HULLBRIDGE cycling star Lloyd Chapman led his Leigh cycle team Richardson’s-Trek to an impressive one-two at the Chilham Summer Road Race.
Chapman, 24, led the team in the 12th race of the South East Road Race League in Kent and completed the 130km of the race followed by teammate Andrew Hastings.
But it was a comfortable win for Chapman, who had attacked Hastings with around 10km to the finish.
And Chapman, who had finished third in the Glendene Summer Classic at the beginning of the month, told the British Cycling website the race panned out exactly as he and the team had planned.
“The team plan was to split the race up,” he said. “A few guys jumped clear early so I attacked and got across, and a group of five formed.'
“We worked really well together, but Andy and I decided to alternate hard attacks on the last lap to get away and tire our breakaway companions.”
Chapman said his teammates almost dropped him at one point but they kept attacking, breaking away with after the last feed zone.
“I know the course,” continued Chapman, “so I was confident that if I got 25-30 seconds I would be clear. I got my head down and buried myself, and kept it going up the hill to the finish.”
The win was Chapman’s first of the season and he said it was a good moment after a difficult year.
“This is my first win of the season. It’s been a bad year so far with injuries and a crash at the National Road Race. I’ve had about three months out all in all, so it feels so good and such a relief to get a win.
“The team and sponsors have been extremely good at helping me get back to fitness and it great to repay them with a great win.”