Raleigh-GAC’s Bernie Sulzberger sprinted into top place in the points competition last night after a blisteringly fast race on Stage 3 of the Tour Series.
Crowds lined the Oxford city centre circuit in the warm spring sunshine to watch the Raleigh boys battle nine other teams in a fast and furious race up and down the mile long circuit on the main A4144 St Giles’ road.
The tight corners caused numerous crashes early on in the race, with Tobyn Horton and Daniel Holloway both coming down. Daniel had a particularly heavy crash, and was singing the praises of his Uvex helmet after the race, which saved him from a particularly nasty injury.
Bernie claimed second place in almost every intermediate sprint and came home 10th in the final standings and now has a healthy seven points lead over Marcel Six in the Sprint competition.
Bernie said “That was a very hard course and I’m feeling tired, the hairpins were really tight. It’s good to get the (sprinters) jersey, it’s pretty tight in that competition. We have another two rounds this week and we’re looking to hang on to it as long as we can.”
Team Manager Cherie will now focus efforts on getting the team higher up the standings: “I’m happy for Bernie taking the sprinters jersey, it’s got us on the podium but we have some work to do for the next round on Thursday. We have a strong team so we’ll regroup and put up a good fight at Redditch. Getting the jersey is a bonus but the Halfords Tour series is a team event and we know what we have to do as a team to get up there. We’ll keep working hard.”
Highlights are on ITV4 at 8pm this evening (Wednesday 23rd May), with Round Four of the Series taking place in Redditch tomorrow and Round Five on Friday in Aberystwyth.
The Tour Series jersey tops off a great few days for Bernie as he also won the East Midlands Divisional Championship for Raleigh-GAC with a solo win at the Sutton Bonnington road race event on Sunday 20th May.
Chapeau also to Raleigh-GAC’s Evan Oliphant who came second in the Scottish National Road Race over the weekend.