Tour of Normandie – 9th for Seb Mora


Raleigh GAC’s World champion on the track Seb Mora is ninth on stage 3 of the Tour of Normandie

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Normandie – 9th for Mora

More bunch kicks on stage three of the Tour de Normandie

Whilst small fractures at the front of the peloton saw a precious few seconds gained on stage 3 of the Tour of Normandie which saw the overall shaken up a bit thanks to the time bonuses, the stage again ended in a bunch kick.

Best of the British teams on the stage was Raleigh-GAC’s World champion on the track, Seb Mora from Spain who was ninth and once again the team’s leading rider on the stage.

However, without any significant time gaps, 65 riders are still within a minute of the leader on general classification, Oliver Pardini. Best of the British, team or rider, is James Shaw (Lotto Soudal U23) in 16th whilst on the same time is Tom Stewart of Madison Genesis in 18th, both at 40 seconds.

After four days, several teams have been losing riders through sickness and crashes and the key for all the teams such as Madison Genesis and the other British outfits, has been to stay upright and healthy while staying in position for the decisive moment.
Raleigh GAC boss Cherie Pridham explained that for them, her riders are now getting into the rhythm of the racing and working well together as a unit. “We’re getting better at looking after Seb (Mora) and today, Mattheiu (Boulo) and Morgan Kniesky did a good job for him today and the other lads helped where they could. It’s great for them to feel like it’s coming together after only a few days racing together as a team.”

“Heppy (Richard Hepworth) went out on a mammoth mission as well during the stage and was out between the peloton and break for a long time and got close to catching the break at one point.”
The Raleigh GAC team boss also mentioned that first year senior Jack Escritt is recovering well and finished with the peloton on stage 3 whilst George Pym too, is learning and working hard at his team role getting bottles and helping his teammates. Overall Cherie Pridham is happy with the performance so far with riders not only helping Seb Mora at the finishes but also getting into breaks now and again.

Stage four (Good Friday) in Bagnoles-de-l’Orne will be another 160-kilometre test in concentration and risk avoidance whilst looking for opportunities to show the team’s colours.


1. Timothy Dupont, Veranda`s Willems CT 4:16:39
2. Coen Vermeltfoort, Cyclingteam Join`s – De Rijke
3. Cees Bol, Rabobank Development Team
4. Willem Ariesen, SEG Racing Academy
5. Cyril Patoux, V.C. Pays de Loudeac

9. Sébastien Mora, Team Raleigh GAC
22. Matthieu Boulo, Team Raleigh GAC
23. James Shaw, Lotto Soudal Under 23
38. Thomas Stewart, Madison Genesis
44. George Pym, Team Raleigh GAC
51. Jack Escritt, Team Raleigh GAC
57. Morgan Kneisky, Team Raleigh GAC
70. Edward Laverack, JLT Condor
72. Erick Rowsell, Madison Genesis
76. Alistair Slater, JLT Condor
89. Conor Dunne, JLT Condor
92. Luke Grivell-Mellor, JLT Condor
121. Richard Hepworth, Team Raleigh GAC 0:07:01
127. Felix English, Madison Genesis

1. Olivier Pardini, Wallonie Bruxelles – Group Prot 13:36:48
2. Martijn Tusveld, Rabobank Development Team 0:00:07
3. Dylan Kowalski, V.C. Rouen 76 0:00:11

16. James Shaw, Lotto Soudal @40
18. Thomas Stewart, Madison Genesis @40
27. Erick Rowsell, Madison Genesis @43
32. Sébastien Mora, Team Raleigh GAC @47
36. Conor Dunne, JLT Condor @49
57. Alistair Slater, JLT Condor @55


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