CYCLING: Road race runner-up Peter finishes race on foot

Peter Cocker walks his bike to the finish line and second place after he punctured.
Peter Cocker walks his bike to the finish line and second place after he punctured.
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WITHAM Wheeler Peter Cocker put in a brave performance in the Cicle Classic Kermesse on Sunday.

A testing course in the lanes and farm tracks around Owston became even more of a challenge with strong winds and flooded roads for the 35-mile support race to the International Cicle Classic.

With the narrow roads, a good start was important and Peter made sure he got to the front as Chris Metcalfe attacked. They soon established a lead which was never challenged by the rest of the 60-rider field which disintegrated in the tough conditions.

Peter took the first prime at the end of the first lap and with conditions worsening, the organisers took the decision to shorten the race by two of the five laps.

Going into the last lap, Peter hit a water-filled pot hole and suffered a slow puncture, so was unable to respond when Metcalfe attacked on the finish hill to take the win. But Peter had enough time to walk over the line for second, his fifth top four place in seven road races so far this season.

Chris Carter found the rolling circuit challenging but was still riding strongly when the race was stopped early. Harry Browning was well up with one of the chasing groups when he had an off in one of the flooded sections and was unable to finish.