Steve Lampier takes the lead in the HSBC National Road Series

Another top eight finish for Steve Lampier saw the Saint Piran man move to the head of the HSBC National Road Series standings. 

Round Three of the 10 race series took place on a hilly 100 mile circuit in Lancaster on Sunday 9th June. The Cornish team lined up alongside more than 100 riders from the UK’s top professional outfits, including six UCI Continental teams.

With over 2,600m of climbing, this was always going to be a tough course. The break of the day came early on and and saw Saint Piran’s Cameron Jeffers alongside John Archibald (Ribble Pro Cycling) and Edmund Bradbury (MEMIL Pro Cycling) build up a three minute lead at one point.

However, the break was eventually reeled in to set up a seven way battle for line honours. The sprint was won by Madison Genesis rider Ian Bibby, with Lampier coming in three seconds down in fifth spot. Combined with fifth and eighth place finishes in the previous two races, that was enough to take the Cornish rider onto 60 points for the series so far, top of the rankings and two points ahead of Bibby.

After participating in the biggest move of the day, Jeffers finished in 36th spot, 6:37 down on the winner. His earlier efforts were sufficient to give him second place in the day’s King of the Mountains competition though. Team mates Joe Evans and Ollie Maxwell finished a further four minutes behind.

In the Road Series team rankings, Saint Piran now sits in fifth place, above UCI Continental teams Vitus Pro Cycling and Ribble Pro Cycling.

 Saint Piran are next in action in Round Four of the HSBC National Road Series at the Circuit of the Mendips on 16th June.

Ricci Pascoe