Mahe storms to victory in Yorkshire

Published: Saturday 2nd May 2015 by The News Editor

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Louise Mahe won the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire women’s race in a photo finish in York on Saturday.

The IKON-Mazda rider edged out Eileen Roe (Wiggle Honda) and Katie Curtis (Pearl Izumi) by a matter of inches after four laps of the 20km circuit around the historic city.

Ninety-nine riders, across four categories, lined up for the race on the circuit which is also part of stage two of the men’s race later in the day.

“It was really fast the whole time,” London-based Mahe said of the race. “I think someone has said the average speed was 24.7 mph so it was really quick. You looked back and it was strung out so you know everyone is going hard and people are clinging on.”

The course was once again lined with spectators and Mahe described the atmosphere as “amazing”.

“There were crowds all around the course and people cheering us on. At one point I just thought, ‘Wow, this is quite cool’.

“It almost seems in the UK that it’s a normal thing to have a Tour and a women’s race running alongside. It should only go from strength to strength.”

Katie Archibald, another Pearl Izumi rider, won the sprint competition – crossing the line second after the first and second laps, and first after the third.

Both she and Curtis were helped by team-mate Dame Sarah Storey, the three-time British national track champion and multiple Paralympic Games gold medal winner.

“I was in charge of working hard today, using my big engine to make it hard for the other teams and making my team-mates’ race as easy as possible,” Storey said. “Katie Archibald has won the sprint and we’ve got Katie Curtis on the podium so hopefully that power has been put to good use.

“It was a fantastic event, the organisers have done an amazing job and the atmosphere all round the circuit was superb, there was a real buzz about it.

“There’s a long way to go but this is a brilliant start today.”

Published: Saturday 2nd May 2015 by The News Editor

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