Briggs on top form in Girvan

ROSSINGTON racer Graham Briggs produced a top performance in the Girvan Three-Day stage race in Scotland over the Easter weekend.

He was second in the final stage of the 380-kilometre event on Easter Monday, leaving him fifth in the overall race standings - and seventh in the season-long Premier Calendar series.

In the opening stage he was just 32 seconds behind winner Chris Newton, and in that evening’s 16.5-mile criterium he was sixth in a bunch sprint.

On Easter Sunday Briggs won a six-rider sprint for the line in order to salvage fourth spot, and stepped up to fifth overall.

After 72 miles of wet and windy racing on Easter Monday, Briggs was at the front of the race, intent on giving his team leader Chris Newton a good lead out for the sprint to the finish.

But his pace was too much for Newton, and Briggs took second spot behind Rotherham’s Dean Down-ing.

Overall Briggs consolidated fifth spot, 1min 41sec behind overall winner Ian Wilkinson, while fellow Doncaster rider John Tanner finished eighth.

His best result was second in the opening stage, and he took seventh in stage two - just behind Briggs.

This weekend Briggs and Tanner are both down to ride the 115-mile Archer Grand Prix in Bucking-hamshire - one of the most popular on the British racing calendar.