Cycling: Kristian wins sprint at Adam’s home race

Kristian House, centre, winner of the 2014 Sheffield Cycling Grand Prix. Runner up Adam Blythe from Sheffield, right, and Tobyn Horton complete the podium position.
Kristian House, centre, winner of the 2014 Sheffield Cycling Grand Prix. Runner up Adam Blythe from Sheffield, right, and Tobyn Horton complete the podium position.
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Former British Road Race champion Kristian House beat local lad Adam Blythe into second place on Thursday night at the Claremont Sheffield Grand Prix in the city centre.

House and Blythe were part of a five-man breakaway that dominated the majority of the race with the pack – including Rotherham brothers Russ and Dean Downing – struggling to gain ground.

Heading into the final lap of the hour-long race Blythe was in fourth position but found House had taken the perfect line out of the last corner.

Blythe, aged 24, who rides for NFTO Pro Cycling told The Star: “There was one bit of tarmac on the road that if I didn’t get on it quick enough that’d be it.

“Kristian got on it and two or three pedal revs later he had the jump on me and it was game over.”

House, aged 34, said: “It’s one of the hardest circuits that race each year but it’s one of my favourites. It was a strong group (at the front) so I was happy to come out of it.”

Guernsey’s Tobyn Horton finished in third place.

The race marked the end of 39-year-old Dean Downing’s career, which has been spent at the top of the sport.

He said: “My plan was always to finish with this race. It is a great way to go out.”