Report/Results/Photos – Tour Series – Canary Wharf (London)


Opie triumphs at Canary Wharf as Team UK Youth extend lead – Team and individual victories at world famous London venue for Team UK Youth

RST Cycle Clothing & Trigon Bikes



Chris Opie took his first ever Pearl Izumi Tour Series victory, winning the bunch sprint at Canary Wharf, heading home Olympic Champion Ed Clancy and New Zealander Roman Van Uden.

The Cornishman’s win, with teammates Marcin Bialoblocki, Tobyn Horton and Yanto Barker taking fourth, fifth and sixth to secure Team UK Youth’s fifth team win of the 2013 Series.

The victory, combined with sixth place on the night for nearest challengers Team Raleigh, moved UK Youth ten points clear with four rounds, including the Grand Final double-header at Ipswich, remaining.


Madison Genesis, who took victory in the night’s curtain raising Cyclist Magazine Canary Wharf Corporate Grand Prix alongside the Madison corporate team, lie third a further two points in arrears on 61.

Opie also took out the evening’s Costa Express Fastest Lap, recording a 1:13.3 on the final tour, and won the evening’s IG Sprint’s competition, with Raleigh’s Tom Scully remaining the overall leader and wearer of the IG Sprint jersey.

Highlights of Round Eight in Canary Wharf presented by Cyclist Magazine will be shown on ITV4 at 10pm on Friday 7th June, with a repeat at 8am on Saturday 8th June.


Nigel Mansell gives Chris Opie a celebratory hug after his victory at the home of UK Youth, Canary Wharf.

Nigel Mansell spoke afterwards saying “It was an incredible effort in our home Grand Prix. We have a lot of friends and supporters here, our head office is here for UK Youth and the team has excelled tonight.”

“It is a shame that Greg (Mansell) didn’t have any luck. Three riders came down in front of him on the last lap and he went high in the air but Chris, what a star tonight and the whole team performed fantastic. We are delighted but there is still a long way to go but we’re looking better than we did on Tuesday.”


Chris Opie (above)  meanwhile, third on Tuesday and a winner on Thursday, was delighted with his ride saying “That is easily my biggest win and favourite. We wanted to keep it together out there tonight and it was very fast.”

Asked about his spell out front on his own, he explained “I rode off the front without really wanting to and I thought I’ll look like an idiot if I stop so I thought I’ll carry for a little bit and see what happens. Fortunately, they did bring me back because I didn’t want to be out there any longer on my own!”

“I felt unbelievable tonight. It was one of those once in a year experiences where you can do that like Scully had the other night.”

Speaking of the Raleigh rider, Chris and Tom Scully battled it out for the sprint points on the night with Chris getting the upper-hand and winning the competition at Canary Wharf whilst Scully leads overall in the series.


“I had picked up third in the first one and then first on the second one and I thought I could get the competition on the night and more money for the pot! So I thought I might as well go for it and I felt really good.”

Photos from Thomas van Bracht

“I did have to tell myself to stay calm and I had a little spell where I knew I had to control my efforts and then coming into the final, the last few corners went perfectly! I was on Ed’s wheels which is the best place in the world to be for a sprint, then hoped I had the strength to get past him because he is unbelievably fast.”

“Because the pace was so fast, there was no or little dive bombing going on so it was a quite a clean sprint. Just full power and it was super smooth when Ed (Clancy) came off some one’s wheel, moved into the middle of the road, and I thought this it, when do I start.”

“It got to a point I thought if I wait any longer, it’s going to be too late and timed it just right”.

Round Nine of The Pearl Izumi Tour Series takes place in Woking, as the Surrey venues host the Series for a fifth successive year, on Tuesday 11th June, for the start of the final week of racing, including events at Aylsham, Norfolk (Thursday 13th June) and Ipswich, Suffolk (Friday 14th June).


Ned Boulting interviews Magnus Backstedt who announced his retirement before the race


In his last race, Magnus leads the race through and is clapped by the riders and crowd to recognise a great champion, winner of Paris-Roubaix, stages in the Tour de France and Giro and much more.


Round eight was in the land of the giants in the country’s capital …


Bell lap and UK Youth on the left get it together ready for the final push to the line.


Greg Mansell is in pain after crashing with a lap to go. The son of F1 legend Nigel, Greg was on a ride in the race and the team say they fully expected him to have been right up there in the sprint.


On a mixed night for Raleigh after the highs of Tuesday, Tom Scully forged ahead in the IG Sprint competition.

