Cousins is quick off mark in Winchester

Finlay Cousins. Picture: Mick Young (150645-13)
Finlay Cousins. Picture: Mick Young (150645-13)

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Finlay Cousins claimed his maiden race victory at the Winchester Criterium & Cycle Fest on Sunday.

The seven-year-old Fareham Wheelers ace won the contest for under-eight boys as south-coast talent shone brightly on the city’s streets.

Edward Samson, from Solent Pirates, was third behind Cousins, whose club-mate Izzy Brickell took the under-12 girls’ prize.

Daisy Pattinson, another Pirates rider, held off Portsmouth North End (PNE) twins Amber and Grace Richardson to take third in the under-10 girls’ race.

Victoria Lovett, who rides for Portsmouth-based i-Team, grabbed third in the under-16 girls’ battle, and Pirates’ Amy Perryman was third in the under-14 girls’ category.

Samuel Clark (i-Team) narrowly missed out on a podium in the under-14 boys’ race, while his club-mate Harvey McNaughton snatched third at under-16 level.

In the seniors, James Fulcher and Mark Herbert were fifth and sixth in the category four tear-up, Daniel Bone was 10th in category three and George Stainton-Ellis was 14th in the elite race.