Top stars battle for first place

Cycling: Aaron Kemps edged out fellow professional sprinter Allan Davis to take out a star-studded Coral Isles Cyclists criterium at Charlie Triggs Drive at the weekend.

The pair was neck-and-neck going into the final sprint of the 25-lap event, but Kemps edged ahead of Davis at the finish line.

“It was an exciting race with a great finish,” Coral Isles Cyclists president Bernie Kemps said yesterday.

Rising star Martin Bannister started off scratch in the handicap event and stayed with Davis and Kemps throughout the race.

He finished third in the field of 25 riders.

“It was an excellent effort for Martin to finish third,” Bernie Kemps said.

“He did really well to stay with them then hang on for third place.”

Bernie Kemps said the race was one of the most exciting of the year, with a 15-rider sprint for first position.

“All the riders got together with about two laps to go and 15 riders contested a sprint to the finish, but obviously Aaron and Allan were able to edge ahead,” he said.

The return of Kemps, Davis and Scott Davis has sparked new interest in cycling.

“When you add three guys like that it creates a lot of hype,” Kemps said.

Racing will not take place on Boxing Day but will resume on January 2.



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