INTRODUCTION: Jeff Williams led an unexpected English fightback in the Sealink International Cycle race on Wednesday (15 April) when he won the 145 kilometre (90 mile) second stage from Folkestone to Brighton.
LV PAN Starter with flag TO cyclists rolling start.
TRAVELLING SHOT Cyclists up hill led by Poulter (No.65) at Burwash.
SV Breakaway group led by No.65.
LV PAN Leading group passing through Heatfield.
LV PAN De Vooght (No.76) leading No.66 (J. Williams) through Lower Horsebridge.
LV PAN Main group of cyclists through Lower Horsebridge.
SV & LV Spectators watch on promenade at Brighton as No.66 (Williams of England) wins. (2 SHOTS)
LV PAN No.76 finishes in second place.
LV PAN No.65 leads group across line.
SV Williams receiving winner's laurels. (2 SHOTS)
Fabian de Vooght of France lost several vital seconds by missing the sharp turn that led to the final mile along the Brighton seafront. If not for a missing direction marshal on the final corner he would have won the yellow jersey from East Germany's Falk Boden.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Jeff Williams led an unexpected English fightback in the Sealink International Cycle race on Wednesday (15 April) when he won the 145 kilometre (90 mile) second stage from Folkestone to Brighton. Falk Boden of East Germany, who finished 10th, retained the overall lead for the third day. Teams from Czechoslovakia, East Germany, France, Holland and Denmark are among those taking part in the gruelling 800 kilometre (500 mile) event.
SYNOPSIS: The second part of the race started at Folkestone in warm sunshine and a tail wind, ensuring one of the fastest stages ever on British roads. A group led by Britain's Steve Poulter rode clear from the field on a short rise near Burwash. The 20-strong breakaway section included Williams, Boden and the young Frenchman Fabian de Vooght.
The breakaway was a tactical achievement as the rest of the field was averaging nearly 50 kilometres (nearly 30 miles) an hour. The Sealink International's first stage from Le Touquet to Boulogne, which took place on Tuesday (14 April), was won by Czechoslovakia's Michal Klasa.
As they went through Lower Horsebridge, de Vooght was in front of Williams in the toughest Sealink race so far. There are now more hills, longer stages and a 66 kilometre (41 mile) team time trial on the third afternoon. This follows a morning road stage of 109 kilometres (68 miles) -- all adding up to a deliberately hard event.
Jeff Williams crossed the line at Brighton in three hours, 14 minutes and 52 seconds -- some 30 seconds ahead of de Vooght. The defeat cost de Vooght - who was second - the overall race leadership for the following day's stage from Brighton to Basingstoke and on to Swindon. Williams' team mate Steve Poulter came in third.
Williams covered the distance at an average of 43.5 kilometres an hour (27 miles per hour) -- one of the fastest times recorded in Britain long distance racing.