Hayles out for revenge at Salford
National Road Champion Rob Hayles joins the elite field at the Salford Nocturne on Saturday 30th August.
Hayles has been on top form recently, following up his British National road title with second place at the National Criterium Championships and victory in the Tour of Pendle last weekend.
The Halfords Bikehut rider will start as one of the favourites to win the elite criterium in Salford Quays but will face tough opposition from Smithfield Nocturne winner, Geraint Thomas, who’s in the starting line up.
“I’m looking forward to Salford, especially with Geraint on the start list,” said Hayles. “He was really strong at Smithfield and I was disappointed not to take the win there.”
“I’ve looked at the Salford course and it’s really tight and technical which I think will play to my advantage,” he continued. “I’ll definitely be out for a bit of revenge and it will be great to win so close to home. Geraint will be racing straight from the Olympics so will want to put on a show but I’m feeling good at the moment and will be up for the challenge.”
Thomas may not be the only threat to Hayles, as former National Criterium Champion James McCallum will lead the Plowman Craven squad, with Pearl Izumi’s Jon Mozley, Landbouwkrediet pro Ed Clancy and Profel-Prorace’s Matt Brammeier all capable of taking victory.
The event is free to the public with racing starting from 3pm. Full details can be found at www.salfordnocturne.com.