Richardson prevails despite racing being stopped at Grouchos GP

Posted on: May 11th, 2019
Chris Richardson comes home solo to win the Grouchos GP after taking the race by the scruff of the neck and really going for it (Photo: Toby Watson)

Chris Richardson has taken a very strong win at the Grouchos GP after the riders experienced a bit more drama than they bargained for.

The racing came upon a funeral cortege at one point; unfortunate for all involved but an incident that sometimes cannot be helped when racing on public roads.

That forced a halt to be drawn to the racing for a period. But when the action got going again it was Richardson who led the way in Co Armagh.

The Bikehouse man had been in a six-man escape group for much of the race before the action was stopped for a while.

When the event was stopped and recommenced the breakaway was still clear with one lap remaining.

However, Richardson attacked the breakaway shortly after the restart and managed to forge clear solo, holding on all the way to the final climb.

As the breakaway he had been with was caught, Richardson continued to plough on alone up the hill at Richhill and survived for a very strong victory.

Just behind him, the race was intact as it began the final climb, though plenty of gaps opened in the final surge to the line behind the winner.

Andy McCullough arrived at the finish after the climb in very strong shape to take the runner-up spot for Killinchy CC.

And rounding out the podium for the Grouchos GP 2019 was Joe Henry of Velo Café Magasin.

Richardson in the breakaway before going solo…
…. and having a chat with the riders coming through up the road (Photos by Toby Watson)