Feature Report: Tour Series Stoke

Katie Archibald, Brenton Jones, Madison Genesis were the big winners on a cracking nights racing in Stoke

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Feature Report: Tour Series Stoke

JLT Condor and Drops defend Tour Series leads in Stoke-on-Trent, just

JLT Condor and Drops remained at the top of the men and women’s Tour Series following the second event of the season in Stoke-on-Trent, but only just after two action packed races in the Potteries.

JLT Condor held on to the leader’s jerseys as their Australian sprinter Brenton Jones won the race, but several members of the team were brought down in a penultimate lap crash that decimated the front group.

That disrupted the main group, and in particular the efforts of JLT Condor, but Jones hung on to claim his first race win in only his second Tour Series event, just ahead of Team Raleigh GAC’s Enrique Sanz and BIKE Channel Canyon’s James Lowsley Williams.

With a trio of riders firmly inside the top 10, Madison Genesis took the team win, making them the second most successful team in Tour Series history, and moving them up into second spot in the standings behind JLT Condor.

In the men’s Series’, Jones took the Fastest Lap on the final lap of the event, while Sebastian Mora continues in the Points Jersey. Spirit Racing Tifosi moved into the joint lead of the Midlands competition for guest teams alongside Brother NRG Driverplan, ahead of the deciding race in that division in Northwich.

The defending champions JLT Condor now lead by two-points from Madison Genesis with BIKE Channel Canyon a further point behind as they head to Round Three in Northwich.

Men’s Tour Series

Brenton Jones shows his speed in a sprint, winning at Stoke from Enrique Sanz of Raleigh GAC and James Lowsley Williams.

Team winners on the night were Madison Genesis who smashed the final laps to set up their first team win of the 2017 series

But overall leaders are still JLT Condor ….

The race was fast, with Rory Townsend one of the most aggressive riders, but the action  was mostly at the back with some surprisingly good riders being dropped, it was that hard and fast.

Madison Genesis lit the race up big time at the end, here ‘local’ Taylor Guman, Madison Genesis’s Kiwi, has a dig. 

Round 1 winner Chris Opie also had a go but nothing was going to escape and the biggest destroyer of hope was a crash in the final laps which saw some riders in hospital and we hope they are okay and the injuries are not serious.

Video chat with winner, Aussie Brenton Jones

Mike Northey, DS of Madison Genesis


Provisional Result
1 Brenton Jones JLT Condor 0:55:43.262
2 Enrique Sanz Team Raleigh GAC 0:55:43.757
3 James Lowsley-Williams BIKE Channel Canyon 0:55:43.951
4 Chris Opie BIKE Channel Canyon 0:55:44.247
5 Jon Mould JLT Condor 0:55:44.432
6 Jacob Hennessy Great Britain 0:55:44.852
7 Connor Swift Madison Genesis 0:55:45.272
8 Tom Stewart ONE Pro Cycling 0:55:45.474
9 Tobyn Horton Madison Genesis 0:55:45.568
10 George Pym Metaltek Kuota 0:55:45.603
11 Rory Townsend BIKE Channel Canyon 0:55:45.629
12 Richard Handley Madison Genesis 0:55:46.715
13 Taylor Gunman Madison Genesis 0:55:48.489
14 Sebastian Mora Team Raleigh GAC 0:55:58.801
15 Adam Kenway Team Raleigh GAC 0:56:31.083
16 Steele Von Hoff ONE Pro Cycling 0:56:44.986
17 Alex Frame JLT Condor 0:56:45.259
18 Adria Moreno Team Raleigh GAC 0:57:00.776
19 Zach May Metaltek Kuota 0:57:09.768
20 Daniel Bigham Brother NRG Driverplan 0:57:34.805
21 Robert McCarthy JLT Condor 0:57:43.067
22 Kristian House ONE Pro Cycling 0:58:19.861
23 Peter Williams ONE Pro Cycling 0:58:51.130
24 Bertie Newey Metaltek Kuota 0:58:52.304
24 Sam Lowe BIKE Channel Canyon 0:58:52.304
26 Rhys Lloyd Metaltek Kuota 0:58:53.478
26 Marcus Burnett Spirit Racing Tifosi 0:58:53.478
26 Stephen Bradbury Morvelo Basso 0:58:53.478
26 Chris Dredge Spirit Racing Tifosi 0:58:53.478
30 Jake Stewart Great Britain 0:58:55.826
31 Anthony Moye Spirit Racing Tifosi 0:58:57.000
32 Stanley Kennett Spirit Racing Tifosi 0:58:58.174
33 Ali Slater JLT Condor 0:59:34.565
34 Tom Mazzone Metaltek Kuota 0:59:41.609
34 Mikey Mottram Morvelo Basso 0:59:41.609
34 Ben Marks Morvelo Basso 0:59:41.609
37 Matthew Webster Catford CC Equipe/Banks 0:59:42.783
37 Ed Clemens Spirit Racing Tifosi 0:59:42.783
37 Matthew Clements Catford CC Equipe/Banks 0:59:42.783
40 Martin Ford Brother NRG Driverplan 0:59:47.478
41 Will Ranoe Morvelo Basso 1:01:30.409
42 Jacob Tipper Brother NRG Driverplan 1:01:35.318
43 Richard Haughton Brother NRG Driverplan 1:01:36.545
44 William Brown Brother NRG Driverplan 1:01:39.000
45 Rhys Britton Great Britain 1:01:51.273
46 Charley Calvert Great Britain 1:04:35.143
47 Alex Paton Madison Genesis 1:04:55.143
47 Matt Nowell BIKE Channel Canyon 1:04:55.143
49 Will Fox Catford CC Equipe/Banks 1:05:35.143
50 Adam Hartley Great Britain 1:05:55.143
51 Callum Ferguson Catford CC Equipe/Banks 1:06:15.143
51 George Fowler Catford CC Equipe/Banks 1:06:15.143
53 Tristan Robbins Team Raleigh GAC 1:07:35.143
53 Hayden McCormick ONE Pro Cycling 1:07:35.143
55 Scott Probert Morvelo Basso 1:07:45.143

