Thursday, April 18, 2024

Matthews back with big win


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So much for Darren Matthews’ rest and relaxation.
Cycling’s best is back, and with a bang, as the 22-year-old dominated a star-studded senior field on the way to winning Sunday’s criterium on the Constant circuit.
It was a spectacular return to the local circuit for Matthews, who came back home to rest but made his first domestic appearance this year before heading to his training base in Colombia.
Facing about 40 other riders, the one-time national road race champ attacked the field from the start of the 20-lap event and broke away from everyone except junior cyclists Edwin Sutherland and Kristin Vanderpool.
But the two quickly fell victim to the pace before Russell Elcock’s attempt to bridge the gap also proved futile. Elcock eventually finished second while Stuart Maloney crossed the line third.
Edward Julien outsprinted Gregory Austin and Wayne Cummins to win the masters category while Vanderpool finished ahead of Sutherland for the junior crown. In the tiny mites, Tremaine Forde-Catwell crossed the line first to beat Jacob Kelly and Chayne Goodman.
John Proverbs won the over-50s while David Gilkes did likewise in the novice division. (JM)
Seniors:  1. Darren Matthews, 2.  Russell Elcock, 3. Stuart Maloney
Juniors:  1. Kristin Vanderpool, 2. Edwin Sutherland
Masters 35-49: 1. Edward Julien, 2. Gregory Austin, 3. Wayne Cummins
Over-50s: 1. John Proverbs
Novices: 1. David Gilkes, 2. John Blackman, 3. Rene Lashley
Juveniles:  1. Darius Ramsammy
Tiny mites: 1. Tremaine Forde- Catwell, 2. Jacob Kelly, 3. Chayne Goodman


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