Mark Downey excels for Team Wiggins at epic Lincoln GP

Posted on: May 13th, 2018

Mark Downey Team Wiggins Lincoln GP

Whether it’s track or road, Mark Downey of Team Wiggins is rarely off the podium. And so it proved the case again today at the Lincoln GP, one of the hardest and most prestigious pro races in England. He took 4th and also claimed the U23 classification.


Mark Downey 4th for Team Wiggins at Lincoln GP


Known as one of the hardest races on the UK pro calendar, the Lincoln GP saw Irish rider Mark Downey finish 4th today.

The Team Wiggins man was also leading U23 rider after an impressive outing. However, he said his team was hoping to win and so they were disappointed.

But from a personal perspective, the race relaunches the next phase of Downey’s season after a jaunt to the other side of the world for the Commonwealth Games.

The race was 103 miles and took in 13 laps of a circuit passing through Lincoln each time and up the cobbled climb of Michaelgate.

Damien Shaw (Holdsworth Pro Cycling) flew the flag for Ireland during the early stages. After an early escape had done clear the Mullingar man made a great effort to get across solo.

However, with the racing really on at the front, Shaw’s efforts were not successful. And he was reabsorbed by the peloton. That bunch would get smaller every lap up the climb.

Edmund Bradbury (JLT Condor), Charlie Tanfield (Canyon Eisberg), Tim Pidcock (Team Wiggins) and Connor Swift (Madison Genesis) had been leading since the early stages.

And with five laps to go they were caught by Madison Genesis rider George Pym, Steve Lampier, of Saint Piran, and Karol Domagalski (One Pro Cycling).

However, that enlarged escape was then caught by a chasing group, leaving more than 20 riders now in the first group on the road.

On the penultimate lap, Alex Richardson (Unattached), who had been in the early breakaway but had dropped back, attacked.

And that would prove the winning of the race as he came home alone to win.

Just behind him, Downey proved one of the strongest to take 4th place. He had attacked clear in a group of five after lone leader Richardson.

And while Downey’s group couldn’t catch the eventual winner, it stayed clear of those behind to mop up the placings.

Damien Shaw was next of the Irish contingent; in 34th at 4:53. Then came Cameron Jeffers of St Piran, in 59th place and at 5:39.

Lindsay Watson would finish on the same time, just two places back and in the colours of the Cycling Ulster selection.

His team mates for the day, Conor McCann and Darnell Moore, were just seconds behind; in 66th and 70th.

Matt Teggart was another couple of seconds back for Team Wiggins; in 73rd at 5:50. Then came Marc Potts, the Cycling Ulster man in 80th at 5:58.

Rounding out the Irish challenge, and finishing on a day when many pro riders abandoned; Marc Heaney of Cycling Ulster placed 89th at 6:14.


Sun, May 13: Lincoln GP (103miles)

1 Alexandar Richardson Private Member 3:54:00
2 Andrew Tennant Canyon Eisberg +16
3 Alistair Slater JLT Condor +24
4 Mark Downey Team Wiggins +28
5 James Oram One Pro Cycling +29
6 Connor Swift Madison Genesis +30
7 Max Stedman Canyon Eisberg +38
8 George Pym Madison Genesis +41
9 Ian Bibby JLT Condor +1:16
10 Gabriel Cullaigh Team Wiggins +1:18
11 Jonathan McEvoy Madison Genesis st
12 Dexter Gardias Canyon Eisberg +1:27
13 Thomas Baylis One Pro Cycling ¬¬¬st
14 Callum Ferguson Team KTM UK +1:29
15 Matthew Nowell Canyon Eisberg st
34 Damien Shaw Holdsworth Pro Racing +4:53
59 Cameron Jeffers Saint Piran +5:39
61 Lindsay Watson Cycling Ulster +5:39
66 Conor McCann Cycling Ulster +5:46
70 Darnell Moore Cycling Ulster +5:48
73 Matthew Teggart Team Wiggins +5:50
80 Marc Potts Cycling Ulster +5:58
89 Marc Heaney Cycling Ulster +6:14