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Jamol does well in Tobago

Justin Marville

Jamol does well in Tobago

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Jamol Eastmond is certainly making a name for himself around the region.
The talented teenage rider came home with another top podium finish after being adjudged the best junior cyclist in Division 2 of the just concluded Tobago International Cycling Classic.
Racing under the Team Aspire banner, Eastmond was also second overall in that category after finishing the five-day, four-stage event with 30 points.
The success comes less than two months after Eastmond swept all the major awards at the 2011 St Kitts and Nevis Independence Cycling Tour, having won the individual time trial, the 15-kilometre criterium and the road race.
And that came on the heels of his overall second-place showing in the National Cycling Tour of Anguilla’s junior category in August.
Barbados managed to sweep the top two spots in the junior division of last week’s tour, as Team G4S Swift’s Brandon Wilkie was the next youngster home, having finished 13th overall.
His clubmate Ross Callender was seventh, followed by fellow Barbadians Sedwin Jones (AMOND Fugen) 25th, Albert Hinds (Team Aspire) 30th and Gregory Catwell (G4S Swift) 46th.
However, Barbados didn’t fare as well in Division 1, with local phenom Darren Matthews and former road race champ Philip Clarke finishing down the pack in 18th and 25th overall, respectively.
Riding for Team Vita Malt, Matthews finished as the fourth highest ranked under-23 rider in that division.
The tour, which ended last Sunday, provided the 20-year-old Matthews, who swept the national road race and time trial titles earlier this year, with the perfect tune-up ahead of the Pan American Games in Mexico later this month.
Eastmond and his Team Aspire club members are expected to compete in this weekend’s five-stage Ride For Life event in Guyana.