Ian Bibby, one of the many incredible cyclists on Team JLT Condor, emerged victorious at the Lincoln Grand Prix on Sunday. He battled tough competition and took first place for the second time in the HSBC UK | Spring Cup Series, having also won the Chorley Grand Prix last month
It was an intense race on the classic British course, a sixty-year-old race which sees riders take on 168km of flat out speed, twists and turns and an eye-watering climb up the famously cobbled Michaelgate. Nine riders took an early lead, breaking free off the peloton after one lap and quickly establishing a 43-second advantage.
JLT Condor’s Steve Lampier put up an impressive fight for the lead, maintaining a place in the leading pack throughout most of the race, even breaking away and launching a solo attack with just 60km left of the race.
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The other cyclists soon caught up and it was anyone’s race as the finish line drew nearer and the final lap of the picturesque Lincoln course began.
HMT supported cyclist Bibby broke free from the leading pack in the very last stages of the race to take first place and cross the finish line ahead of the fierce competition
It was an exciting finale to the to the fourth and final round of the Spring Cup Series, with JLT Condor being crowned as overall champions for an unfaltering and unforgettable performance from all cyclists in every round.
Ian Bibby has been trying to win the Lincoln Grand Prix since 2011, he said: “It is brilliant to take the win. I’ve had a few podiums but I’ve always lost it on the final ascent to the finish. Usually, I’m really aggressive but I decided to hang back and save my energy and go for one big attack rather than one hundred little ones.”
The 2017 race was the third time Bibby had taken a podium position at the classic British race, but only his first time at the top.
The next few weeks will see JLT Condor split into two squads, one will focus on next month Tour de Korea and the other will defend their title at the Tour Series 2017. JLT Condor dominated the event last year and are fiercely defending their title in a series of events across the UK. Read all about what the series has in store for the team here.
HMT is a proud supporter of JLT Condor and Storey Racing, providing pre-season medicals and injury support if needed. Our consultants are on hand to make sure the riders are in the best condition and reducing recovery time if they’re not.
Congratulations to all the cyclists for an outstanding performance, and we would like to wish them the best of luck for the upcoming races.