Preview: GP of Wales


Premier Calendar circus moves to Wales on Sunday for the tough Welsh GP over the Tumble and ten lumpy circuits of Abergavenny

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Winner of the British Road Race Championships on the course a few years ago now, Kristian House, wears number 1 at the head of a young Rapha team for a race over 103 miles. The race starts and finishes in Abergavenny taking in the pretty village of Usk, Raglan, Monmouth,and includes the mountain climb of the ‘Tumble’ before returning to Abergavenny for ten laps of the lumpy finishing circuit.


Kristian House, best placed of the domestic riders in the British RR Championships in Glasgow

The two teams with strong outfits, Raleigh and UK Youth have strength in depth with Raleigh having their two Premier Calendar hitters, series leaders Evan Oliphant and Tom Stewart whilst third placed Chris Opie rides for UK Youth. Raleigh got five riders in the break at Stockton last weekend and will be looking to make the numbers up front count for them in the quest for a win.

Winner at Stockton, Ian Wilkinson (UK Youth) has earned himself a holiday and Opie will be backed up by Yanto Baker, Marcin Bialoblocki, Niklas Gustavsson, James Lowsley-Williams, local boy Jon Mould and a Welsh ‘ex pat’ Rob Partridge.


Team UK Youth’s Ian Wilkinson wins in Stockton and gets a holiday from his team as a reward ….

Outside bets for a ‘ride; are the two Georges; Harper (Felt-Colbornes-Hargroves Cycles) and Atkins (GB Academy) whilst it will be interesting to see how Ian Bibby rides if he’s back from the Pyrenean training camp. Also down to ride for Madison Genesis is the winner from Beaumont, Dean Downing whilst the hilly course may suit the likes of Liam Holohan and Alex Peters.


Series leader Evan Oliphant (Raleigh).

Node 4 showed well in Stockton with Mike Northey and seem to be getting stronger as the season continues whilst IG Sigma Sport have riders coming back from injury including fourth placed in the series Peter Hawkins.

The course is rolling, twisting and turning through the area around Abergavenny over roads many rides will know. It’s the climb of the ‘Tumble’ that may be the key to the race, or at least the selection made at the front of the race. The finishing circuit is said to have a climb on it and insiders expect a small group sprint and not the bunch kick from the big break in the Stockton GP.

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Premier Calendar Series
1 Evan Oliphant Team Raleigh 246
2 Tom Stewart Team Raleigh 227
3 Chris Opie Team UK Youth 146
4 Peter Hawkins Team IG – Sigma Sport 139
5 Mike Northey Node4 – Girodana Racing 115
6 Marcin Bialoblocki Team UK Youth 114
7 Niklas Gustavsson Team UK Youth 111
8 Peter Williams Team IG – Sigma Sport 102
9 Peter Kennaugh Isle of Man 100
Dean Downing Madison Genesis 100

