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Posted On: April 10th, 2017

Madison Genesis : McEvoy sixth at Tour of the Wolds

Madison Genesis : McEvoy sixth at Tour of the Wolds


Johnny McEvoy finished sixth at a selective second round of the British Cycling Spring Cup, the Tour of the Wolds.

McEvoy was part of a 21-man group that made it to the finishing circuits in Louth after 86-miles of racing on the undulating roads of Lincolnshire.

Also in the leading group were Connor Swift and Matt Holmes, who had earlier animated the race with a trio of breakaway attempts.

Holmes made it away with Taylor Gunman and Alex Blain at earlier points in the race, but it was not to be and his final move was caught 20-miles before the finish.

Entering the finishing circuits the 21-strong group was made up of seven men from JLT Condor and five from One Pro Cycling.

Their strength in numbers led to them dominating the closing stages of the race – despite the best efforts of Connor Swift to disrupt proceedings.

After two rounds of the Spring Cup, Madison Genesis are ranked fifth overall in the standings, with the third event – the Chorley GP – taking place on Saturday April 17.

How the race unfolded

Riders departed Louth for the second round of the HSBC | British Cycling Spring Cup, as the Tour of the Wolds presented sunny skies and a challenging 102-mile course.

Ascending from the start there were a flurry of attacks and it was Matt Holmes who animated the action early on.

His first attempt was alongside Taylor Gunman in a strong seven-man move but alert to the danger the peloton regrouped at 26-miles.

After being caught, Holmes escaped again – this time alongside Alex Blain and eight others.

Making their move on the first ascent of Nettleton, the ten gained a maximum lead of one minute 27 seconds.

Holmes’ group was again reeled in, but a counter move at the second passing of Nettleton with Ian Bibby (JLT Condor), Liam Holohan (Metaltek Kuota) and Hayden McCormick (One Pro Cycling) saw the man from Wigan go clear for a third time.

As the four riders increased their lead to nearly a minute, the peloton gave furious chase on the return to Louth.

Despite reduced numbers of just 22-riders, they knew that a deficit of more than 90-seconds would stop them entering the finishing circuits at Louth.

On the winding roads returning to the town centre, the leaders were in disarray, allowing the peloton to rapidly close the gap and eventually make the catch with 20-miles remaining.

Only 21 men made it on to the finishing circuit to contest the victory – including Holmes, Johnny McEvoy and Connor Swift and what followed were eight laps at a furious tempo.

Holmes surrendered on the final passing, leaving McEvoy and Swift to contest the sprint.

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