VIDEO: Zak Dempster wins Rutland-Melton CiCLE Classic

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AUSTRIAN rider Zak Dempster won yesterday’s Rutland-Melton CiCLE classic by the narrowest of margins, pulling ahead on the final straight.

Dempster, riding for the Rapha Condor Sharp team, led a pack of 18 riders across the line in 4 hours, 9 minutes and 56 seconds to clock an average speed of just over 25mph for the 105 mile race.

Rutland-Melton International CiCLE Classic. The start of the race in Oakham. Photo: SM170411-018ow.jpg

Rutland-Melton International CiCLE Classic. The start of the race in Oakham. Photo: SM170411-018ow.jpg

Of the 172 cyclists to start the race, only 90 completed the course, which began in Oakham and took in two laps of Rutland Water and a hill-section through Somerby and Owston before a sprint to the line in Melton.

Two Oakham riders were among the cyclists who represented more then 30 countries in Britain’s biggest one-day cycle race.

James Cambridge finished 61st while Ryan Henry was one of many riders to foul of the tough course and did not finish.

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