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Steele von Hoff wins Jock Wadley Memorial Road Race in thrilling sprint

PUBLISHED: 13:40 16 March 2017 | UPDATED: 13:40 16 March 2017

The finishing sprint at Layer-de-la-Haye in the Jock Wadley Memorial Race

The finishing sprint at Layer-de-la-Haye in the Jock Wadley Memorial Race

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The Jock Wadley Memorial Road Race at Layer-de-la-Haye finished in a mass sprint – said to be the first in its 35 year history – with Australian pro Steele von Hoff (One-Pro) just holding off Graham Briggs (JLT Condor) and fast-pedalling Junior Jacob Vaughan (VC Londres).

Jock Wadley winner Steele Von Hoff, with Australian tan and winner's trophy Jock Wadley winner Steele Von Hoff, with Australian tan and winner's trophy

There were numerous breakaway attempts but, unusually for a race of this calibre, none lasted for long. There was little wind which might have split the field - and it was never going to be easy to leave a bunch averaging 28 mph over 84 miles.

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Colin Ward (Essex Roads, right) and Mike Mottram lead a group in the Jock Wadley Road Race Colin Ward (Essex Roads, right) and Mike Mottram lead a group in the Jock Wadley Road Race

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