Joe Fry happy with National Road Series debut alongside Team Sky’s Ben Swift and Peter Kennaugh
PUBLISHED: 06:30 15 April 2016
Joe Fry was a happy man after his first National Road Series race in the Manx International Grand Prix – an event which saw him lock horns with Team Sky duo Ben Swift and Peter Kennaugh, the current British champion.
The Potters Bar racer is in his first season as a professional and came home in 13th position, three minutes and 50 seconds behind the winner, Ian Bibby of NFTO.
The race was 113 miles in total and covered three laps of the iconic Isle of Man TT course, including the almost eight mile long ascent of Snaefell Mountain.
But for Fry, who was part of the decisive 19-man breakaway, the whole experience was a positive one.
The Pedal Heaven rider said: “I’m pretty chuffed with it. It was my first Spring Trophy race and I felt good.
“I spoke to Tim Elverson [Pedal Heaven’s sporting director] before the race and he told me there was no pressure.
“The plan was to do what I could for the team and stick around for as long as possible.
“I tried to get into the early break but the main move didn’t come till the second lap.
“Just before the final mountain I told [team-mate] James Gullen I didn’t think I had the legs [to stick with the leaders].
“But I was pleased. I could really focus on helping the team and was happy that my form.”
The 20-year-old said the inclusion of Swift, fresh from his second place in the opening classic of the season, Milan-San Remo, and British champion on the start list was “a bit daunting” but he said it was a fantastic opportunity to learn from two of Britain’s best at close quarters.
He said: “They are world class but it was brilliant to have riders of that standard alongside me.
“I could see what they were doing and it was good to take that away and learn from it.”
He is waiting for news on whether he will be part of Pedal Heaven’s team for this weekend’s two-day Tour of the Reservoir race in County Durham.
After that he has his eyes focused on the Rutland Melton Classic and the An Post Ras race, an eight-day stage race round Ireland.
But for now he is still revelling in every moment.
“All of this is really new but I am just loving it. Everyone [in the peloton] knows what they are doing and that has made me feel at home.”
Manx International GP Result:
1.Ian Bibby (NFTO) Four hours, 29 minutes, 35 seconds.
2.Erick Rowsell (Madison Genesis) at 44 seconds
3.Ben Swift (Team Sky) 1.11
4.Matt Holmes (Madison Genesis) 1.19
5.Thomas Stewart (Madison Genesis) 1.30
6.Steve Lampier (JLT Condor) s.t.
7.Peter Kennaugh (Team Sky) s.t.
8.James Gullen (Pedal Heaven) s.t.
9.Adria Moreno Sala (Raleigh GAC) 1.57
10.Adam Kenway (Metaltek Kuota Racing Team) s.t.
13.Joe Fry (Pedal Heaven) 3.50
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