Carnforth’s Cronshaw sprints to Leicester Castle Classic win

Matt Cronshaw.
Matt Cronshaw.

Carnforth cyclist Matt Cronshaw sprinted to a big win on Sunday.

The Madison Genesis rider got the better of six other breakaway rivals to win the Leicester Castle Classic, the final round of the British Cycling Elite Road Series.

Having come second in the Colne Grand Prix last month the 26-year-old capped a fine day for his team who attacked throughout the 80-kilometre, 20-lap course.

Cronshaw, who won a photo finish Pedal Heaven’s Alex Paton and One Pro Cycling’s George Atkins, said: “It was an incredible race.

“The first group that went away had four Madison Genesis guys in it.

“Most of the team have just come back from a training camp in the Pyrenees so we thought they may be a bit tired, but that wasn’t the case which was amazing.

“Erick (Rowsell) was like 10 men today.

“If he wasn’t driving it he was attacking, and he and Mark (McNally) set things up brilliantly for me in the sprint.

“Erick had a few digs, but with a lap and a bit to go McNally attacked and stayed away.

“Jon Mould brought him back and it all went pear-shaped, but in the sprint I came round Alex Paton with a few metres to go.

“I’ve really enjoyed my season with Madison.

“This race epitomises the team’s season, everyone just gets stuck in and it worked out.

“It’s really nice to end the Elite Road Series with a win – we’re looking forward to the Tour of Britain, although that’s a bit different from today!”
Madison Genesis dominated almost every move of the race around the city’s castle and football stadium.

With two laps left McNally attacked, and he held a lead of around five seconds until mid-way round the last circuit when he was swallowed up.

Heading for a seven-rider sprint finish, it was Cronshaw who took the win by a whisker from Paton and Atkins.

Next up for Cronshaw and the Madison Genesis squad is the Tour of Britain which starts on September 6.