Cycling squad inspired by Tour de France

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On a weekend when Yorkshire welcomed the world’s greatest cycle race to the region, one local team played their part in events with an appearance at the Huddersfield City Centre Criterium on the eve of the Tour de France.

The Andy Moore Autocentres Racing Team riders Adam Turner and Damien Shakespeare battled against the wet and miserable West Yorkshire weather to produce an excellent fifth place finish in treacherous conditions.

A potential entry list of more than 80 riders failed to materialise, and it was down to a group of 35 riders to negotiate the slippery city centre course.

Turner rode a measured race, mindful of the low grip on the roads, and picked his way through the twisty circuit to finish safely, in a race where many found the conditions too difficult to tackle. Many of the field retired, not wishing to push their luck too far, and it was left to the survivors to take the spoils.

Turner was well assisted by team-mate Shakespeare. Team manager Andy Moore said: “It’s probably Yorkshire’s biggest ever cycling weekend, and it’s a privilege for the team to take part in the TdF festivals over the three days.

“Adam did the job again for us, his bike control on incredibly slippery conditions was superb – he’s a master in the wet. It’s more points on the board again, a superb display.”