Cycling: Wakefield cyclist Wood selected to ride for Great Britain in Tour of Istria

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Wakefield cyclist Ollie Wood will continue his UCI Junior Nations’ Cup campaign by riding for Great Britain in the Tour of Istria this weekend.

The Outwood Grange Academy student has been named in Britain’s six-man squad for the Croatian race, run over three stages from Friday until Sunday.

The ride will be Wood’s second outing in the Junior Nations’ Cup and comes hot-on-the-heels of the 17-year-old’s superb sixth-placed finish in the opening round at Paris-Roubaix earlier this month.

Britain currently sit second in the Junior Nations’ Cup standings with 25 points, trailing only Belgium, following Wood’s sixth-place in France and a third-place finish for team mate Tao Geoghegan Hart.

Wood, part of British Cycling’s Olympic Development Programme, will be looking to continue his good start to the road season but the Tour of Istria provides another big challenge for the talented rider.

Friday’s stage one in Croatia takes riders from Rovinj-Buzet over 97 kilometres before a 90 kilometre journey from Umag to Labin on Saturday. Sunday’s Vrsar-Pula final stage is the longest at 106-kilometres with Nations’ Cup points to be awarded for both stage results and the final general classification.

Great Britain squad: Tao Geoghegan Hart, Oliver Wood, Chris Lawless, Jacob Ragan, Scott Davies, Jacob Scott.