2013 Race Report
Report By Larry Hickmott www.velouk.net
Peter Kennaugh (Isle of Man) has won the Lincoln Grand Prix at the first attempt after breaking away from his final challenger, Marcin Bialoblocki (UK Youth) in the closing miles and holding on to win comfortably in the Isle of Man colours.
The race was notable by the large numbers in contention until four laps to go when Kennaugh started to assert his authority on the race just before the rain started to tumble on the cobbles. In front of a big crowd and climbing with ease close to the front, the Olympic champion broke clear on his own and after a few miles out front, was joined by Marcin Bialoblocki and New Zealand’s Tom Scully (Raleigh).
Dale Appleby makes a the first lap of the Lincoln GP.
These three forged a gap of almost two minutes from six riders and while the three became two as Scully was detached from the break, the six chasers were caught by the still very large group. With Raleigh having lost a rider in the front move, they went on the attack and were forcing it and at the finish that showed with Australian Lachlan Norris finishing third for Raleigh and fellow Australian Richard Lang in 5th place.
Peter Kennaugh: “It is great to be back in the Manx colours. It is the first time I have ridden a Premier Calendar and it was a shock to the system after riding in the pros. It’s every man for himself out there and no-one gives you an inch of room, everyone is knocking into you, taking your handlebars out and moving up when it’s not necessary.”
IG Sigma Sport rider Peter Hawkins forcing it after lap but still the peloton remained largely intact with all the movement at the back of the race.
“It’s a good standard though I’ll tell you that .I feel at home on those small climbs, as I am lighter than the rider I was with. I went on the climb after the feed just to test my legs and thought he might be able to come with me but at least I’d be able to see how he is and as he’d attacked me a few times on the flat, I knew he wasn’t confident for the climb. I was also cornering a bit better as well so I thought if I can get a gap, I can open up the gap on the corners before the climb.”
Kristian House was looking very strong early on but a gear problem where he climbed Michaelgate in the 11 sprocket seemed to dent that form
Marcin Bialoblocki (UK Youth)i: “I was very strong but I started to cramp and couldn’t do anything and he is a great rider. We worked equally in the break and then I tried to attack him on the final lap but my legs cramped”.
“The race was good for me early on. My teammates, they were working very well today and I was able to chill out for the first laps as they covered the moves. When I went, no-one chased as they covered the attacks. I feel good now and after a few big races I will feel even better!”
Lachlan Norris (Raleigh): “That was a good race by all of us today and it was just unlucky we lost Tom out of the break as it would have been a good finish for him. We were always represented and the boys rode well at the front of the race. Not quite the result we were looking for but still great to be on the podium”.
“This race is full on. The climb itself is really hard and you want to make sure you are in the top ten going into it but then over the back, there’s lots of attacking before the descent and there is always something going on. It’s a race you have to be on your toes the whole day. You can’t relax and make sure you don’t miss anything.”
“We’re starting to work better as a team after a few races and I am certainly getting into the swing of thing as far as the racing goes. I am more of climber but I think I’ll still be able to help the team in the crits. I won’t do them all but if there are some courses that suit me I can jump in and help the other guys. We have some good horsepower there.”