1 Madison Genesis 3:43:04 10
2 Team Raleigh GAC 3:45:12 9
3 JLT Condor 3:45:55 8
4 BIKE Channel Canyon 3:46:04 7
5 ONE Pro Cycling 3:49:39 6
6 Metaltek Kuota 3:50:39 5
7 Morvelo Basso 3:59:45 4


1 Sebastian Mora Team Raleigh GAC 15
2 Rory Townsend BIKE Channel Canyon 11
3 Jon Mould JLT Condor 9
4 James Lowsley-Williams BIKE Channel Canyon 6
5 Brenton Jones JLT Condor 5
6 Enrique Sanz Team Raleigh GAC 4
7 Tom Stewart ONE Pro Cycling 4
8 Connor Swift Madison Genesis 3
9 Chris Opie BIKE Channel Canyon 2
10 Richard Handley Madison Genesis 1

Fastest Lap Brenton Jones, AUS, JLT Condor, 1:52.585

Womens Tour Series Race

Katie Archibald would have preferred to win solo but was confident for the sprint and easy to see why!

Event Press Release

World and Olympic Champion Katie Archibald rode to victory in Stoke-on-Trent at Round Two of the Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series, aided by the work of teammate Eileen Roe in a four rider group who dominated proceedings.

The Scottish duo were at the forefront throughout, but couldn’t do enough to move Team WNT into the Series lead as strong rides by Drops trio Rebecca Durrell (3rd), Annie Simpson (5th) and Lucy Shaw (7th) were enough to maintain a slender advantage at the top of the standings.

The quartet of Archibald, Roe and Durrell, plus third place finisher Manon Lloyd of Team Breeze drew clear of the peloton mid-race, with Archibald also claiming the Brother Fastest Lap award and the outright lead of the Eisberg Sprints jersey, sponsored by leading alcohol free wine brand Eisberg.

At the top of the team standings Drops continue to lead by a solitary point from Team WNT, in what looks set to be a Series long battle between the two UCI squads. Team Breeze are just a further nine points in arrears after good rides by Lloyd and teammate Emily Nelson, also inside the top 10.

Round Three of the Series takes place in Northwich on Friday 12th May, the first time that the Cheshire town has played host to The Tour Series, with the women’s race underway at 5.30pm.

Pressure was on from the start and before the Archibald group got away, all the action was at the back with riders being dropped on a tough circuit

Katie Archibald post race interview “Very happy with that win” Katie explained after the race. Asked how the break developed, Katie explained how gaps through the corners were opening up when the race was in single file and the wind was making life difficult for riders who were feeling the pace.

“That’s where the break went. I could see Eileen was up the road with a Drops girl (Durrell), and because it’s a team prize and what we’ve been going on about, I crossed to it and shouted to Eileen we were away and it was a case of holding the gap”.

With two girls in the break, WNT were in the box seat team wise but who was going to get the hands in the air and there was a lot of conjecture at the finish as to whether it would be Archibald or her teammate Roe. Katie explained what their strategy was. “Once we could see we were not going to be brought back, I tried to go for a long one at three to go and Eileen could wrap up the sprint, but it wasn’t to be.”

