Cycling: Briggs bags win in Halfords Tour Series

Graham Briggs
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DONCASTER’S cycling sensation Graham Briggs helped Team Raleigh to their first ever Halfords Tour Series win in Peterborough.

Briggs switched allegiance from Rapha Condor Sharp to Raleigh this season and his guile and experience is starting to tell.

The current British Circuit Race Champion won in memorable fashion in Peterborough last year.

But his seventh place finish in this year’s race was arguably even more important because it handed Team Raleigh their first ever Halfords Tour Series win.

Briggs, who rode in Peterborough despite a recent bout of illness, said: “We have had a few rounds where it hasn’t gone our way so over the last few rounds, we’ve really wanted to turn it around and get a result.

“I got the bunch sprint which I think made the difference.

“We had two of our fastest guys in the break so the pressure was on me to do all I could in the bunch sprint so I just did my best and hoped they played their part.

“I love the Peterborough circuit and the crowd was great,” he added.

“I knew if I could get into the last corner first or second wheel it would be ideal.

“Holty (Simon Holt) did a great lead out and then I came off Wilko (Ian Wilkinson) and pipped him on the line.

“It was nice to have a flowing circuit with no dead turns.”

Briggs and Team Raleigh are in Colchester today for round eight of the city centre series.

They were less successful in Canary Wharf last Thursday.

Team Raleigh had to settle for sixth in the team event, while none of their riders managed a top ten finish in the individual result.

When the Free Press went to print Team Raleigh were fourth in the overall team standings, 15 points behind competition leaders Endura Racing.

The Halfords Tour Series is a ten round city centre cycling race series taking place throughout May and June.

The competition concludes with events in Woking (June 12) and Stoke-on-Trent (June 14).

Highlights of the event are broadcast on ITV4.