Joe Fry will step up his comeback this weekend after an encouraging return in the Memorial Philippe van Coningsloo.
The Potters Bar talent, who missed the start of the season through injury, is expected to contest the Dwars door de Vlaamse Ardennen in Belgium on Saturday.
That comes after he finally put a worrying knee problem behind him with an impressive performance on the continent last Sunday.
Tim Elverson was delighted his charge suffered no ill effects from his efforts and is ready to press him into battle again. The sports director said:
“Joe got round, which was brilliant. It was his first race and at 180km it was quite a long one to start with.
“He was in a little move off the front of the peloton behind Harry’s group at one point. And they were a lot closer to making it across than they realised.
“I think they had a small chance of getting in. Joe was obviously very tired afterwards but he will probably go again on Saturday.
“It is very good block-building for him. It will help him get ready for the back end of the Prems, where he will be able to do a very good job for us.
“It is all positive. There are no negatives coming out of the race. He is not feeling it too much, he has not got any knee pain, so it is a big tick.”
Fry, 20, will be looking forward to the HSBC Grand Prix Series, which will begin with the defence of his Tour of the Reservoir crown on July 1-2.
The Stockton Grand Prix follows on Sunday, July 16 before the Ryedale Grand Prix and Leicester Castle Classic complete the series on August 6 and 13.
Elverson is set to announce his squad for the Dwars Door de Vlaamse Ardennen this evening, with BIKE Channel Canyon also racing the Rapha Nocturne in London on Saturday.
Picture by Kristof Bruers. Click here to check out his full album from the Memorial Philippe van Coningsloo.