As seen in the Derby Evening Telegraph, but referring to club junior James Shaw’s race back in August in his Forme RT colours:

James winning in Belgium

James winning in Belgium

“RISING star James Shaw has enjoyed a successful stint racing on the road in Belgium.

The 16-year-old from Heanor, who rides for the Derby-based Forme Bikes outfit, went straight from school at Ashfield Academy to West Flanders for a 63km race in Desselgem – and destroyed a 70-strong field of mainly Belgian riders.

The race came down to a sprint finish after an hour and 39 minutes of racing and Shaw won it.

James on the podium

James on the podium

That was on the Saturday morning and he was back in action the next day with another race of the same distance at Gits on the Belgium-France border.

This time, he and fellow British Cycling Olympic Talent Team racer Ben Chapman, from Milton Keynes, broke at an average speed close to 40kph and finished three minutes ahead of the rest of the field.

Chapman took the win, with Shaw second.

“No race in Belgium is ever easy, as they have such strength in depth, so two podium finishes in one weekend feels pretty good,” said Shaw, who was back in his sixth form class at Ashfield Academy on the Monday morning.”

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