Riders * expect changes to line ups for the bigger teams like Raleigh. UK Youth’s team is listed above.
1 Kristian House Rapha Condor JLT
2 Hugh Carthy Rapha Condor JLT
3 Michael Cuming Rapha Condor JLT
4 Luke Grivell-Mellor Rapha Condor JLT
5 Richard Handley Rapha Condor JLT
6 Edward Laverack Rapha Condor JLT
7 Elliott Porter Rapha Condor JLT
8 Will Stephenson Rapha Condor JLT
9 Michael Ashurst Biketreks Racing Academy
10 Jonathan Cregeen Biketreks Racing Academy
11 James Dunlop Biketreks Racing Academy
12 Russell Falder Biketreks Racing Academy
13 Glyndwr Griffiths Bristol South CC
14 Matt Postle Bush Healthcare CRT
15 James Cartridge Cadence RT
16 Daniel Harris Clay Cross Road Team
17 Dante Carpenter Cube Fintro
18 William Bjergfelt Cycle Premier – Kovert
19 Michael Nicolson Doltcini Flanders
20 Tony Kiss Dynamic Bicycles UK/RPC
21 Matthew Ullmer Dynamic Bicycles UK/RPC
22 Oliver Beckingsale Endura MTB Racing
23 Luke Dunbar Equipe CMI
24 Ashley Martin Equipe CMI
25 Alexander Murison Equipe CMI
26 Conor Ryan Equipe CMI
27 Andrew Whitehall Equipe Velo Ecosse/Montpeliers
28 Finlay Young Equipe Velo Ecosse/Montpeliers
29 Andrew Feather Exeter Wheelers
30 Andrew Hargroves Felt-Colbornes-Hargroves RT
31 George Harper Felt-Colbornes-Hargroves RT
32 Matthew Higgins Felt-Colbornes-Hargroves RT
33 Robert Ward Felt-Colbornes-Hargroves RT
34 Graham Howell Forza Cycles Racing Team
35 David Griffiths Glasgow Whls
36 Matthew Clarke Halesowen A & CC
37 Alex Coutts Herbalife-Leisure Lakes
38 Giles Drake Herbalife-Leisure Lakes
39 Martin Ford Herbalife-Leisure Lakes
40 Gary Hand Herbalife-Leisure Lakes
41 Andrew Hawdon Herbalife-Leisure Lakes
42 William Haynes Herbalife-Leisure Lakes
43 James Sampson Herbalife-Leisure Lakes
44 Jake Martin Kingsnorth International Whlrs
45 Thomas Smith Lumet-VDBG Steenhouwerij
46 Sebastian Baylis Madison Genesis
47 Ian Bibby Madison Genesis
48 Dean Downing Madison Genesis
49 Liam Holohan Madison Genesis
50 Dominic Jelfs Madison Genesis
51 Alex Peters Madison Genesis
52 Chris Snook Madison Genesis
53 Andrew Tennant Madison Genesis
54 Dale Appleby Metaltek – Knights of Old Racing Team
55 Dexter Gardias Metaltek – Knights of Old Racing Team
56 Kit Gilham Metaltek – Knights of Old Racing Team
57 Gruffudd Lewis Metaltek – Knights of Old Racing Team
58 Rhys Lloyd Metaltek – Knights of Old Racing Team
59 David McGowan Metaltek – Knights of Old Racing Team
60 Tom Murray Metaltek – Knights of Old Racing Team
61 Robert Smail Metaltek – Knights of Old Racing Team
62 Perry Bowater MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling
63 Declan Byrne MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling
65 Jamie Caldwell MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling
66 Hefin Price NFTO
67 Hugh Wilson NFTO
68 Dan Barry Node4 – Giordana Racing
69 Nathan Edmondson Node4 – Giordana Racing
70 Steve Lampier Node4 – Giordana Racing
71 Shem Rodger Node4 – Giordana Racing
72 Roman Van Uden Node4 – Giordana Racing
73 Christian Varley Node4 – Giordana Racing
74 James Williamson Node4 – Giordana Racing
75 Jake Martin Pedal Heaven RT
76 Harry Godding PMR@Toachim House
77 Adam Bright Primal Europe Powered By
78 Tom Stockdale Primal Europe Powered By
79 James Williams Primal Europe Powered By Rutrainingtoday/Bikechainricci
80 Malcolm Dixon Severn RC
81 Antoine Gaudillat Spin Rotor Primal C-Originals RT
82 Chris Nicholson Spin Rotor Primal C-Originals RT
83 Colin Parry Spin Rotor Primal C-Originals RT
84 Nick Pilborough Spin Rotor Primal C-Originals RT
85 George Pym Spin Rotor Primal C-Originals RT
86 James Smith Spin Rotor Primal C-Originals RT
87 Mark Baines Spirit Bikes Racing Team
88 Edward Clemens Spirit Bikes Racing Team
89 Christopher Dredge Spirit Bikes Racing Team
90 Jack Waller Spirit Bikes Racing Team
91 Michael Smith Team Corley Cycles/Blue
92 John Whittington Team Diabetes UK
93 Richard Cartland Team Echelon – Rotor
94 Matt Cronshaw Team IG – Sigma Sport
95 Andrew Griffiths Team IG – Sigma Sport
96 Peter Hawkins Team IG – Sigma Sport
97 James Moss Team IG – Sigma Sport
98 Ryan Mullen Team IG – Sigma Sport
99 Joseph Perrett Team IG – Sigma Sport
100 Wouter Sybrandy Team IG – Sigma Sport
101 Peter Williams Team IG – Sigma Sport
102 Eric Berthou Team Raleigh
103 Alexandre Blain Team Raleigh
104 Graham Briggs Team Raleigh
105 Richard Lang Team Raleigh
106 Thomas Moses Team Raleigh
107 Evan Oliphant Team Raleigh
108 Thomas Scully Team Raleigh
109 Samuel Witmitz Team Raleigh
110 Daniel Patten Team Smartstop P/B Mountain Khakis
111 Joseph Moses Team Sportscover
112 Niklas Gustavsson Team UK Youth
113 Chris Opie Team UK Youth
114 Yanto Barker Team UK Youth (UCI Team)
115 Marcin Bialoblocki Team UK Youth (UCI Team)
116 Joshua Hunt Team UK Youth (UCI Team)
117 Greg Mansell Team UK Youth (UCI Team)
118 Robert Partridge Team UK Youth (UCI Team)
119 Ian Wilkinson Team UK Youth (UCI Team)
120 George Atkins 100%ME
121 Ben Simmons Team Wiggle
122 Daniel Davies Teamwallis CHH Racing Team
123 Liam Glen The Kinesis Morvelo Project
124 Steven Lawley
125 Anthony Moye Velo29-Blackhawk
126 Robert Adlard Velo29-Blackhawk
127 Tom Barras Wheelbase Altura MGD
128 Andrew Coupe Wheelbase Altura MGD
129 Adam Duggleby Wheelbase Altura MGD
130 Alistair Rutherford Wheelbase Altura MGD
131 Stuart Reid
132 Jack Adams Zappi’s Pro Cycling
133 Daniel Kelley Zappi’s Pro Cycling
134 Daniel Pearson Zappi’s Pro Cycling
135 James Ratcliffe Zappi’s Pro Cycling
136 Jacob Loftus Zappi’s Pro Cycling
137 Rhys Howells
138 Luke Ryn
139 Pete Vincent
140 Dean Shannon


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