FOREIGN HAT-TRICK !
Ciancola and Guldemont Monday's Split-Stage Winners
FOUR Englishmen, two Frenchmen, a Belgian and an Italian, in a furious 25-mile breakaway to Peterborough on Monday morning - and another Italian triumph at the line. This time it was Ciancola, who raced into a field and bumped his way over the last few yards of grass to win the sprint from L. Scales and B. Wood.
But the second win in succession hardly counter balanced the Italian debit of the stage. Ciancola and Chili had crashed leaving Yarmouth and Ciolli waited to help them back into the group. Their deficit was under a minute but the pace was fast and it was a sharp chase. Later Ciolli had a bout of sickness and Gestri waited. They came in at the tail of the field, 17 minutes down.
An early attack after losing the way out of Yarmouth saw a breakaway established at Norwich (18 miles) with Maitland, Bedwell, Steel, Ilsley, Fenwick, Scales and Parker 1/2 min. up on the bunch which was led by G. W. Thomas.
More break-outs eventually brought about a leading group of 17 riders; three Italians had gone forward, Monti wearing the race leader's jersey, Guldemont of Belgium was there but no Frenchmen. Finally the French broke out, four of them in a group of 12 riders, who, at 60 miles, were 1 min. 20 sec-down on the leaders. At 67 miles they caught them, the field now being almost equally split in two.
30 M.P.H. RACING
Immediately the Frenchmen went to the attack: Geneste and Bellay went out but were immediately brought back; then Geneste and Baele got clear at 74 miles with Guldemont and B. Wood. They were hotly pursued by S. Saunders, L. Scales, J. Pottier and Ciancola. who caught them at 76 miles to form a new front group of eight. It was some group. Through Wisbech (77 miles) absolutely crammed with lunch-time spectators they raced to half-a-minute clear. Four miles farther on they were 1 1/2 minutes up and Ciancola, appreciating the speed across the Fens, was looking round for Monti. But no one else got up. Every mile, several of them at 30 m.p.h., the eight gained and at the finish, 96 miles, it was more than three minutes with Ciancola taking over the yellow jersey from Monti.
Gestri's and Ciolf's lost 17 minutes included a halt to buy some beer. Their feeding arrangements broke down and on an extremely hot morning drinks were at a premium. After Ciolli's sickness they decided that a complete halt was the best thing.
The effect of the massed-start stage, which was actually something like 98 miles owing to the detour in losing the course at the beginning, was to put Ciancola in the lead at 9.16.8 with Wood at 1 min., Scales at 1.51 and the other five riders who had been in this eight-man breakaway now holding equal fourth position at 9.18.29, with the first-day leader, Monti, back to 9.20.44, and Fenwick next in 9.20.53.
1. L. Ciancola. 4.4.10 less 1 min. bonus 4.3.10.
2. L. Scales, 4.4.10 less 30 sec. 4.3.40.
3. Bevis Wood, 4.4.10 less 15 sec. 4.3.55.
4. Guldemont, Belgium, 4.4.10; 5. Pouter, 4.4.10: 6. Saunders, 4.4.10; 7. Geneste, 4.4.10; 8. Baele, 4.4. to; 9. Parker, 4.7.25; 10. Fenwick, 4.7.25; 11. Wightman: 4.7' 25: 12. Weddle, 4.7.45; 13, S. Wilson, 4.7.50; 14 De Backer, 4.7.56; 15. Brian Robinson, 4.8:6; 16, Parkin, 4.8.7