Clancy shines on the track for team GB - 17/10/14
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Rapha Condor JLT’s Ed Clancy has added a third European Team Pursuit title to his impressive palmares, while representing Great Britain at the European Track Championships in Guadeloupe.
Clancy was part of the four-man GB team, along with Jon Dibben, Owain Doull and Andy Tennant, which beat Switzerland by over four seconds in the semi-final to gain a place against Germany for the gold medal ride off. In the final GB posted a winning time of 4:11.545, to beat Germany by just under one second.
Hugh Carthy Interview - 13/10/14
Hugh Carthy was one of the standout performers of the year for Rapha Condor JLT, winning the King of the Mountains title at the Tour of Japan as well as a stage and the overall at the Tour of Korea.
Carthy’s performances in stage races throughout the year earned him a contract with the Spanish Caja Rural Procontinental team for 2015, and will see the 20 year-old stepping up to race in some of the most prestigious events in the world over the next two years.
With just two seasons in the senior ranks under his belt Carthy is a genuine success story from the Rapha Condor JLT development program, going from junior to professional in just over two years.
We spoke to Carthy about his breakthrough season and his hopes going forward into 2015.
All images © Angus Sung
The 2014 edition of the Tour of Britain was a tough one for Rapha Condor JLT. The Men in Black had gone to the race with ambitions of helping Hugh Carthy to a high overall finish, however Carthy and his team ran out of luck as early as the second stage, when the 20 year-old was involved in a crash early on stage 2, and left the race with a broken collarbone.
Despite switching tactics to try for stage wins through the week, and House, Handley and Cuming being involved in day-long breaks, the team was eventually left empty seemingly handed at the end of a hard eight days of racing in the UK’s most prestigious stage race.
We had photographer Angus Sung along for the ride, and we have a small selection of our favourite images from the race here.
2014 Tour of Britain Team Announced - 30/08/14
Image © Andy Bokanev
Rapha Condor JLT’s lineup for the 2014 Tour of Britain is announced today.
The team will comprise a mixture of youth and experience, including the likes of former Tour of Britain King of the Mountains, Kristian House, and 20 year-old Tour of Korea winner Hugh Carthy as well as sprinter Chris Opie.
Opie 4th in G.P. Marbriers - 27/08/14
Chris Opie showed that his Tour of Britain preparation is going to plan by taking an excellent 4th place in the G.P. Marbriers yesterday. Opie was involved in the action throughout the day, slipping into a move shortly after his teammate Tom Moses was pulled back on the fourth 10km lap of the 160km race.
Opie had seven others for company in the move, and the break rapidly built a strong advantage over a disorganized chasing peloton. For Opie, who has been targeting the Tour of Britain throughout the season, the result comes at a prefect time.
USA PRO CHALLENGE - 26/08/14
All images © Andy Bokanev
The USA Pro Challenge was a tough baptism of high-level and high-altitude racing for Rapha Condor JLT’s young team, who travelled to Colorado to compete in one of America’s top races last week.
The seven-day race was run off on a challenging route through Colorado, which saw riders tackle a mixture of short sharp climbs, as well as long mountain passes which climbed to over 3,400m of altitude, and even sections of dirt roads in conditions that varied between freezing rain and blistering heat.