Teenager Scott takes under 23 national road title

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Hebden Bridge teenager Robert Scott scored the biggest win of his fledgling career when he was crowned British under 23 road race champion last weekend.

Scott, a former Calder High School pupil who lives at Colden, beat Team GB rider Fred Wright and his Team Wiggins teammate Gabriel Cullaigh to the title in Northumberland.

With the under 23 winner decided from finishing positions in the Elite race, rather than a separate event, the 19 year old, who has his long-term sights set on a career with a World Tour team, also notched an eye-catching fourth place overall.

Another Yorkshireman, Madison Genesis rider Connor Swift, took the senior title with a last-lap solo break, with Team Sky’s Olympic gold medallist Owain Doull and former national champion Adam Blythe edging out Scott in the sprint for the minor places.

Crucially though, Scott, who had been part of a sizeable early break that went on to shape the race, beat Londoner Wright in lunge for the line.

“I’m so happy,” said Scott, who had been less than 10 seconds off a podium place in Thursday’s under 23 time trial, underlining his impressive recent form.

“I thought all day after I got in that break I would be in with a shot of winning.

“When we got on the last lap and riders started attacking, I followed a move and then Fred came across with Owain Doull and Adam Blythe by which point Connor was already up the road.

“I basically didn’t let Fred out of my sight; I wasn’t that bothered where I came overall at that point, I just wanted the under 23 jersey.

“I’ve always wanted a national jersey.

“I was second as a junior and I was so disappointed that day; ever since then I’ve wanted that jersey so I’m well happy.”