Cycling: Briggs and Stewart shine in Tour of Britain

Graham Briggs
Graham Briggs

Rossington’s Graham Briggs more than held his own among the elite of world cycling at the Tour of Britain.

The 32-year-old recorded four top ten finishes and for much of the event was among the leading British riders.

Briggs, part of the JLT Condor team, ended up 31st in the Tour’s general classification. He also picked up the Combativity Award during Stage Seven in East Anglia.

Cusworth’s Tom Stewart was 70th in the final standings and was named ‘King of the Mountains’ for Stage Two.

To put the pair’s achievement into some sort of context, cycling superstar Sir Bradley Wiggins finished the Tour in 81st position.

Briggs’ sensational showing was made all the more impressive considering his build-up was hampered by illness.

He originally started out as a cyclo-cross and mountain bike rider but over the last decade has become one of the country’s most consistent road racers.

n Team Wiggins will be among a high calibre field for this year’s YESSS Tickhill Grand Prix, which takes place on Sunday.

Organiser Richard Stoodley said: “We’ve been working hard all year to plan this year’s event, which promises to be bigger and better than ever.

“Getting Team Wiggins to support our event in only our third year is just amazing. It’ll not only give a huge boost to the other riders and spectators attending, but will also attract other top teams.”

Eight races, including Youth, Junior and Women’s and Men’s Elite, will commence from 11.30am onwards.