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
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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.
USA Pro Challenge - Race Preview - 10/08/14
Rapha-Condor-JLT will be travelling to America to take part in the USA Pro Challenge, which takes place from the 18th to the 24th of August.
The seven-stage race, which is based in Colorado on the breathtaking scenery of the Rocky Mountains, is one of only two 2.HC-ranked races in the United States, and is regarded as one of the most important races in the U.S. This year’s event will see 16 world-class professional teams participate. Rapha-Condor-JLT will line up against the likes of World Tour giants BMC racing, Garmin-Sharp and Tinkoff-Saxo.
1-2-3 kicks off a Busy weekend for RCJ - 04/08/14
Eventual winner Luke Mellor leads teammate Ed Clancy at the Staffordshire Criterium.
Image Louis O’Hara
With riders competing both at home and abroad it was a busy weekend for Rapha Condor JLT.
Things kicked off in style on Friday night when Luke Mellor led home a 1-2-3 for the Men in Black at the Staffordshire criterium.
Mellor beat teammate Ed Clancy, fresh from taking a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games, and Chris Opie, who took his third trip to the podium in six days.
Briggs wins Wales Open Criterium - 31/07/14
Graham Briggs rounded off the Elite Circuit Series with a win in the Wales Open Criterium in Chepstow last night.
Briggs, who also won the third round of the series in Colne earlier in the month, put his sprint finish to good use taking a clear win ahead of George Atkins of Team Raleigh, and Rapha Condor JLT teammate Chris Opie, who took third spot.
Opie second at the Circuit of the Fens - 28/07/14
Chris Opie took another podium place for Rapha Condor JLT, sprinting to second at the Circuit of the Fens in Peterborough yesterday.
Opie, a recent silver medalist at the National Criterium Championships, was unable to get the better of former World Tour rider Adam Blythe in the twelve-man sprint that decided the latest round of the Elite Road Race Series.