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Eurosport will be showing highlights of last Sunday's Tour of the Peak Premier Calendar race on Thursday, September 15, immediately after their live coverage of stage 18 of the Vuelta.
Featuring many of the British riders who took part in the recent Tour of Britain, the Tour of the Peak is one of the toughest events on the season-long Premier Calendar. If you don't want to know the result, please look away now.
The event confirmed the Recycling.co.uk team's domination of the British domestic scene this season, with Paul Manning taking the victory and team-mate Robin Sharman wrapping up the overall crown. Sharman was then confirmed as one of Britain's selections for the Worlds in Madrid next week.
"I said at the start of the year I wanted to pick up a couple of Premier wins and the overall if I could do it," said Sharman. "I think it suits me because I seem to go well all year, everyone's worked hard for it, it's not just me. It's a big relief to get it in the bag now, I was a bit nervous about it even though it was going to be hard to lose it."
Manning won alone after being in the action with both Sharman and fellow team-mate Ben Greenwood, who eventually took fifth and won the King of the Mountains competition.
The final selection happened on the last lap. "Paul and Ben were in it, I was feeling really strong and I think they where feeling good too. Paul attacked with about five miles to go and was dangling 200 metres off the front, so I jumped across to help him and Mark Lovatt (Planet-X) came across. Then Paul attacked for the win and rode away really easily, he was really strong."
The ever-modest Manning said after his win: "It was a good race, I didn't feel good at first, it's always hard round here. I was feeling the best when it finally split, but still struggled a bit on some of the climbs but just got stuck in over the tops. I attacked over the last little climb. Robin was pretty content with what he had done by then, getting in the front move and securing the overall. Afterwards he rode home to get a few extra miles in!"
Sharman explained the extra training: "I'm putting in some miles for the Worlds now, I'll probably get in a six-hour ride this week and I've got a Recycling race on Sunday which I'll use for training and ride back home from it. I'll then taper off next week, there's not a lot of time to get much in really, but I'll do as much as I can."
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