Stockwell overcomes crashes, mechanical problems and mud to retain series lead

PUBLISHED: 12:23 15 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:27 15 November 2017

Welwyn Wheelers' Oli Stockwell retained his series lead with a third place at Shrewsbury. Picture: ELIZABETH VAN DER WEIT

Welwyn Wheelers' Oli Stockwell retained his series lead with a third place at Shrewsbury. Picture: ELIZABETH VAN DER WEIT

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Oli Stockwell had to contend with crashes, mechanical problems and mud but still managed to finish third in the third round of the British Cycling National Cyclo-cross Series – retaining his leader’s jersey in the process.

The Welwyn Wheelers rider was in the U16 race on a difficult course in Shrewsbury and conditions forced a bike change at the end of every lap.

He managed to get into the leading group of six but when the leader clipped a marker post, five of the group came down, including Stockwell.

He suffered a front tyre blow out caused by a chainring cutting clean through forcing him to run a third of a lap before he could change bike in the pits.

It dropped him to sixth but he chased back and was closing on the leaders when the chequered flag dropped.

Euan Woodliffe was fourth in the U14 race, moving him to second overall. Caelen Miller finished in the top 20 on a tough day of racing.

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