A strong season continues for the HMT Academy riders. Over the weekend, Alex Braybrooke sealed his place on the podium at the Junior Tour of the Basque Country. The Condor sponsored rider was racing the four stage event which finished on Sunday with a time trail around the medieval town of Gatika.
Braybrooke rode strongly on the 12km course securing 10th place on the stage in a time of 20:16, but he was beaten to the yellow jersey by Tomeu Gelabert who won the time trial.
The second place capped a strong ride from the HMT Academy riders, with Alfie Moses picking up the white young riders jersey. Earlier in the week, Braybrooke's teammate, Karl Baillie successfully rode across to a seven man breakaway. The group of eight riders created a lead of just over 1 minute with 10km to go and the peloton chased hard to bring the leaders back. Sensing the danger of the race coming back together, Baillie attacked the group and held out to sprint for the victory on stage 2.
The race was an important learning curve for the Academy riders especially as the extreme heat added another dimension to the racing. "Rob Gray demonstrated everything that HMT Academy look for in a rider today, coming back to the team car several times to pick up SIS bars, gels and hydration to take back up to the rest of the team at the front of the peloton." explained team manager, Mark Barry.
This is the first time the academy has attended the race in Spain which forms part of the UCI 1.1 World Junior Series. The riders will return to England for the Bath CC Junior Road Race who's previous winners include Bradley Wiggins and Tao Geoghegan Hart.
The next European race for the HMT Academy, supported by JLT and Condor is Ronde van Vlaanderen Juniores on 2nd August.
1. Tomeu Gelabert, Team Fundacion Contador (Official Junuior team of Alberto Contador)
2. Alex Braybrooke, HMT Academy pb JLT Condor
3. Joan Bou, Team Funcacion Contador
10. Stuart Balfour, HMT Academy pb JLT Condor
15. Alfie Moses, HMT Academy pb JLT Condor
Learn more about the academy supported by JLT and Condor on the HMT Academy website follow the team on twitter www.twitter.com/hmt_rra.