Bish bash bosh for local ace

Andy Bishop takes the win in York
Andy Bishop takes the win in York
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Worksop cycle ace Andy Bishop helped the Andy Moore Autocentres Racing team to an impressive double this week.

The 35-year-old was unselfish in forging the way for team-mate Adam Turner to take first place in the midweek York closed circuit race.

And at the same venue on Saturday, it was Bishop’s turn to lead the field home after a dominant performance.

The Tuesday evening race produced a well attended field of quality riders, despite the extreme winds and heavy rain.

The squad, consisting of Bishop, Turner, Danny Featherstone, Jono Dexter, and Damien Shakespeare, along with Invictus games double gold medallist Craig Preece, were on top form from the flag, and imprinted their authority on the event.

The numerous fierce attacks were neutralised by the six man team, under instruction to deliver front man Turner to the finish line in prime position.

With three laps to go, time trial specialist Bishop launched the attack that would prove decisive.

With Turner locked on his team-mate’s wheel, Bishop showed his outstanding time trialling talents and drove the pace hard, delivering the desired result.

Turner crossed the line comfortably in first position, with Bishop managing third place, despite his efforts for the last few laps.

Turner’s win brought him not only the prize on the night, but ensured he took the series championship win, and the desired Green Jersey.

The domination continued on Saturday, with the team returning to York once more for the last one of the season.

It was another tactical masterclass from the Staveley team, with all attacks closed down, clearing the way for Bishop to wind up the pace and ride away from the peloton, with no other rider proving strong enough to match his speed.

Bishop rode for 12 laps, extending the lead to over 20 seconds, and was rewarded for an outstanding performance with the victory slot.

Turner further added to the team performance by winning the bunch sprint and coming in with another podium place in second.

Jono Dexter added a little more icing to the cake with a fine seventh place.

The strength of the display brought the squad the overall team prize too, an achievement which pleased team manager Andy Moore.

He said: “It’s another week of excellence for the lads, and to take two victories in such emphatic style, and to win both the team prize, and for Adam to win the series Green Jersey, simply sums up where these lads are at.”

“Team spirit is superb, and the development of the riders is progressing well.”

“Team coach Paul is in my opinion, one of the most outstanding talents in the sport, and the innovative development methods we’re using are generating amazing results.”

Moore is predicting more podium finishes for Bishop and the rest of the men in yellow and blue.

“We’re gifted with an incredible set of riders,” he said.

“There are plenty more races on the way for the team, so watch this space.”