Briggs is cycling champ

Graham Briggs

Graham Briggs

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TOP Doncaster professional cyclist Graham Briggs (pictured) has won the National Circuit Race Championship after a thrilling victory in Beverley, East Yorkshire.

Friday’s victory entitled Briggs to wear the red, white and blue jersey of national champion for the next 12 months.

Riding for the Rapha Condor-Sharp team, the Rossington-based rider opened a weekend of cycling events in style with his title win.

The Friday evening race opened a weekend of events in Beverley which included a series of leisure rides on Saturday as well as the East Yorkshire Classic road race on Sunday.

Part of the blue riband Premier Calendar Series, Sunday’s race was won by Continental professional Jeremy Hunt, while Briggs and his Rapha Condor team-mates had to settle for the minor placings.

“I got caught behind a crash early on and I was struggling to get into the break,” said Briggs afterwards.

“It was a very elite leading group with some great riders and I wasn’t feeling too great but it all came good in the end.

“I got married two weeks ago, and we’ve been on honeymoon so I was feeling it in the race. But I haven’t been totally off the bike – we went over to watch the Tour de France and I took my bike with me to get a bit of training in!”

Briggs’ experience of racing on cobbles, acquired during spells racing in Belgium and France earlier in his career, came into play in the race as the Beverley circuit also features cobbled sections.

For all his success in the sport, the 28-year-old remains true to his Rossington roots and competes every year in the Rossington Wheelers cyclo cross event, which he has won for the past two years in a row.