Report/Photos: Tour Series – Woking (Surrey)


Round 9! The start of the final week and the first of three events is in Woking, one of just two venues to have hosted the Series in each of its five seasons. VeloUK is there!

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Team UK Youth edged closer to overall Pearl Izumi Tour Series success with victory in Round Nine at Woking, as Ed Clancy took the individual win to make him the most successful individual rider in Series history.


Double Olympic champion Ed Clancy took full advantage of the UK Youth train to win the race individually while four riders in the top seven was easily enough to give UK Youth the Team win.

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Clancy’s third win of the 2013 Series moved him onto six individual wins, one ahead of Dean Downing, who he beat into third place in Woking Between them came Yanto Barker, taking second to help Team UK Youth to their sixth team victory from nine races, putting them 13 points clear of nearest challengers Team Raleigh.

Clancy’s victory also means he is the first rider to win three individual rounds of The Pearl Izumi Tour Series in one season.


Ed Clancy celebrates the individual win as well as the fastest lap on the podium with the mayor of Woking, the team mascot and Hannah and Kelly.

The Pearl Izumi Tour Series’ fifth visit to Woking saw a fast paced race with few moves able to escape the peloton. An impressive display of riding from Node4 Giordana Racing, who dominated the front of the peloton in the closing laps kept the pace high and ensured a bunch kick, but it was the red Pearl Izumi Tour Series leaders’ jerseys that hit the front when it mattered.

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Exiting the final hairpin though it was the black Rapha Condor JLT jersey of Clancy that hit the front with nobody able to come around the double Olympic Champion on the dash to the line. UK Youth had four riders in the top seven to win the team award whilst Tom Scully finished as top Raleigh rider in eighth, also winning the IG Sprint competition on the night to move within touching distance of claiming the IG Sprint jersey.

Highlights of Round Nine will be shown on ITV4 at 10pm on Wednesday 12th June, with a repeat at 12.50pm on Thursday 13th June.

The final two rounds of the 2013 Pearl Izumi Tour Series take place in East Anglia at Aylsham on Thursday 13th June and Ipswich on Friday 14th June. The Grand Final at Ipswich features a double-header race day, with a Team Time Trial at 3pm before the final criterium of The Pearl Izumi Tour Series at 7.30pm. Spectators in Ipswich will also have a chance to see the professionals take part in the new Suffolk – Most Active County – Sprint Challenge at 5.30pm.


It was an ultra aggressive race reminding me of races on the track where when on attack failed, some one else quickly countered but it was still a bunch kick at the end. Here, Yanto Barker of UK Youth has a dig.


Alex Blain of Raleigh was back in the fray with broken finger well strapped. The race face says a lot about the speed of the race.


Raleigh’s Tom Scully, tired yes like most of the riders but still the fastest when it came to the IG Sprints


The riders get underway in Woking in cool but dry conditions and in front of a big crowd


Tom Scully of Raleigh has strengthened his lead in the IG Sprints competition


Node 4’s Roman van Uden showing his strength off the front which wasn’t easy with the peloton going full gas.


Node 4 took it up early and were looking good but soon started to give way to UK Youth who timed their effort at the end to perfection.


A lap out and UK Youth led here by Ian Wilkinson take up the running all the way to the line.

The Pearl Izumi Tour Series, Round Nine Woking, Provisional Results

Round Nine Woking, Individual Result
1) Ed Clancy, GBR, Rapha Condor JLT
2) Yanto Barker, GBR, Team UK Youth
3) Dean Downing, GBR, Madison Genesis
4) Niklas Gustavsson, SWE, Team UK Youth
5) Mike Northey, NZL, Node4 Giordana Racing
6) Tobyn Horton, GBR, Team UK Youth
7) Ian Wilkinson, GBR, Team UK Youth
8) Tom Scully, NZL, Team Raleigh
9) Roman Van Uden, NLZ, Node4 Giordana Racing
10) David McGowan, GBR, Metaltek – Knights of Old

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

Team Standings, post-Round Nine
1) Team UK Youth, 83pts
2) Team Raleigh, 70pts
3) Madison Genesis, 67pts
4) Rapha Condor JLT, 65pts
5) Node4 Giordana Racing, 62pts
6) Metaltek – Knights of Old, 51pts
7) MG Maxifuel, 39pts
8) Team Hope Factory Racing, 23pts
9) Team IG Sigma Sport, 23pts
10) Spin Rotor – Primal – C-Originals, 12pts

IG Sprints winner Round Nine Woking: Tom Scully, NZL, Team Raleigh

Costa Express Fastest Lap Woking: Ed Clancy, GBR, Rapha Condor JLT

IG Sprints standings, post-Round Nine
1) Tom Scully, NZL, Team Raleigh, 77pts
2) Kristian House, GBR, Rapha Condor JLT, 52pts
3) Alexandre Blain, FRA, Team Raleigh, 37pts

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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


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