Doncaster Cycling Festival: Clancy takes Grand Prix honours

Ed Clancy wins Sunday's Whinfrey Briggs Grand Prix.
Ed Clancy wins Sunday's Whinfrey Briggs Grand Prix.

Barnsley’s Ed Clancy won the first ever Whinfrey Briggs Grand Prix, the climax of Sunday’s Doncaster Cycling Festival.

The double Olympic gold medallist claimed victory after a thrilling race to the line with Rotherham’s Dean Downing. James Moss finished third.

The trio charged ahead and were clear for the majority of the inaugural race, held in Doncaster town centre.

Clancy tweeted: “Nice to take the win just ahead of Dean Downing. Great crowd out enjoying some sunshine!”

Around 3,000 people watched more than 300 riders negotiate a track around Waterdale, Wood Street, Cleveland Street and College Road.

Organiser Martin Maltby, president of Doncaster Wheelers Cycling Club, hailed the event as a roaring success.

He said: “It could not have gone any better. The sun was out, we had hundreds of cyclists, from youngsters to elite racers, and thousands of spectators watching the action.

“We have seen some fantastic, dynamic racing and hopefully this will just be the start of something big.”

Paige Milward won the Women’s Grand Prix, while Worksop’s Andy Bishop won the 3/4 cat race. Thomas Pidcock, Jack Ford and George Southby won the respective junior races.