Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Super Ward Hits Highest Stan-Dard!

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Super Ward Hits Highest Stan-Dard!

Article excerpt

Former national junior 25-mile champion Steve Ward (Star Bikes RT) was a well-deserved winner of the Stan Robson Trophy Road Race at Ingleby Greenhow.

In doing so he proved too strong for the combined forces of this season's top team and 2004 Premier Calendar winner Malcolm Elliott.

Ward did have help along the way as misfortune befell both Elliott and Chris Newton, both who failed to finish.

Second was Robin Sharman of, currently second in this season's Premier Calendar rankings and who led team-mate Paul Manning across the line four seconds down.

The rest of the field was more than four minutes in arrears.

Although there were 85 rolling miles to be covered, the crucial break started forming after only four miles as Sharman led away Manning, Mark Wordsworth (JE James RT), Ashley Brown (Featherstone RC), and Elliott.

2003 world points champion Newton (riding for was also trying to make an impression on the event on what used to be one of his home courses.

However, after latching on to the break after six miles, he punctured and, with no service on hand, his race was effectively over.

With three of the event's initial four 10-mile loops covered, a chasing group of 10 men had formed, 1.30 behind the leaders.

Elliott was the next rider to climb into a car as one of his shoe plates had snapped from the pedal and he could only watch as the chase, and then the rest, flew past.

The break, however, held its lead steady as it switched to the smaller finishing circuit and, with 15 miles to go, Sharman attacked up the finishing climb with initially only Ward able to follow. …

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