HUDDERSFIELD'S Tom Murray and the Sigma Sport Specialized Team had a baptism of fire as they made the trip over the channel for the 172km UCI 1.2 Paris-Troyes road race.

One of the biggest amateur races in France, it was opened up to professional riders in 2005 and this year’s race was tough from the start with strong crosswinds forcing splits in the peloton.

Murray’s teammate Simon Richardson was the best British finisher in 33rd place around five minutes behind the winner Cedric Pineau (Roubaix Lille Metropole).

Murray finished in a group a further five minutes down in 76th out of 110 finishers.

Motorpoint Marshalls Pasta Road Team achieved a one-two in the Elite race of the second round of the CDNW Road Race Series.

Pete Williams and veteran Malcolm Elliott came out on top and teammate James Sampson, a former Huddersfield Star Wheeler, showed he is good form with an impressive fifth place in the 65-mile race around the Cheshire lanes near Saighton.

Former Batley CC rider Liam Holohan (Team Raleigh) was 20th.

There was great news for the top Huddersfield riders as the teams were announced for the Halfords Tour Series City Centre races.

Ed Clancy and James Sampson (Motorpoint Marshalls Pasta RT) will feature, as will Liam Holohan (Team Raleigh) and Tom Murray (Sigma Sport Specialized)

The Halfords Tour Series takes place from May 25 to the June 24 in 2010 across ten cities, and sees ten teams of five professional cyclists battle it out to be crowned the best team in the country.

Star Wheeler Andy Pearson once again travelled to Shrewsbury for the 2nd round of the Paramount CRT Circuit Race series.

A field of 80 riders lined up for the third and fourth Category race and Pearson finished in the top 20 once again just outside the points scoring positions, but picked up valuable racing experience on a very tight circuit.