HMT has partnered with JLT Condor for a variety of health initiatives, including Ride with the Pros in Swansea and Ride with the Elite in Grimsby. These fantastic events offer the public the chance to ride a manageable route alongside professional cyclists, which will boost activity and fitness levels in the communities.
We are therefore delighted to announce that JLT Condor’s Richard Handley successfully cycled into the top 10 in the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire, which is a tough three day event that started on Friday 1st May 2015.
The event was born from the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart, and the final Queen Stage finished an unforgettable weekend in Yorkshire. Cyclists were overwhelmed with the 750,000 spectators who turned out on Sunday to show their support and cheer for their favourite cycling team, who rode between Wakefield and Roundhay Park.
Team manager John Herety commented: “The terrain was terrific and very difficuly on stage one and three, and the races were of a high standard. Rich read the race well and, on every occasion, was to the fore when the real fireworks started. It is confirmation of the talent he has, and I was pleased to see him finish in a high position. The crowds were unbelievable and it was a good experience for the team and the younger riders.
Tour de Yorkshire’s opening stage may have been billed as a sprint day, but it turned out to be anything but that, as cyclists embarked on a simple run to the finish. Team Sky chased the initial break, but were faced with a few battles along the way from the oppositions, but the race was split with 40km to go before the winning move.
Richard Handley proved his talent, as he was one of 15 riders who made the selection. Team Sky’s Deignan was responsible for hitting the hammer on the summit of the Côte de Robin Hood’s Bay after 145km, but only the following riders responded: Lars Petter Nordhaug (Sky), Stephane Rossetto (Confidis), Sammy Sanchez (BMZ) and Thomas Voecker (Europcar). Richard Handley secured ninth position in the chase group, finishing just one minute behind the stage winner, Lars Petter Nordhaug.
Stage 2 was a fantastic 175km race from Selby to York, and so it was left to the JLT Condor team to protect Handley’s position from Stage 1, and would therefore allow them to feature in the predicted brunch sprint into York.
It was Lotto-Jumbo, a Dutch team, that were victorious in Stage Two, after Moreno Hofland secured a Moreno Hofland securing an early break with just 5km before finishing the stage.
Harry Tanfield, JLT Condor’s newest recruit, finished Stage Two in 9th position, and so he was one of two British cyclists to make it into the top ten. The other British cyclist was British Road Race Champion, Ross Downing.
The Queen’s Stage featured six tough climbs, and offered just a few metres of flat road to Leeds. Following the clear weather on Friday and Saturday, grey clouds formed and the rain quickly followed, descending down on talented athletes during their ride from Wakefield.
An early break was made but Sky’s position remained strong, as they picked up the pace at the 50km mark, cycling at a fast pace to limit their rivals’ attack, who were just seconds away from the top position.
Bradley Wiggins was among the cyclists who shed most of the field, but that did not deter Richard Handley, who successfully maintained his place in a select group of riders.
During the 15km to the finish, Ben Herman of BMC Racing broke away from the cyclists, distancing himself from the 18 man group, which included JLT Condor’s Richard Handley.
Richard Handley and Erick Rowsell were undoubtedly the best of British on the day, with Steve Cummings of Team MTN-Qhubeka just missing out on the top 10, bagging the 11th spot.
Final overall classification
1. Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky in 12:47:56
2. Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing at 11 secs
3. Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Europcar at s.t.
4. Stephane Rossetto (Fra) at 13 secs
5. Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky at 24 secs
6. Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing at 1:05
7. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing at 1:15
8. Erick Rowsell (GBr) Madison-Genesis at 1:21
9. Huub Duijn (Ned) Roompot-Oranje at 1:27
10. Richard Handley (GBr) JLT-Condor at s.t.
Age Tour of Ulster
JLT Condor had more than just the Tour de Yorkshire, as the development riders performed superbly at the Age Tour of Ulster, with Felix English nabbing third position on Friday Night’s Prologue – a fantastic feat considering his near career-ending accident in February.
Ed Laverack’s performance marked the end to a brilliant weekend for the JLT Condor Team, as he won stage 3 of the 4 day race, cycling to victory from a breakaway group of four during the 148km stage to Cookstown, Northern Ireland.
The team contributed to Monday’s pace setting during the 112km final stage, successfully defending Ed Laverack’s position, which earned him the Mountains and Young Rider jersey competitions.