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Gold for Garner

© Photos coutesy of Rick at www.cyclsportphotos.com

Lucy Garner is having a great year cycling for Node4 Giordana Pro Cycling after retaining the rainbow jersey in Limburg making her double Junior world road champion Garner has taken to the boards in style at the National Track Championships taking gold in the Women’s National individual pursuit finishing with a time of 3.52.414, two and a half seconds clear of her rival! Excellent result for Lucy, everyone is predicting a bright future ahead for this rising star.

More photos here…


ToB Photo Competition

We have a winner! Congratulations to Emma Attwood for winning our ToB Photo Competition!

Picking out riders in the peleton can prove really difficult so to get 3 of the team in one shot was a great effort.

We had a good selection of entries some of which can be viewed here.

Thanks to all that sent their photos in, and for those that were unlucky this time keep checking the site for further competitions for another chance to get hold of some team kit.


Competition Winner

WE HAVE A WINNER!

Congratulations to Lee Fuller from Merseyside for winning our Node4 Pro Cycling team kit Competition!

The prize is on it’s way to Lee and he hopes to be riding in it by the end of the week!

Runners up prizes have also been sent to Andrew Beacham from Gloucester and Gethin Llewelyn of Pembroke.

Thanks to everyone that entered… Keep checking the website for future competitions!


Tour of Britain 2012 stage 8 Final

Stage 8 today signified the climax to the Tour of Britain, covering 91.9 miles between Reigate to Guildford taking on the stunning route over the Surrey Hills, through streets packed with fan’s and finishing on the renowned cobbled streets of Guildford. Earlier in the stage, along with an unexpected pause at a level crossing Node4-Giordana’s Pete William’s got out again in a break and secured more points nailing the Yodel Sprint competition.

William’s played a key part in the lead group of four for most of the race holding the Peleton off until they were caught by a chasing group led by Tiernan Locke on the Skoda King of the Mountains  super steep Cat 1 climb of Barhatch Lane that split the peleton, resulting in another break led by Sanchez with Dave Clarke of Node4-Giordana clinging on to contention at the front of the peleton.

With lots of riders campaigning for the individual final stage win today’s racing proved exciting with breaks a plenty including a bold move by Jack Bobridge with 30K to go, he was eventually reeled back in at around 13K to go.

At 6K to go the whole field was grouped together with Team Sky leading the Peleton and teams massing behind setting up for a dramatic finish on the Guildford cobbles seeing Mark Cavendish’s impressive finish to take the stage convincingly!

Congratulations to Jonathan Tiernan Locke for taking 1st in the overall General Classification.

A magnificent effort from The Node4-Giordana team throughout the Tour resulted in a 1st place for Pete William’s, a 2nd for Marcin Bialoblocki and 3rd for Matt Cronshaw in the Yodel sprint competition.

The 845, 8 stage event got underway last Sunday in Ipswich before finishing on the 8th stage today.

More information can be found on www.tourofbritain.com, TV coverage on ITV4 with highlights every evening.


Tour of Britain Stage 7

Stage 7 today covered 106.1 miles between Barnstaple and Dartmouth. The stage took on the heavy and rolling roads of Dartmoor, of which many consider to be the toughest stage of the Tour to date, this follows on from a killer stage yesterday in Wales. The route took in one Cat2 climb and two Cat1 climbs. The toughest being Merrivale after 56 miles followed by Coffin Stone at 65 miles. The undulating roads can only be described as relentless.

Earlier in the stage, Node4-Giordana’s Marcin Bialoblocki formed part of a talented 10 man break, which included both Italy’s Ivan Basso ans Spains Samuel Sanchez. Marcin picked up maximum YODEL Sprint points on two occasions, and in doing so helped team mate Pete Williams retain the lead in the Sprint contest.

The incredibly tough stage took its toll on many including World Champion Mark Cavendish, but the front group worked well and maintained a good gap until the closing stages when it began to split due to the inclines and hard graft of Basso and Sanchez. Marcin lost contact on the final climbs, but Node4′s Dave Clarke once again showed his ability in the hills, to form part of a chasing group which was driven by overall leader Jon Tiernan-Locke on one of the final climbs. They were close to catching the break on the outskirts of Dartmouth, but the stage win went to Sanchez’s team mate, Pablo Urtusan as he beat his fellow escapees on Dartmouth Promenade. The peloton were so fractured, riders were still finishing as the presentations were being made.

The team really are putting on a magnificent show, under the ultra-experienced guidance of team manager, and former winner of the  event back in 1988, the legendary Malcolm Elliot.

The 845 mile, 8 stage event got underway last Sunday in Ipswich, and finishes in Guildford on a cobbled climb tomorrow.

More information can be found on www.tourofbritain.com, TV coverage on ITV4 with highlights every evening. Also, follow the team via Twitter @node4procycling


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