It was a day of mixed fortunes for the 6-strong Storey Racing squad at day 1 of the Tour de Yorkshire. An early spill for Neah Evans resulted in nothing more than grazes, but a second spill for Joss Lowden resulted in a broken collarbone. TV coverage will be assessed with regards to the cause of the crash which unfortunately involved a motorbike that was part of the race security.
The team picked their way back to the front of the race and whilst not involved with the breakaway were ready for the chaotic finish which comes with that of a bunch sprint. Neah Evans proved to be the best placed rider as the sprinters opened up their final kick and showing no ill effects of her earlier tumble, took 9th place on the stage. Delivered well by the rest of the team who also finished strongly, the team classification placed the riders in the top half which was no small feat given the quality of the field.
For Joss Lowden the race left a bittersweet taste, having had enough of the stage to know her legs were in great shape, but finishing on a spine board awaiting the result of a CT scan – which fortunately came back all clear. Her team issue KASK Infinity helmet showing it’s superior protective qualities as it has done for team mates previously. The unfortunate result of the crash was a displaced fracture of her right clavicle which is expected to require surgery in the coming days. The team are working closely with our sponsor HMT Hospitals who are doing a superb job in arranging everything at short notice.
Stage 2 promises more great weather but is an even tougher parcours, with tricky road surfaces and narrow lanes to contend with alongside the lumpy nature of the route. Having delivered a strong result as a unit, the team are once again looking forward to getting stuck in to the race.