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Guernsey's Culverwell on form in Flanders

Culverwell won gold in the criterium at the 2019 NatWest International Island Games in Gibraltar. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Guernsey cycling's rising star, Sam Culverwell, claimed his first 'kermesse' race victory in Belgium, where he is building experience after a breakout season.

The 18-year-old beat local legend Mario Willems to top the podium in the 122km event in Bachte-Maria-Leerne, his fourth such race in a matter of days.

Culverwell, who brought home criterium gold from the Island Games in July, will contest five more before he returns to Guernsey for winter training.

Earlier this summer, he finished 12th in the road race at the National Road Championships in Norwich - beating a number of pro riders in the process.

The idea of coming to Belgium is to get that experience in terms of doing the style of racing over here. Racing in Britain is fast and hard, but because of the nature of the circuits here, it's flat and there are technical corners, so you always have to attack out of the corners. It's very explosive, very high speed, so it's really good racing, it's full on for the whole time. Looking to next year, by doing every other day or four a week, it is good practice, even just at the end of the season - without the risk of burning yourself out, for doing something like stage races or just doing lots more race days in a short period of time.

– Sam Culverwell, Guernsey cyclist