Breeze Cycling rider Annasley Park took the win over the second race in the Matrix Fitness Women’s Grand Prix run as part of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series.
The Great Britain Olympic Development rider made a break with four laps to go – building up a lead of 22 seconds at most and managing to fend off a peloton of chasers working hard to pull her back.
The 45 minute criterium race featured a tough climb up Unicorn Hill, which caused the riders to become strung out from the very first lap. A group of 20 stronger women managed to create a split early on.
Within the group were riders from the team competition leaders, Drops Cycling, plus last year’s overall winner Nikki Juniper of Team Ford Eco Boost.
Further splits could have been created at the sprint laps – but no clear gaps emerged. The first sprint was won by Juniper, with Park in second and Grace Garner (Podium Ambition) in third.
The second sprint went to Park, with Garner second and Jo Tindley (WNT) third. Though a few riders attempted to get away from the group of 20, it wasn’t until Park made her attempt that anything stuck.
Riding away from the pack, Park was the first to cross the line, allowing the race for second to unfold in a sprint battle. It was Jessica Roberts (Liv Cycling Club) who took the honours with Grace Garner rounding off the podium.
Park claimed the sprint jersey, and Breeze Cycling won the team prize on the night, though Drops Cycling still maintain the overall team lead.
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