Roe sprints to victory

GUERNSEY just missed out on a podium clean-sweep in a successful Escape Velocity Spring Series race showing at the weekend.

James Roe competing in the Zwift race. (28237225)
James Roe competing in the Zwift race. (28237225)

While James Roe demonstrated sterling form to top the Zwiftpower standings for the fast-paced 61km, teammates Marc Cox and Matt Osborn followed him closely for third and fourth.

Roe’s winning time was 1hr 20min. 34sec. – shared with Japan’s N. Zaki – and the other speeding Sarnians finished within a second of him.

On a flowing six-lap course, with the lack of major climbs making for a fierce pace, the Sarnians initially bided their time and let an early breakaway escape. The break stuck for a while, lasting until the final third of the race, and yet despite several minor attacks in the late stages, it became evident that a finishing sprint was due.

Roe came out top after an extended charge for the line and though the powerful Japanese rider interrupted their finishing run, it had been a worthwhile endeavour for the Sarnians.

‘It was a good race,’ said the victorious Roe.

‘It was a really flat course and the other races we have done on Zwift have been hillier courses – they have been a bit of a fitness test.

‘A win in Zwift is not like winning in real life – you do not get the same adrenaline rush – but it’s always good to win and it’s just great to be racing with the boys.’

Maddie Wilson took the Guernsey women’s honours while competing in the shorter Category C race.

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