Winning Moo-ve Means Victory for Trott in the Milk Race

City centre crit is won by a fraction of a second in exciting sprint finish

The podium – l-r: Katie Curtis, Laura Trott, Katie Archibald
Image: Andrew Peat

Laura Trott made it two wins in a week by claiming first place at the Milk Race in Nottingham on Sunday.

The win comes days after taking the honours at the Matrix GP Series in Redditch on Tuesday.

Riding for Matrix Fitness Pro Cycling, Trott shot for the line and grabbed first place by the tiny margin of three thousandths of a second.

A photo finish showed her just ahead of Pearl Izumi’s Katie Archibald, who raced with number 1 on her back after last year’s win.

Around 10,000 spectators turned out over the weekend and the sprint spectacle gave them something to cheer about. In third was Archibald’s team mate, Katie Curtis, followed by Dani King of Wiggle Honda.

Last year’s winner Katie Archibald leading. Image: Andrew Peat

Trott takes home a prize fun of £1,000 – the same sum given to the male winner – at the event sponsored by The Dairy Council and DairyCo.

The race initially ran between 1958 and 1993, but was resurrected in 2013 to great success, transforming Nottingham city centre on an annual basis.

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Team Matrix Fitness warming up. Image: Andrew Peat

Speaking after her win, Trott said: “It’s great to win such a prestigious event especially with an exciting sprint finish. I’m really pleased to return to Nottingham and be in front of such amazing crowds. Here’s hoping The Milk Race returns again next year!”

Sandy Wilkie, Chairman of The Dairy Council, said: “Last year’s Milk Race was a great occasion but today’s event has surpassed it. It was a fantastic spectacle and a great celebration of cycling and dairy.  Our congratulations go to Laura and Kristian [House – JLT Condor], and here’s hoping that, if further funding can be secured, The Milk Race can be a permanent fixture in the British sporting calendar for many years to come.”

Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture at Nottingham City Council, said: “Today was a fantastic day out for residents and visitors. Nottingham is delighted to host such an important cycling event – one of many this summer as we gear up to welcome more world class sporting events. Congratulations to both winners.”

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