Junior rider Josh Saunders got his UK racing season of to a mixed start amidst a 60 strong, predominantly senior field at only his second ever British Cycling Regional A event, the Sandisons 2 day stage race in Dorset last weekend.
The weekend began with a 1 mile hill climb, which saw the 17 year old playing to his strengths to place an impressive fourth.
Stage 2 was a 10 mile time trial with riders navigating a mixture of tight sweeping lanes and wide open B roads. All of the junior riders struggled to keep pace on restricted gears given a long gradual descent with a strong tailwind. This left Josh placed as first junior overall but almost half way down the field with two minutes to make up in the General Classification going into the final stage 55 mile road race on Sunday.
The road race was dominated from the start by a brave lone break which was eventually caught by a further breakaway group of 2. 18 riders, including Josh, eventually organised themselves for a concerted chase which would ultimately fall short. With three laps to go Josh continued to look strong in the chasing group and was well placed to contest the final lap sprint for fourth place, however luck was against him and a puncture would saw him retire with two laps to go.
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