Jock Wadley: Post Race Reactions


Talking to Adam Blythe, Graham Briggs and Yanto Barker after the Jock Wadley Memorial on Sunday in Essex

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Jock Wadley: Post Race Reactions

Adam Blythe: Coming from a WorldTour team, Adam Blythe found his way round the British peloton with second in the Jock Wadley


In his first big race (he’s won a small one in Wales) with his new team, Adam was very strong according to his rivals and whilst disappointed with second had this to say afterwards. “The race was okay. There was a lot of jumping around at the start and I got in the break but not all the guys were committing to it at first so it was a little bit strange”.

“Once we got into it, it was alright and the last few laps we pushed on a bit. I was a little bit nervous before the start as I didn’t know what to expect. A finish like that is always difficult with three fast men at the finish. Rob had that one attack and it paid off for him.”

“He attacked and all three of is just went ‘oh well’.

“The course was quite fast, a bit tough on the back straight but there isn’t much to say as it was riding round like a training ride! It wasn’t a normal scenario for me.”

Tour of the Reservoir is next for Adam with a few weeks of training before that.

Graham Briggs (Rapha Condor JLT 3rd) It was a good solid race and tough out front. Blythey was going well and it was good to open the lungs. Everyone was here apart from Madison so it was a good race.”

“You have to be active in these races early on and look for the move but we pulled a good gap out.”

Talking about the final few k where there was some cat and mouse, ‘Brigga’ explained “I was focused on Blythe and Rob went and I looked at him and Rob soon had five seconds. It is disappointing but nice to get on the podium.”


“The form is okay. I still feel a little tired from Tenerife where I had a good week training but with still a month to go before the Prems, it’s best not to get carried away too early! It is good to see where everyone is at and at least I’m competitive!”

Graham is doing a race in Wales before heading to Singapore for the International Crit there along Ed Clancy, Kristian House, Ed Laverack, as well as riders from other British teams such as George Harper and a host of other Brits.

Yanto Barker (Raleigh) “Today was the first day I’ve had all the right sensations so I am really happy. I am disappointed in the result but I’ve had a little time to come to terms with the fact that I was in a small group with two very very quick guys”

“That was always going to be difficult. Unfortunately, I think I set myself up for being marked out by making the first attack from the group. I felt like I needed to and I felt good but it was one of things where you draw attention to yourself.”


“Congrats to Rob though. He was getting dropped when there was an acceleration but that’s bike racing where the strongest guys don’t always win. I am pleased for Rob who showed guts and determination to keep coming back and ultimately he didn’t really attack.”

“He just rode and everyone gave him some space. The thing is when you’re a sprinter, the job is to keep the group together and they did half the job with me (bringing Yanto back when he attacked) but didn’t do the other half with Rob!”

“Adam wasn’t head and shoulders above us, he didn’t win, but he was a good one to have in the group and I think we’ll see a lot of him this season and I look forward to attacking him in the next race!”

“This race was a pleasure to ride today compared to last year. This race is good because the course is rolling and its fast and here, everybody can translate that strength from training to race speed which doesn’t happen overnight. These are the type of races that bring a rider on. This race should probably have a better status as its always well organised . I feel safe when I come here, so it was good.”


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