Connor Swift took his third victory of the 2017 season with an audacious late attack at the Leicester Castle Classic, while Johnny McEvoy sealed a day of Madison Genesis dominance as he took the British GP Series title.
McEvoy’s title came despite going into the final round in second place, having to close a five-point deficit.
The man from St. Helens delivered, following up strong performances in the Tour of the Reservoir and Stockton GP with a result good enough to overhaul the points gap and take the title.
Swift’s win came in what is now his trademark style. Launching an attack in the final moments of the 80-kilometre race, he was able to get away from a fast-moving peloton and had the strength to hold off the sprinters.
Speaking after the race Swift recounted what it took to stay away for the win.
“I wouldn’t have expected it because it was such a tough race and I was suffering, but clearly everyone else was at the same time.
“Mike said as soon as we caught the break to hit it over the top and that’s what I did. I went as hard as I could for that last half, quarter.”
Swift's victory came after a high-paced race that defied expectations. Most of the peloton were removed from the 20-lap, 80-kilometre circuit, with only 30 riders remaining to contest the finishing stages.
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