI (International) event.
The race began like most British races and was very active at the front with riders trying to get clear and stay clear and it took a long while before a selection was made in a break and one the teams behind were happy with.
After an opening hour at almost 50k an hour, team boss Cherie said everyone in the team was getting involved in the moves at the front and were giving 110 per cent before the teams most prolific rider this season, Enrique made what was a very strong looking move that spent the majority off the race at the front.
It wasn’t until the Tumble mountain climb the second time up that the chase from behind was very active and the peloton was spitting and in the leading part of that group was Adria Moreno. With 50 kilometres to go, the gap to the group with Sanz was coming down and by the next mountain at Caerphilly, the race was again very active with two riders getting across and shortly after the rest of what was a very select group now numbering less than 25 riders.
In there was Adria Moreno who explained “after the Tumble in the chasing group, there were a lot of attacks that I tried to go with and then JLT were chasing. On the last climb, Karol Domgalski and Ian Bibby attacked around 300 metres for the top and my legs couldn’t follow them so I stay with a reduced group and afterwards, more riders joined my group from behind.”
Ahead of Adria, Ian Bibby and former Raleigh GAC rider Karol Domgalski stayed clear by a few seconds before a very select group of only a dozen riders including two from the original break, the team’s own Enrique Sanz and Chris Latham, came sprinting into the finish along with Adria.
Also in there was a rider bang in form, British sprinter Chris Lawless who had lapped the field in the Abergavenny crit on Friday night, and in the dash to the line for the final podium place, Lawless came in ahead of Latham and Sanz. Adria then came in 11th whilst seven minutes back, Adam Kenway finished 35th in what had been a brutal race.
Cherie finished by saying “It was great to see Enrique still up there at the end as he’d put the effort in out front all day and it was a hell of a ride but he was disappointed not to make the podium”. The team boss then added for Enrique it was an interesting time racing up the Caerphilly mountain. The last time he did that was 2011 when he was working for Tour de France contender, Nairo Quintana and this time, he was able to ride his own race.
The next races for the team are in Stockton in the North East.
Enrique Sanz finished the race sprinting for the final podium position
Adria Moreno was 11th in the race
Adam Kenway on the Tumble mountain in what was a select group after a brutal opening to the race