Stourton cyclist beats Olympic champ at his own game to win VIP Tour de France trip

Adam Holmes, left, with Ed Clancy

Adam Holmes, left, with Ed Clancy

First published in News

STOURTON cyclist Adam Holmes can't wait for this year's Tour de France.

The 21-year-old has won himself a VIP day out to the world's most famous cycling race after producing a feat of momentous proportions.

Adam earned his prize after winning the Challenge Ed Clancy competition, organised by motor company Trust Group UK through their Skoda dealerships in Wolverhampton, Redditch and Stourbridge.

He beat off all challengers in Stourbridge to cover 750 metres in just over 43 seconds and book his place in the finals at Wolverhampton.

But the real shock arrived in the final when Adam beat double Olympic champion Clancy at his own game after clocking an incredible 41 seconds.

He proved quicker than Clancy in a Watt bike time trail sprint - a performance that left organisers stunned.

His success is all the more remarkable as Adam has never competed in a cycle race before or ever been a member of a club.

An ecstatic Adam admitted: "I was pretty well exhausted at the end. It really took it out of me, but it was a great feeling when I realised I'd beaten Ed. You could say I was pleased. He didn't seem to mind too much that I'd beaten him. He was a really nice bloke and gave me quite a few tips on cycling.

"I've only ever cycled with my friends before, mostly at mountain biking, so it's fantastic to think I've beaten an Olympic champion.

"I only heard about the challenge through my dad. He'd taken his car into the Stourbridge Skoda garage at Enville Street and seen the bikes lined up. He thought it was some sort of get fit scheme until it was explained to him what the competition was about. He told me about it and I thought I'd give it a go."

Adam will receive his reward on July 17 when he will be flown out to France to follow alpine Stage 13 of the tour by helicopter - accompanied by former cycling star Stephen Roche.

He will get to walk through the start paddock and the chance to meet with the riders before they set off.

Adam has also scooped some top team kit from Rapha Condor in addition to receiving official hospitality at the end of the Stage in what should prove a day to remember.

Adam, who is studying product design at Nottingham Trent University, is currently on work placement in Skipton.

But he's been so inspired by his success that he's set to take part in his first-ever road race this Sunday - a 57-mile event from Leeds to Harrogate.

He added: "It was always on he cards that I was going to do the race as I've joined Skipton Cycling Club now.

"I'm a bit nervous about the event, but at least I should be fine if it boils down to a sprint finish."

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