CHARLESTOWN cycle star Joe Nally is celebrating after securing a memorable road race win in British colours in Belgium.

The 16-year-old Hardie Bikes rider travelled to Belgium for the annual Gent-Wevelgem race, which held a junior edition for the first time.

Woodmill High School pupil Nally finished in 17th in the race featuring a number of Europe's top junior road cyclists, but trumped that achievement on Wednesday.

Nally has been competing in kermesse races, typically found in the Flanders region of Belgium, and is a style of road competition held over a set distance and number of laps over the established course.

After finishing sixth in the sprint at the 80km race near Gent on Monday, Nally produced a superb performance to claim victory in Wednesday's event at Herzele, which was his first junior kermesse win.

His success comes hot on the heels of claiming a stunning victory in the opening round of the 2016 British Cycling Junior Road Series in Wales last month.