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Melanie Sneddon powered to a sizeable victory as Steve Lampier racked up his fifth win of the season in the Giant Helston 10-mile time trial in Cornwall on Sunday.
Former road pro Lampier (Saint Piran) has had four previous wins over the 10-mile distance this season with his last coming in the Lanhydrock Wheelers hosted event last month.
A time of 20-35 was enough to separate him from the pack by 37 seconds on what was described a “hot day but around 30 seconds slower than normal - the air pressure just slowed the track down a lot so nobody had the chance to go sub 20”.
It wasn’t all bad news in the times department and despite not getting the win, second-placed Sandy Gourley (Penzance Wheelers CC) was able to battle the conditions to record a personal best for the course of 21-12.
Gavin Macdougall (Tavistock Wheelers CC) finished third to notch only his second podium of the year, the other being a win in last month’s Penzance Wheelers 25-miler.
Melanie Sneddon (TORQ Performance) blew away the competition in the women’s category as she finished with an impressive time of 22-45, recording her second win in as many weeks after victory in the Reading Cycling Club 10 last Saturday.
Sneddon’s time was good enough for equal ninth overall and finished 2-37 ahead of her next female competitor – no mean feat over a short 10-mile distance.
In second place was Martina Geraghty (Penzance Wheelers CC) with a time of 25-22 whilst Rose Willis (St Austell Wheelers CC) came in third with a 25-45.
Last year’s winner Edward O’Connell (University of Derby CC) had to settle for fifth place with the man in sixth, James Hadfield being the quickest home club rider for the Giant Helston team.
The S6/10 course starts near Tresilian, near Truro with riders travelling through the villages of Ladock and Newmills. A climb to Brighton roundabout challenges riders before retracing the course back to the finish.
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1. Steve Lampier (Saint Piran) 20-35
2. Sandy Gourley (Penzance Wheelers CC) 21-12
3. Gavin Macdougall (Tavistock Wheelers CC) 21-24
4. Sam Perry (Manchester Wheelers) 21-44
5. Edward O’Connell (University of Derby CC) 22-09
6. James Hadfield (Giant Helston) 22-15
7. Tom Nancarrow (Latchem Sunwise RT) 22-23
8. Anthony Green (Penzance Wheelers CC) 22-42
=9. Peter Miners (Lanhydrock Wheelers) 22-45
=9. Melanie Sneddon (TORQ Performance) 22-45
1. Melanie Sneddon (TORQ Performance) 22-45
2. Martina Geraghty (Penzance Wheelers CC) 25-22
3. Rose Willis (St Austell Wheelers CC) 25-45