Oakworth’s Tom Moses scored a brilliant solo win in the East Midlands CiCLE Classic on Sunday.
The Rapha Condor JLT rider, who won a stage and wore yellow at the Tour of Normandy, was delighted to take victory on home soil in one of the toughest races in the country.
Moses finished ahead of runner-up Tom Scully and third-placed Mark McNally.
He said: “It’s really great to win here. It is a race that everyone in the UK wants to win and, after all of the team’s international success this year, I was especially motivated.”
Moses had been part of a seven-man move that had gone clear in the first hour of racing. With all of the major teams represented, the break soon pulled out a two-minute gap. However, a strong chase by the GB team saw their lead reduced to just over a minute before the first ascent of the Somerberg.
It was here that Moses and Yanto Barker took the initiative to attack, forcing the group to chase hard and pull themselves clear of the bunch.
Former Oakbank pupil Moses said: “As soon as the move went away I knew that I was on a good day.
“John (team director, Herety) came up to me in the break and told me that I shouldn’t show my hand too soon. But we started to slow a bit and the bunch came back so I had a go.
“We were brought back by the break but it was enough to pull us clear of the bunch.”
While the peloton wouldn’t see the break again, three riders, including Kristian House, did manage to bridge across to the move with ten kilometres to go.
Moses added: “When we came to the last ten kilometres I was feeling pretty good. Then when the counter-attack with Kristian got across, McNally went but I was ready and just went straight over the top of him and pressed on to the finish.”