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Boundless Networks Skipton Cycle Races thrill crowds

Thousands of people turned out in Skipton town centre on July 6 to witness professional cyclists battling for glory.

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Jacob Hennessy of Spirit Bikes powered to victory in the Boundless Networks Skipton Cycle Races at the end of the night after attacking early in the race and being challenged by five other riders.

In the sprint finish the 19-year-old from Cambridgeshire managed to finish ahead of Liam Stones of NFTO and Jack Pullar of Pedal Heaven.

The elite men's race was included by British Cycling as part of their prestigious Elite Criterium Series, and was filmed by Eurosport.

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Earlier in the evening children aged under 12 had taken part in fun races while the juniors fought hard in the under-14 and under-16 races. Between 2,000 and 3,000 people turned out to cheer all the cyclists on.

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Councillor Chris Moorby, chairman of Craven District Council, said: "This was a brilliant event for the town and I was pleased to see so many people turn out to support the cyclists despite competition from Andy Murray at Wimbledon and the Welsh football team!

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"The children who took part in the fun races did themselves proud and the junior racing was very impressive. Seeing the professional riders whizz around the streets of Skipton was a sight to behold - they go at remarkable speeds and it was a very exciting race. Many thanks to all those involved in organising the race and the sponsors who made it possible."

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The race will be shown on Eurosport at 4.45pm on Tuesday July 12.