Clancy keen for team double in Copenhagen
Rapha Nocturne London may not have gone the way Ed Clancy had hoped, but the JLT Condor man insists nothing will stop him and his teammates in their pursuit of glory in Copenhagen, next month.
Clancy, winner in London two years ago, crashed out mid-way through the men’s elite criterium in June, as teammate Brenton Jones went on to clinch the title on the streets of the City of London, with fellow JLT Condor rider Graham Briggs in second.
On August 19, Clancy, Jones and Briggs will, along with the rest of their team, descend on Copenhagen for the second race in the first ever Rapha Nocturne Series.
With two of their own topping the standings as they head to the Danish capital, JLT Condor look to be in cruise control as they set their sights on the Series title.
And according to three-time Olympic champion Clancy, confidence is high in the team camp as they look to continue their winning ways.
“The thing with the Series is that we’ve got Graham Briggs up there, and Brenton right up there too, and as much as I’d love to race for myself, I think, realistically the best case scenario for the team is to try and get either one of those two up there so that we can win the stage again, and the series,” he said.
“Nonetheless, it would be nice to stay upright and be there at the finish and race - I guess that's the plan.
“We want to win the stage again, as a team, and win the overall series.
“I know it’s going to be a late one in Copenhagen, but we’ve been eating our carrots and we’re ready to give it a good go.”
Give it a good go they will, and there’s no denying the fact that JLT Condor will head to Copenhagen in blistering form.
But despite having two of the very best criterium riders of the current day among their ranks, Clancy is under no illusions that the challenge awaiting his team will be straightforward.
“Brenton is flying and he’s had a great year. He’s obviously a top rider and probably well capable of riding in ProTour stuff,” said Clancy.
“Looking forward to Copenhagen, Briggsy, I think, is one of the very, very, best UK-based road riders when he’s on form - and right now he is on form.
“So we could win with either Brenton or Briggsy, it’s just a case of seeing how the race pans out and going from there.
“Looking at the current standings I guess Andy Tennant would be the person to look out for in Copenhagen.
“But there will be some riders who weren’t there for the first round, who will be there in Copenhagen, so we’ll have to look out for them.”See Rapha Nocturne Copenhagen in style - click here for hospitality tickets.