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Pete Williams and Ian Wilkinson find form on Tour of Britain
Pete Williams was second in the Tour of Britain sprint category and third in the King of the Mountains
Riders from the Craven area finished in the top ten in two categories in the Tour of Britain, which finished last Sunday.
Rylstone’s Pete Williams was second in the Yodel Direct sprint category and third in the Skoda King of the Mountains, while Barnoldswick’s Ian Wilkinson was fifth in the sprints.
Overall in an event that was won by Sir Bradley Wiggins, Williams (Team IG Sigma Sport) finished 56th in 30hr 6min 56sec, 21min 34sec behind Wiggins, while Wilkinson (Team UK Youth) was a place and a second behind.
Williams was involved in a breakaway on stage five in Caerphilly, building up a lead of three and a half minutes before being dropped by the four other leaders following the double climb of Caerphilly.
The Dalesman was also among six riders who went clear, including two intermediate sprints, on the penultimate day to Guildford.
Originally Williams was announced as the winner of the sprint category but was downgraded to second behind Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Movistar).
The Spaniard totalled 35 points with Williams on 32 and Wilkinson on 13.
Wilkinson also came to life in the latter half of the race, being involved in an 11-man breakaway on stage four and was part of a day-long break on stage six on Devon before being caught in Bovey Tracey and on the final climb.
A regular Tweeter, Wilkinson called day one in Scotland “a tough day at the coal face”, the crowds in general as “awesome” and the roads in Surrey as “the worst in the country” after being bounced around all day.
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