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Lovatt From Stephens in Cotswolds

Ecclesiastical Tour of the Cotswolds, UCI 1.5, Gloucester, Sunday 30th July

Mark Lovatt secured his best win of the year and threw down
the gauntlet to

the riders chasing the Premier Calendar title, by winning the 119 miles

(190km) Ecclesiastical Tour of the Cotswolds on Sunday. It was Lovatt’s

second Premier win of a very consistent season for the 28 year old from Leek

in Staffordshire.

A three-man break of Lovatt, Matt Stephens and David McCann made the

significant move as the tough course began to take its toll. McCann trailed

off in the closing miles but Stephens and Lovatt were able to drive

themselves to the line where Lovatt had enough to squeeze out Stephens in a

battle of two non-sprinters.

Julian Winn’s 15th place has enabled him to leapfrog the absent Jon Clay at

the head of the Premier Calendar table. With leading contenders Clay, John

Tanner and Chris Newton likely to miss some or all of the remaining events

in the series, due to Olympic commitments, the Premier Calendar looks like a

straight head-to-head battle between Winn and Lovatt over the four remaining


Ecclesiastical Tour of the Cotswolds RESULTS (provisional)

1. Mark Lovatt (ProVision/Planet-X)

2. Matt Stephens (Linda McCartney)

3. David McCann (Ireland-National champion)

4. Scott Guyton (Flanders bikes/ Prefetex carpets)

5. John Tanner (ProVision/Planet-X-UK National Champion)

6. Christian Selin (Flanders)

7. Anthony Malarczyk (Real Cost Cars)

8. Thomas Evans (Ireland)

9. Huw Pritchard (Linda McCartney)

10. Mike Harrison (Tunstall Wheelers/Brian Rouke)

11. Danny Axford (Real Cost Cars)

12. Glyn Shirley (Rutland CC)

13. Harry Lodge (Amore-E-Vita)

14. Eugene Moriarty (Ireland)

15. Julian Winn (GS Strada/Rudy Project)

16. Kris Matthys (Flanders Pretefex)

17. Ronny Assez (Flanders Pretefex)

18. Julian Ramsbottom (Peter Read Racing/Caygill)

19. Tom Barras (Linda McCartney)

20. Ian Alexander (Cheltenham and County)

Premier Calendar Series Standings (provisional)

1 WINN Julian GS Strada/Rudy Project) 245

2 CLAY Jon SLBM 242

3 LOVATT Mark Provision Powerbar 234

4 NEWTON, Chris Middridge CRT 204

5 TANNER, John Provision Powerbar 202

6 MALARCZYK Anthony www.Real Cost Imports 181

7 ELLINGWORTH, Rod Team Mcell 159

8 PRITCHARD, Huw Linda McCartney-WCU 136

9 LYONS, Andy Terry Wright Cycles 124

10 DAWSON Kevin Pete Reade Racing 111

Next event in the series is the Havant International GP, based at the Havant

Leisure Centre, 6th August. Start time is 10am and the organiser is Garth

Staden on 01903 879 037.


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