Danish victory at East Midlands International CiCLE Classic

Oh-so-close at first Premier Calendar outing for Team Kuota-road.cc

by nick_rearden   April 26, 2010  

Dan Craven 2nd, Michael Berling 1st, Yanto Barker 3rd pic courtesy of Placid Casual

After 105 punishing miles around the lanes and farm tracks of Rutland, Michael Berling of the Danish Glud & Marstrand team emerged from the dust storm to clinch victory in the 2010 East Midlands CiCLE Classic.

According to the British Cycling website, in second place was Dan Craven of the Rapha-Condor-Sharp team and Yanto Barker of Pendragon-Le Col third.

That was the result and all credit to the worthy winners on the podium but what we're sure you are waiting to read with bated breath is how the new Kuota-road.cc team fared in their first big international race.

Team Kuota-road.cc 2010

David McGowan, Jefte deBruin,Martin Smith, Jon Mozley, Dan Davies, Jeroen Janssen


According to directeur sportif  Eddie White, "The boys did exactly what I asked" and posted the requisite two riders in the form of Dan Davies and Jeroen "JJ" Janssen in the break which in various compositions survived right from the beginning and for the duration of the race.

 Jeroen "JJ" Janssen

Well, for the first 95 miles or so anyway. First of all JJ yielded complaining about the hills - don't forget he's a Dutchman. As he tweeted immediately following the race, "FlyingDutchJJ - long day in the saddle! happy to get into the break though. Legs haven't felt this sore yet this year!" and then later he posted in our discussion forum, "Unfortunately I had to let the leading group go after about 125k. Dan and I were quite happy being up there together! Plenty of speed in the legs, but the hills were killing me."

 Dan Davies

Young Dan Davies, however, managed to keep it going until 4Km from the end where he was swallowed by the bunch. His tweet said, "dan_davies86 - Regretted spending so much time off the front after 140km lol but at least should get @Kuota_RoadCC and @High5Nutrition some tv time."

According to Eddie, "It would have all been different if it had been a 95 mile race but I'm really proud of them for the committment and they all finished. We're really looking forward to the Tour Series."

We are very proud of you, too.

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Good outing for the team - well done.

P.S. You've got the rider names in the wrong order under the team photo.

posted by Old Cranky [278 posts]
27th April 2010 - 11:50


Nice jerseys. It was on TV?

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1449 posts]
27th April 2010 - 11:53


Whoops, yes, I had Martin and Jef the wrong way round. Now corrected.

It is due to be on Eurosport but not sure when yet. We'll let you know when we hear.

In the meantime there are some great pics doing the rounds. There are aussielarry's on flickr via the British Cycling website:


and these are placid_casual's on flickr. He took the "champagne" pic at the top


posted by nick_rearden [864 posts]
27th April 2010 - 13:27


Must have been standing right next to placid_casual at Owston!

Mine are here for those who did not see them on the other post:


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posted by Blackhound [466 posts]
27th April 2010 - 19:20


Thanks Blackhound!

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4201 posts]
27th April 2010 - 19:39


Here are some more great pics from Sarah Brook, pretty much the whole field.


posted by nick_rearden [864 posts]
29th April 2010 - 21:50