Neale storms to East Midlands title

Tom Neale (centre)
Tom Neale (centre)
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Spalding cyclist Tom Neale blasted to victory in Monday’s East Midland Regional Road Race Championships at Grantham.

The 21-year-old, who rides for Team Corley Cycles, won in a sprint finish at the end of the 83-mile race.

Neale, who began competing five years ago, beat off a field of 75 riders as he recorded his second successive race win.

He said: “I went into the race hoping to win but you can never be sure.

“It was a bit wet but it was nice to get another win under my belt.

“I made a few attacks but in the end it came down to a sprint finish.

“It was my second successive win as I had won my previous race at Thames Valley near Oxford.”

Neale will bid to complete a hat-trick of race wins when he lines up in the Neil Gardner Memorial Road Race at Cranfield, near Milton Keynes, on Sunday.

It’s a race he finished second in last year so he will be hoping to go one better and pick up his third successive win.

He hopes to get his elite licence this year and to do so needs to end 2014 with at least 300 points, and he is well on course to do so as he already has 190.

Neale is coached by another leading local professional, Peterborough-based Steve Lampier.

This is his first year with the Team Corley and his victory at Thames Valley was his first in their colours.

He added: “It’s been great being with Team Corley Cycles and it was nice to get my first win for them. Hopefully there will be a few more.”