Alex Peters became the first ever winner of a round of the Spring Cup, the early season competition in British Cycling’s new Elite Road Series.
Riding for the Madison-Genesis team, based in Bradwell Abbey, the 20-year-old won the weekend’s two-day Tour of the Reservoir and added further emphasis to his victory taking Saturday’s opening 65 mile stage as well.
“I guess we’ve prepared for this season by thinking outside the box” said a very happy Roger Hammond, the double National Road Race champion and Madison-Genesis team manager.
“To come up with a result like that in the first race of the season, it’s very satisfying and like passing all the exams we’d set ourselves.”
Madison-Genesis put three riders in the first race defining nine man break that formed in the early miles of Saturday’s stage with Peters and Hawkins being joined by Kiwi Mike Northey and the conditions meant that the chasing field couldn’t pull them back despite their valiant efforts.
With only a handful of miles to go Northey slipped back leaving Peters and Hawkins to work together and attack in the closing 500 yards uphill drag to the line, Peters out-sprinting his more experienced team-mate.
Defending the lead into the second race on Sunday, they finished nine seconds behind the stage 2 winner, again finishing together but this time in fifth and 6th places, Peters and Hawkins had done enough to maintain their stranglehold on the general classification at the end of the weekend.
Hammond added: “Alex is neither a sprinter nor climber but his all-round ability meant he was able to deal with whatever the road through at him.”