Cycling: Briggs wins Colne Grand Prix

Graham Briggs, pictured celebrating his win in Colne, claimed victory in the Wales Criterium. Photo: Anthony Farran
Graham Briggs, pictured celebrating his win in Colne, claimed victory in the Wales Criterium. Photo: Anthony Farran
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Doncaster’s Graham Briggs won the 2014 Colne Grand Prix on Wednesday night.

The Rapha Condor-JLT racer had previously had a quiet start to the British Cycling Elite Circuit Series - an event he won in 2012.

But victory in Lancashire, in the third race of the series, has shot ths 31-year-old from Rossington up the leaderboard.

Briggs edged to victory following a thrilling sprint finish, ahead of fellow Yorkshireman Dean Downing (NFTO Pro Cycling). Cumbria’s Andrew Hawdon (KTM Road and Trail) took third.

Briggs said: “I think this is my first time in the top 20 in this year’s series, so it’s nice to win - I’ve always done pretty well here.”