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Cycle races prove popular

Skipton Cycle Races winner

Published at 8:16pm 11th July 2016. (Updated at 8:30pm 11th July 2016)

This year's Skipton Cycle Races have been described as "brilliant".

Thousands of people filled the town centre on 6 July to see professional cyclists battling for glory.

Jacob Hennessy, of Spirit Bikes, won the elite men's race after attacking early on and being challenged by five other riders.

In a sprint finish, the 19-year-old from Cambridgeshire managed to cross the line ahead of NFTO's Liam Stones and Jack Pullar of Pedal Heaven.

It was part of British Cycling's prestigious Elite Criterium Series and was filmed by Eurosport.

Earlier in the evening, children aged under 12 had taken part in fun races, whilst the juniors fought hard in the under-14 and under-16 races.

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!

"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."

The elite men's race will be shown on Eurosport at 4.45pm on Tuesday.