Report & Result – Pearl Izumi Tour Series – Barrow


Graham Briggs took the individual win to help his Rapha Condor JLT team back into the five red and yellow Pearl Izumi jerseys of Series leaders at the BAE Systems Barrow round of the team based Series whilst Madison Genesis won their second round.

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Report & Result – Pearl Izumi Tour Series – Barrow 


Graham Briggs the Barrow round of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series from Tom Scully.

There is no doubting the joy for Graham Briggs as he wins the Barrow round of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series in front of a big crowd.

Photos from the event live 


Briggs outsprinted long-time breakaway companion Tom Scully on Barrow’s long final straight for the win, with Scully’s consolation being the team victory on the night for Madison Genesis, complete with model Astute-class submarines from round sponsors BAE Systems.


Second place behind them for Rapha Condor JLT returned them to the Series lead, with erstwhile leaders NFTO Pro Cycling dropping to third overall having come sixth on the night. NFTO’s Jon Mould keeps the sprints jersey, with Scully winning the evening’s sprints competition, while Brigg’s last lap effort was enough to snatch the Costa Express Fastest Lap away from Adam Blythe at the death, with a 1’22.924.

Briggs and Scully had escaped midway through the race on the 1.1 kilometre Barrow circuit, slowly eking out a lead despite valiant chase attempts from Andy Tennant and Felix English, and Richard Hepworth and Matthew Gibson.

The latter duo’s effort came closest to reeling them in, with Great Britain rider Gibson taking third ahead of Hepworth, just clear of the chasing peloton led home by Blythe, and then Madison Genesis duo Mike Northey and Tobyn Horton to secure the team victory. With Tennant also in the top 10 it was a comprehensive performance from the team, who had also taken victory in Stoke-on-Trent, to make up for their disappointment in the team time trial event, when spectators had baulked them.

Large crowds had packed the Barrow town centre circuit for the first visit of Britain’s leading team based Series to the Cumbrian town, lining the home straight and filling out all of the corners, on what proved to be a popular, and fast, circuit with an average speed of 42’68kph.

Highlights of the BAE Systems Barrow round will be shown on ITV4 at 8pm on Friday 16th May, with a repeat at 8am on Saturday morning.

Round Three sees The Pearl Izumi Tour Series return to Peterborough after a year’s absence, with the women re-joining the fray for the second Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series event of 2014, on Tuesday 20 May.


Former winners of the Series, Rapha Condor JLT, are back in the leader’s jerseys; Kristian House, Graham Briggs, Felix English, Ed Clancy and Mike Cumming


Overall Sprint leader Jon Mould.


Winners of their second event in the series, Madison Genesis with their models of the BAE systems  Astute-class submarine


Tobi flirts with Rob Partridge on the podium as the teams were presented to the public.


Costa Coffee fastest lap went to Graham Briggs.


Tom Scully picked up the Sprints award on the night.


Adam Blythe wins the bunch kick for 5th place.


Matt Gibson beats Richard Hepworth to the line for third place.


Jon Mould heads up the lead out train for NFTO and their sprinter, Adam Blythe


Madison Genesis get numbers at the front of the peloton in the closing laps.


Alex Paton had a dig off the front of the peloton showing he has the legs to compete with the pros on this type of circuit


Graham Briggs leads Tom Scully past the packed Hospitality area on the circuit


Adam Blythe leads a chase group which made a serious effort to try and bridge the gap only for Scully to attack again and take Briggs with him for a second time.


Graham Briggs cornering at speed much to the delight of the big crowd.


The race was held in the shadow of BAE Systems, the sponsor of the event.


Graham Briggs gaps Tom Scully through the finish area.


Ian ‘superman’ Wilkinson flies in to the start for Raleigh who finished the night third and are in fourth, on the same points as NFTO in third but nine points behind RCJ who lead.


Madison Genesis manager Roger Hammond screams instructions to his riders as they past the pits 


Winner of the 3/4 race from Wheelbase RT


The racing was kicked off with a Youth event.

The Pearl Izumi Tour Series

Thursday 15 May 2014, Barrow

Round Two Team Result
1) Madison Genesis
2) Rapha Condor JLT
3) Team Raleigh
4) Node4 Velosure
5) Great Britain
6) NFTO Pro Cycling
7) Starley Primal Pro Cycling
8) Metaltek Kuota
9) Pedal Heaven Colbornes

Round Two Individual Result
1) Graham Briggs, GBR, Rapha Condor JLT
2) Tom Scully, NZL, Madison Genesis
3) Matthew Gibson, GBR, Great Britain
4) Richard Hepworth, GBR, Node4 Velosure
5) Adam Blythe, GBR, NFTO Pro Cycling
6) Mike Northey, NZL, Madison Genesis
7) Tobyn Horton, GBR, Madison Genesis
8) Felix English, IRL, Rapha Condor JLT
9) Yanto Barker, GBR, Team Raleigh
10) Andy Tennant, GBR, Madison Genesis

Round Two Costa Express Fastest Lap: Graham Briggs, GBR, Rapha Condor JLT, 1’22.924
Round Two Sprint Winner: Tom Scully, NZL, Madison Genesis

Overall Team Standings, post-Round Two
1) Rapha Condor JLT, 30pts
2) Madison Genesis, 29pts
3) NFTO Pro Cycling, 21pts
4) Team Raleigh, 21pts
5) Node4 Velosure, 19pts
6) Great Britain, 18pts
7) Metaltek Kuota, 13pts
8) Starley Primal Pro Cycling, 10pts
9) Pedal Heaven Colbornes, 6pts

Overall Sprint Standings, post-Round Two
1) Jon Mould, GBR, NFTO Pro Cycling, 18pts
2) Kristian House, GBR, Rapha Condor JLT, 13pts
3) Tom Scully, NZL, Madison Genesis, 10pts


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