Jacob Bush competes in the Junior Vuelta A Las Comarcas in and around Murcia in Spain
Jacob Bush was among the leading lights in his first multi-stage European cycling race.
The Baston racer is now riding for the Fensham Howes – MAS Design team and was competing in the Junior Vuelta A Las Comarcas in and around Murcia in Spain.
During the race he finished on the podium in two of the four stages, recording a second position on day one and third on day three while securing eighth and 13th in the main peloton on the two other stages.
This gave him second place overall in the general classification, just 0.7 seconds off his team-mate in first.
The Leeds-based side of five also took home the Team Trophy after beating the 30-plus Spanish and Italian teams racing over the tour.
Bush then took part in a closed-circuit road race in Dorset where he wasn’t really suited to the 106km course.
However, he broke from the main peloton with a couple of other riders with two laps to go to chase after a leading group where a sprint finish resulted in an eighth place position.
The next day was a different type of race around Fakenham town centre.
The very fast criterium race was around 50 minutes long of racing around a 1km circuit.
As there was not a junior specific race, Bush raced in the men’s elite one-two-three category, competing against peers much older and whom he had respected for years.
After 15 minutes of riding from the back of the pack to the front group, Bush tried a solo break and got away with one other rider by around 15 seconds.
On the next lap, Bush heard the rider behind him catch a pedal and go down on a 90 degree corner at which point he decided this was his opportunity to strengthen his solo break.
Over the next 20 minutes he opened his lead to around 40 seconds clear of the group despite a couple of attacks trying to close him down.
He eased off on the final two laps to stay safe and took his first solo men’s elite one-two-three win by around 20 seconds over the bunch.
Bush will be travelling to Belgium this weekend where he competes in the E3 Saxo Bank Classic.
He is coached by Dean Downing and rides for Fensham Howes – MAS Design, a team owned and run by Giles Pidcock – the father of Olympic gold medallist Tom Piddock and Joe Piddock who rides for the Groupama FDJ Under 23 Development Squad.