Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Winner Clough Tames the Lyons

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Winner Clough Tames the Lyons

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Yorkshire rider Noel Clough (Middridge CRT) won the the third round of the 2004/05 ScienceinSport/NECCA Cyclo-Cross Series at Hetton Lyons Park on Sunday.

After missing the second round a fortnight ago, Clough repeated the result of round one ( promoted by his own club ( last month, although the manner of his win then seemed far more convincing.

Then nearest challenger Keith Murray suffered a last-gasp puncture ( but this time Murray was only 19 seconds behind.

Coming back into form after a year off was Stuart Wearmouth (MTS), who fnished in third place.

With the usual elite selection going away on the first circuit, the only surprise was that by the end of it the time gaps were not bigger.

Wearmouth led a quartet of Clough, Murray and Kenny Johnson into the second lap with the father-and-son duo of Darren and Terry Tiffen in pursuit 30 secs behind.

Another four riders ( James Anderson (Ferryhill Whs), Andy Oliver (Halfords), Vince Potter (Cleveland Whs) and Malcolm Lewis (VC Azzurri) at 45secs.

Come the second lap, though, and Clough was already stretching his legs as he led Wearmouth and Murray, who were having thier own private battle 12 seconds back as the chase had disintegrated.

Johnson, falling back, had been picked up by the Tiffens with Anderson's group also having split, the Ferryhill man now 20 seconds in front of his former companions.

With three of the scheduled seven laps gone, Darren Tiffen fell victim to a puncture at the far end of the course.

With no service in the Cat B event allowed outside the designated pits, his only option was to retire.

Murray, meanwhile, was busy counter-attacking Wearmouth, who had gone clear on the course's main climb while Murray was forced to run.

Taking him a lap to return the favour, Murray found himself in the same position on the successive loop.

Clough by this point was still only dangling ahead of the pair, unhindered but having to force the pace as Wearmouth had only 20 seconds to make up and Murray 25 with the Tiffen-Johnson duo next in line almost two minutes down. …

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