Leazes: Win for UK Youth’s Niklas Gustavvson


Team UK Youth’s Niklas Gustavvson took the 2013 Elite Leazes Criterium title after an exciting three man breakaway in the annual Leazes Park Criterium on Friday

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Gustavvson secured the win with a fine sprint finish from Team Raleigh’s Evan Oliphant and Rapha Condor JLT’s Mike Cuming following 50 minutes and five laps of the park’s 1km circuit.

Olympic cycling track gold medallist, Ed Clancy finished at the head on the main field in fourth place after showing strongly in the early stages. Upon receiving the winners’ bouquet and the £1000 prize, Gustavvson, who also took the points prize, said: “We try as hard as we can and we have got a good thing going.”


Paul Lloyd, marketing director at Virgin Money, who presented the elite and senior race winners’ prizes, said: “It has been a wonderful night of racing and it is great to see the riders racing at full tilt in Leazes Park. Tonight’s event augers well for what promises to be a great weekend of cycling.”

Honours in the Senior race went to Jake Wormersley from Team Sportscover Bioracer with Alex Hopper (Team Wallis CHH) and local favourite Nick Spencer (Gosforth RC) in third.

On Sunday it is the turn of the women in the Curlew Cup women’s race at 9.30am with the Beaumont Trophy men’s race from 1pm from the village of Stamfordham.


Elite race top 10
1 Niklas Gustavvson Team UK Youth
2 Evan Oliphant Team Raleigh
3 Mike Cuming Rapha Condor JLT
4 Ed Clancy Rapha Condor JLT
5 Ian Wilkinson Team UK Youth
6 Alex Peters Madison Genesis
7 Chris Opie Team UK Youth
8 Graham Briggs Team Raleigh
9 Josh Hunt Team UK Youth
10 Tom Stewart Team Raleigh


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