Bourne cycling pro Lampier impresses at the Tour De Yorkshire
Bourne cycle pro Steve Lampier enjoyed a successful weekend of racing at the inaugural Tour De Yorkshire.
Peterborough Cycling Club professional Lampier, riding for his trade team Raleigh GAC, contested the inaugural three day race organised by ASO, the Tour De France organisers.
The event, which drew an estimated 1.2m live audience, was a legacy event following the extraordinary success of last summer’s Tour de France Grand Depart in Yorkshire, which attracted more than 2.5 million people to the county.
Lampier finished 18th on the third stage leap-frogging him to a very credible 18th in the general classification and just 2:38 behind the winner.
Team Sky’s Lars-Petter Nordhaug became the first winner of the Tour de Yorkshire, finishing the 515-kilometre race in 12 hours, 47 minutes 56 seconds, with an impressive average speed of 40.228kph.
The two-time Tour de France-winning team rallied when Nordhaug won on the seafront at Scarborough in the first stage and he led throughout the next two stages to claim overall victory by 11 seconds from Spain’s former Olympic champion Samuel Sanchez, with French Tour de France legend Thomas Voeckler finishing third, on the same time.
Lampier was out of contention to fight for the title but finished 18 seconds ahead of the 2012 Tour de France winner and Olympic gold medallist Sir Bradley Wiggins who was riding for his own newly formed team.