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Atkins rides to Maldon victory
3:23pm Thursday 17th October 2013 in Local Sport
LEWIS Atkins continued his fine end of season form with victory at the Maldon CC Road Race.
The Pedal Heaven Racing Team rider took victory in the 67-mile six-lap event held at Steeple.
The race, which fragmented into groups early on, was altogether heading to the finish, one kilometre beyond the summit of the hill on Batts Road.
The sprint for the line opened up on the climb with an attack by private rider Jason White.
Atkins and Spalding CC’s Tom Neale were able to follow the attack with Atkins proving strongest at the finish line, White having to settle for third place in the end.
In the supporting B race, over 44 miles, Maldon CC’s Neil Chapman got into an early breakaway along with Scott Walford, of the Iceni Velo team.
Walford and Chapman were eventually caught by the main bunch, leading to a sprint finish won by Bartosz Kawka, of Finchley Racing Team.
The points secured by Bartosz firmed up Finchley’s hold on first place in the Eastern Road Race League overall standings.
Robin Mould, of Bishop’s Stortford CC, was able to hold on for second place.
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