CYCLING: Cocker settles for third place in PedalPushers team race debut

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Peter Cocker rode the in the colours of the new Grantham-based PedalPushers team for the first time in the Fenland Clarion road race at the weekend.

With a full field of 60 riders, the race comprised seven laps of a relatively flat but exposed and windy course at Alconbury.

Peter went on the attack from the first lap, first initiating a two-man break which by the fourth lap hada grown to five strong, with more than a minute gap to the chasers.

The lead grew steadily with Peter taking all five lap primes on offer, but as they approached the finish with a lead approaching four minutes, one rider slipped away on the only hill with less than two miles to the finish.

After his earlier efforts, Peter was unable to close the gap down and had to settle for third place at the finish.

l Karl Baillie raced for Team Sky in the final round of the Revolution Series at the Olympic Velodrome in London on Saturday.

Taking part in the Hoy Future Stars competition, Karl finished just outside the top five in the opening 20-lap points race.

In the six-lap dash, he was a bit too far back heading into the final lap but still managed to finish top in the 10. In the final 20-lap scratch race, Karl rode off the front with five laps remaining but was caught by the bunch on the final circuit.

Overall, Karl finished the series in fifth place with Team Sky ending second overall. His current form comes off of the back of a training camp with the British Cycling Olympic Development Programme in Newport.

l Seven members of Witham Wheelers rode the Lincolnshire Road Racing Association Middlemarkers time trial on Sunday morning.

The course from Saxilby to Besthorpe and Harby was reduced to 14.5 miles due to roadworks.

Results: John Pilgrim 34min 47sec, Patrick Cutmore 35.07, Jon Beere 35.40, Pete Watson 36.25, John Farmer 36.49, Martin Hedley 36.58, Ian Galpin 38.58.

The only rider from the Wheelers to tackle the Retford and District Wheelers 10 was Tony Hardenberg who completed the distance in 25.47.