Team News – NFTO for Wiltshire


In a race for sprinters, NFTO head for the Wiltshire Grand Prix with a strong team headed by Steele Von Hoff


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Team News – NFTO for Wiltshire

Sunday sees the final major domestic road race before the Pearl Izumi Tour Series as the Cycle Wiltshire Grand Prix takes place around the town of Wilton and NFTO are ready to hit the awesome button again.

After a win at Chorley in the first round of the British National Series for Elite Men, and then a win at the CiCLE Classic, the red and black army are ready for the challenge to light up the roads in Wiltshire.

The team come into the race in good form, after most of the riders competed in the inaugural Tour of Yorkshire last weekend, and have three days of solid racing in their legs. Ian Bibby won the most aggressive rider honour on the final day of ToY and will be looking to continue that style of racing back within the domestic scene.

Analysing the race, Dave Povall the team Sports Director is prepared knowing that “the race normally comes down to a sprint finish along the streets of Wilton”, however there is a climb up Fovant Down and as always with British racing, anything can happen.


“This weekend will be good, as there is always a bit of extra pressure when you have the red jersey upon your shoulders, so to start without that is sometimes easier. The boys will look to go out there and race their own race,” Povall said.”

“Ian Bibby and Steele von Hoff come into the event with significant wins already under their belt this season, taking out Chorley GP and the Rutland – Melton International CiCLE Classic respectively. “Steele is the obvious choice if it comes down to a sprint finish, however Bibby has been racing incredibly recently and a potential winner. He showed his class at ToY animating the race and entertaining the crowds”.

“Johnny McEvoy is also a fantastic team rider, but has the potential to win the race in his own right. He was riding strong during ToY and will be looking to make an impact on the domestic scene. Rob Partridge and James Lowsley- Williams showed how strong they were last week in Yorkshire riding alongside Team Sky and Jumbo-Lotto to pull back the break on Stage 2 and could be great options, either up the road in a break, protecting and working for Steele in the sprint, or going for the win in their own right”.

“Sam Harrison, Zach May and Edmund Bradbury come in fresh having not raced ToY last weekend. Sam has had a few health issues recently but has been training hard and is raring to go. Zach is fast and in great condition which he showed last night winning the Castle Coombe Crit”.

“He’s been ‘chomping at the bit’ to race the bigger races recently and his selection is testament to his hard work ethic and motivation. This is also Ed’s first outing for the year at this level as he’s a natural Time-trialist and has not been suited to this point but will bring that extra level of horsepower to the team required for this race.”

Zach MAY

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