The Pearl Izumi Tour Series, Round Eight Canary Wharf presented by Cyclist Magazine, Results

Round Eight Canary Wharf presented by Cyclist Magazine, Individual Result

1. Chris Opie Team UK Youth (UCI Team)
2. Edward Clancy MBE Rapha Condor JLT
3. Roman Van Uden Node4 – Giordana Racing
4. Marcin Bialoblocki Team UK Youth (UCI Team)
5. Tobyn Horton Team UK Youth (UCI Team)
6. Yanto Barker Team UK Youth (UCI Team)
7. Dan Barry Node4 – Giordana Racing
8. David McGowan Metaltek – Knights of Old Raci…
9. Jack Pullar Madison Genesis
10. Tom Murray Metaltek – Knights of Old Raci…
11. Thomas Scully Team Raleigh
12. Felix English Rapha Condor JLT
13. Andrew Tennant Madison Genesis
14. David Lines MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling
15. Dean Downing Madison Genesis
16. Liam Stones MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling
17. Richard Lang Team Raleigh
18. Graham Briggs Team Raleigh
19. Mike Northey Node4 – Giordana Racing
20. Ian Bibby Madison Genesis

Round Eight Canary Wharf presented by Cyclist Magazine, Team Result
1) Team UK Youth
2) Node4 Giordana Racing
3) Rapha Condor JLT
4) Madison Genesis
5) Metaltek – Knights of Old
6) Team Raleigh
7) MG Maxifuel
8) Team Hope Factory Racing
9) Team IG Sigma Sport
10) Spin Rotor – Primal – C-Originals

Team Standings, post-Round Eight
1) Team UK Youth, 73pts
2) Team Raleigh, 63pts
3) Madison Genesis, 61pts
4) Rapha Condor JLT, 57pts
5) Node4 Giordana Racing, 53pts
6) Metaltek – Knights of Old, 46pts
7) MG Maxifuel, 35pts
8) Team Hope Factory Racing, 21pts
9) Team IG Sigma Sport, 20pts
10) Spin Rotor – Primal – C-Originals, 11pts

IG Sprints winner Round Eight Canary Wharf presented by Cyclist Magazine: Chris Opie, GBR, Team UK Youth

Costa Express Fastest Lap Canary Wharf: Chris Opie, GBR, Team UK Youth, 1:13.3

IG Sprints standings, post-Round Eight
1) Tom Scully, NZL, Team Raleigh, 63pts
2) Kristian House, GBR, Rapha Condor JLT, 50pts
3) Alexandre Blain, FRA, Team Raleigh, 37pts

You can also catch the action on ITV4 – click here to find out when its on the box

Click here to read about last year’s event won by Aussie Zak Dempster

Live Photos (internet permitting)
As we do at all events we attend, photos will be uploaded live during the race and you can see them in the slideshow below. We’ll also try and add updates as and when we can during the race.

Coming …

Live Text Updates

The Pearl Izumi Tour Series takes place at the following dates & locations:
1 – Round One Tuesday 14th May Kirkcaldy, Fife

2 – Round Two Thursday 16th May Durham, County Durham

3 -Round Three Tuesday 21st May Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
(includes women’s Johnson Health Tech GP Series)

4 -Round Four Friday 24th May Aberystwyth, Ceredigion

5 -Round Five Tuesday 28th May Torquay, Devon

6 -Round Six Thursday 30th May Colchester, Essex
(includes women’s Johnson Health Tech GP Series)

7 -Round Seven Tuesday 4th June Redditch, Worcestershire
(includes women’s Johnson Health Tech GP Series)

8 -Round Eight Thursday 6th June Canary Wharf, London

9 -Round Nine Tuesday 11th June Woking, Surrey
(includes women’s Johnson Health Tech GP Series)

10 – Round Ten Thursday 13th June Aylsham, Norfolk
(includes women’s Johnson Health Tech GP Series)

Round Eleven Friday 14th June Ipswich, Suffolk

The Teams for 2013 doing all ten rounds are: (click for rider list)
— Rapha Condor JLT,
— Team UK Youth,
— Team Raleigh,
— NODE 4 Giordana Racing,
— MG – Maxifuel Pro Cycling,
— IG Sigma Sport,
— Metaltek – Knights of Old Racing Team,
— Team Hope Factory Racing,
— Madison Genesis,
— Spin Rotor – Primal – Coriginals

Note: each round will have a guest team or two. (click for rider list)

Past winners of this unique competition include Team Halfords Bikehut (2009), Motorpoint Marshalls Pasta (2010), Rapha Condor Sharp (2011) and Endura Racing (2012).

Related Link: A look back at the 2012 Tour Series here 


RST Cycle Clothing & Trigon Bikes

Other Results on VeloUK (including reports containing results)

Other News on VeloUK

Tags: , , ,