Joe Fry takes ‘special’ maiden win at Tour of the Reservoir
PUBLISHED: 06:30 22 April 2016
Joe Fry picked up a sensational first win at one of the country’s major races.
The Potters Bar cyclist took the overall title at the two-day Tour of the Reservoir in County Durham, a race which sees riders tackle challenging routes round the unforgiving Durham moors.
Fry got into the winning five-man move on the opening day that took over three minutes out of the rest of the field.
He eventually crossed the line in third behind Jonathan McEvoy of NFTO and overnight leader Tom Moses of JLT Condor.
And while a breakaway group contested the win on stage two, the Pedal Heaven Fry managed to get the jump on the rest, coming home sixth and, crucially, three seconds ahead of his main rivals.
The result has rocked the cycling world in Britain with the 20-year-old just months into his first professional contract.
“I think everyone is in shock,” said Fry. “I can’t believe it. It’s just mental.”
“My job along with Harry Tanfield on stage one was to get in the early break. Harry made it so I just waited to see what happened.
“It came back and then split a little in the crosswinds. We got up to four minutes at one point.
“I’m not really the best sprinter so I give it a go with three kilometres to go. They shut me down so I just waited for the sprint and was pleased with third.”
Encouraging words from team manager Tim Elverson, as well as being the protected rider on the second stage not only gave Fry the confidence to finish the job, but was a situation the youngster could get used to.
“Tim told me ‘don’t worry’ which just took lots of pressure away,” said Fry. “I didn’t have to worry about losing a potential podium place; I just had to do my best.
“It was very nice to have everyone looking after me. All these riders, such good riders, working for me. That really did put me at ease and put me in the best possible place to get a result.”
For the final, frantic dash Fry positioned himself on the wheel of team-mate Jack Pullar “who has a great kick” and that helped drag him clear to a “pretty special” win.
His day wasn’t complete though until a phone call after the race to his biggest fan, mum Dawn.
He said: “She was so happy. She knows the work that has gone in, all the family has put in, taking me to races over the years and helping me out.
“This year just keeps on getting better with every turn. I hope there’s many more to come.”
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