August Bank Holiday 2019
The SD Sealants Junior Tour of Wales 2019 is complete.
Stage 5 saw attacks from the start as a break of 14 formed on the way down to the beautiful village of Tintern and the lightning fast sprint just past the Abbey.
In the end, as always, it was the final climb of the Tumble that shaped the race, and the final result. Isaac Peatfield of the Green Jersey RT attacked his final breakaway companions to take the stage. Behind him, Team Backstedt’s Lewis Askey held on to his seven second lead to secure overall victory in his final junior race. VC Londres’ Thomas Gloag signed off a swashbuckling ride with the King of the Mountains jersey and the award for Most Combative Rider. After a titanic battle with Fensham-Howes’ Sam Watson, Alfie George clinched the Green Jersey by a single point. Meanwhile, talented first-year Joe Pidcock claimed the Blue Jersey of Best Young Rider and VC Londres talented quartet of Gloag, Leo Hayter, Finley Newmark and Oscar Nilsson-Julien dominated the Team Competition, winning by over eight minutes.
The sun shined all weekend and we saw some wonderful racing. Thank you to everyone who rode, sponsored, supported, mechanic-ed, drove, medic-ed, and made Junior Tour 2019 so much more than just a bike race.
To the class of 2001, the best of luck. Although you have enough talent not to need it. To the class of 2002, you’d better be at your best next year, because our spies tell us the class of 2003 has some pretty special riders just waiting to be let loose.
See you on 28th August 2020 for the 40th Junior Tour of Wales.
Photographs courtesy of and © Huw Fairclough, and Guy Swarbrick, Andy Whitehouse for British Cycling