“The Drops rider Durrell had been having a nice ride at the back and I didn’t have the matches left to burn her off. In hindsight, that is what I would have enjoyed, trying to get away but when I saw that wasn’t going to be on, I felt safe with the sprint.”

“I knew I could leave it as late as possible (headwind) and then open up but we were catching a group of six riders and I thought this could go wrong so I committed a little earlier than I needed to but it was a good sprint.”

Asked if the wind was really noticeable on a circuit in and out of buildings, Katie replied “totally. It made everything that more exciting, picking the right line through the corners and it was good it was dry especially on the paving stones. The circuit is quite deceiving as its so draggy. Either up or down with no definitive kick and that means in a group like we were in, the descents fly by as you can push on a bit compared to a bunch where there is fighting to get ahead, and slamming on into the corners. It was so much smoother out front.”

After much conjecture at the finish that Eileen Roe was waiting for the sprint, with a lap to go, the British champion was leading the break a cross the line

Annie Simpson slips away to get fifth

And then watches the sprint for sixth unfold won by Emily Nelson

Individual Classification
1 Katie Archibald Team WNT
2 Manon Lloyd Team Breeze
3 Rebecca Durrell Drops
4 Eileen Roe Team WNT
5 Annie Simpson Drops
6 Emily Nelson Team Breeze
7 Lucy Shaw Drops
8 Charlotte Broughton Team Ford EcoBoost
9 Eleanor Dickinson Team Breeze
10 Lydia Boylan Team WNT
11 Gaby Shaw Team WNT
12 Amy Hill Team OnForm
13 Alice Sharpe NCC Group Kuota Torelli
14 Jennifer George Storey Racing
15 Annasley Park Drops
16 Megan Barker Team Breeze
17 Elinor Barker Team Breeze
18 Rebecca Goodson VeloSchils Interbike
19 Anna Docherty Liv Epic Coaching
20 Sian Botteley Team OnForm
21 Beth Crumpton Storey Racing
22 Lauren Humphreys Aprire HSS Hire
23 Hannah Larbalestier Sunsport Velo
24 Lauren Creamer NCC Group Kuota Torelli
25 Lizzy Bennett Liv Epic Coaching
26 Jenny Holl Team Jadan Weldtite p.b
27 Julie Erskin Team OnForm
28 Charmaine Porter Team Ford EcoBoost
29 Jo Tindley Team Ford EcoBoost
30 Beth Hayward Team Ford EcoBoost
31 Becca Carter Team WNT
32 Emma Lewis Aprire HSS Hire
33 Jessica Woodworth Team OnForm
34 Steph Clayton Sunsport Velo
35 Mads Scott NCC Group Kuota Torelli
36 Kim Baptista NCC Group Kuota Torelli
37 Chloe Weller Aprire HSS Hire
38 Alice Staniford Team RGB Building Supplies
39 Seonaid Thompson Sunsport Velo
40 Connie Hudson Liv Epic Coaching
41 Juliet Elliott Liv Epic Coaching
42 Louise Scupham Team Jadan Weldtite
43 Gwenno Hughes NCC Group Kuota Torelli
44 Jenny Corser Team RGB Building Supplies
45 Monica Dew Storey Racing
46 Nicola Soden VeloSchils Interbike
47 Julie Elder Aprire HSS Hire
48 Gabriella Nordin Sunsport Velo
49 Amber Joseph Storey Racing
50 Adele Martin Team Ford EcoBoost
51 Joanne Clay VeloSchils Interbike
52 Madeleine Gammons VeloSchils Interbike
53 Rosie Walsh Sunsport Velo
54 Sandra Mackay VeloSchils Interbike
55 Amy Jones Aprire HSS Hire
56 Rhona Callander Team Jadan Weldtite
57 Sophie Williams Team RGB Building Supplies
58 Lucy Driver Team RGB Building Supplies
59 Gabrielle Duckworth Team RGB Building Supplies
60 Rebecca Womersley Drops
61 Gemma Sargent Team OnForm

Brother Fastest Lap
Katie Archibald, GBR, Team WNT, 2:09.008

Eisberg Sprints Jersey Katie Archibald, GBR, Team WNT

1 Drops 189
2 Team WNT 188
3 Team Breeze 179
4 Team OnForm 100
5 NCC Group Kuota Torelli 80
6 Storey Racing 80
7 Team Ford EcoBoost 78
8 Liv Epic Coaching 64
9 VeloSchils Interbike 41
10 Aprire HSS Hire 33
11 Team Jadan Weldtite p.b Vive Le Velo 17
12 Sunsport Velo 15
13 Team RGB Building Supplies 0

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