Youth Tour of London brings fine results for Wheelers’ duo Woodliffe and Stockwell
PUBLISHED: 16:30 06 July 2018
Welwyn Wheelers took their talented youngsters to a national event and watched as they claimed some impressive results.
The Youth Tour of London was the fourth in the National Youth series and featured four stages spread across two days.
Day one took place in Redbridge and consisted of a one-lap time trial and a blisteringly hot one-hour circuit race while day two took the riders to the cyclopark in Gravesend which started with a 20-minutes sprint race before finishing with another circuit race.
And by the end the general classification showed the Wheelers with one on the podium and another just missing out.
Euan Woodliffe was the man on the podium, finishing third overall in the 75-strong U14 category and 52 seconds behind the winner, Joshua Tarling of Backstedt Hot Chillee.
He started the competition with a fantastic time trial that brought him second place and followed that up with a third place on stage two, ahead of team-mates Caelen Miller in fifth and Callum Moir.
A time bonus gave him the overnight lead but although he finished second on stage three, a time bonus this time gave the race lead to Ben Partridge of Hetton Hawks.
Miller was eighth and he took fourth on the final stage to finish seventh overall.
But the battle for the overall win between Woodliffe and Partridge was gatecrashed by a long lone break by Tarling who snatched the title.
Moir placed 35th overall.
In the U16 race Oli Stockwell came fourth, 30 seconds behind overall winner Joseph Pidcock and just two seconds behind a spot on the podium.
The race featured a total of 98 riders and started with Joe Kiely taking seventh on stage one and both he and team-mate Archie Peet were on the attack early in stage two.
That ended with Stockwell taking fifth and Tom Sharples ninth.
Stage three was where Stockwell made his move in GC as he and VCL’s Oscar Nilsson-Julien managed to take nearly 30 seconds on the rest of the field and stage four finished with Stockwell claiming another fifth.
The U16 race also featured Rizwan Hameed and Charlie Rollins while Iona Moir raced in the U16 girls.
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