Team News: Enrique Sanz leads Spring Cup Series
A year after his Spanish teammate and training partner Adria Moreno won the Spring Cup, Enrique Sanz now leads the series after two races.
Tenth place in the Tour of Wolds was perhaps disappointing for the ambitious sprinter who was second the weekend before, but cramping muscles in the final 500 metres took their toll on him in the rush to the line.
Enrique was the only Raleigh GAC rider in the team in the leading move after his teammates buried themselves to bring back a break and when that happened, and the fireworks began, the team leader was able to respond and go with the 21 rider move where the speed was so high, and the cross winds so damaging, many other riders were simply unable to hold their place in the group and went backwards.
The race was not without incident though and Adam Kenway needed a bike change at the worst time when the big group of 160 riders that started as one, were now all over the course in various groups and trapped in between them on the narrow roads were the team cars. Experienced team owner Cherie Pridham drove the team Toyota Auris Hybrid Touring Sports to Adam’s aid however and then got him back to the second group just as the team were taking up the chase of the move up the road.
The team leader Enrique Sanz, with many years of experience riding at World Tour level, and a very clever and professional rider says team owner Cherie Pridham, wanted his teammates to get him and his group to within sight of the leaders because he knew that things would kick off again as riders attacked to bridge across to the leaders. This is what did indeed happen and Sanz was ready to go with the attacks and stay in the race for the victory.
Speaking afterwards, Enrique explained “My legs were not bad today but not the best either. The race was very different because there was a very strong wind today and when the wind is like this, you have to stay in the front and I know how to race in the wind”.
“In one part of the race, when we miss the break, we provide the solution by working well together on the front and I am happy with the riders in the team who were able to do this. Then, JLT attack in the cross wind and I was able to follow JLT and One Pro and I do my best in the finale but I cramp in the sprint and did my best to get the best position (10th). I am happy to lead the series now too”.
Enrique will now lead the team in the Chorley Grand Prix next Saturday
Enrique Sanz in the series leader’s jersey
Enrique crosses the line in 10th place looking to the next race for that first victory in Britain
The team bury themselves for Enrique and the team, causing damage behind and closing the gap to the break up the road which if they had not done, would have meant a very different race coming to conclusion