Briggs: I’m hungry to win back jersey

Graham Briggs (second from left) in action during the British Cycling National Elite Road race Championships at Ampleforth.

Graham Briggs (second from left) in action during the British Cycling National Elite Road race Championships at Ampleforth.

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GRAHAM Briggs might have relinquished his National Circuit Race Championship title - but says it will make him even hungrier for success in the future.

The 28-year-old Rossington racer finished fifth for Raleigh-GAC in one of the highlights of the British racing calendar in Otley earlier this month.

Briggs’ crown went to homegrown West Yorkshire rider Scott Thwaites of Endura Racing who crossed the finish line first following an aggressive contest.

Briggs said: “Losing the jersey just makes me even more hungry to win the other races.

“I didn’t think I’d be able to win the jersey last year so I’ve been very proud wearing it and having them gives you that extra five percent when you really dig in when you’re hurting.

“To win one of the Halfords Tour Series rounds with it on was a special moment and a few podiums too so I’ve had a good run in it.

Reflecting on his fifth place finish, Briggs added: “The [Raleigh-GAC] guys rode amazingly for me tonight and I could not have asked for anything more from them really.

“I dropped my chain halfway down the descent and I didn’t want to press on the pedals and go over the bars at that point!

“Fair play to Endura who had three guys there on that top corner and it was game on from then on.”

The Rossington Wheelers member also took to Twitter to thank his Raleigh teammates and added “I went down with a fight”.

Briggs has an impressive record in the National Circuit Race Championship having won the event in Otley last year.

He also finished eighth when the race was held in Beverley in 2009.

Briggs was also in action in the British National Road Race Championships in Ampleforth on Sunday but failed to make an impression on the leaderboard as Ian Stannard recorded victory for Team Sky.

Doncaster’s cycling sensation, however, has enjoyed an impressive 2012.

He helped Team Raleigh to their first ever Halfords Tour Series win in Peterborough earlier this summer, and also won the opening round of the British Cycling Elite Circuit Series at Brighouse on Tuesday evening.