Ed Clancy of Rapha Condor Sharp has won Round Six of the Halfords Tour Series in Peterborough, with Daniel Holloway of Team Raleigh-GAC second. With two other riders in the top seven places, Raleigh-GAC was the winning team on the night. Meanwhile, the second round of the Johnson Health Tech Grand Prix Series went to Harriet Owen.
It’s Rapha Condor Sharp’s third win of this year’s series, coming on top of two victories from Kristian House for the defending champions, who move back into second place in the team standings, a point ahead of Team UK Youth who didn’t manage to get any riders into the top ten places last night.
Endura Racing, however, remain the series leaders, with Scott Thwaites, winner in Kirkcaldy and Oxford, coming third last night and two of his team mates also featuring in the top ten.
Marcel Six of Metaltek Scott won the evening’s Boardman Bikes Sprints contest, but remains second in the series competition to Bernard Sulzberger of Raleigh-GAC, who has an eight-point lead.
Earlier on, Harriet Owen of Node4-Giordana Racing won Round Two of the Johnson Health Tech Grand Prix Series, her first victory in the event, now in its second year.
Owen won from a three-woman breakaway group including Annie Simpson of Matrix Fitness-Prendas, winner of the opening round in Oxford last week, and Hannah Barnes of Team Ibis Cycles.
Simpson now leads Barnes by two points in the series standings.
“Harriet’s a very deserved winner, she’s so strong and she went at the end and I couldn’t hold her,” said Simpson afterwards. “I knew to keep the overall I had to beat Hannah Barnes and I was just thinking that as I was sprinting.
“That was much harder than Oxford, the course was more demanding. We really had to keep pushing as we went so early. I wasn’t feeling my best at all tonight; in Oxford I felt really good but tonight I was glad I was in a break with some really strong riders.
“I didn’t really enjoy it, but it’s nice to be over and to have kept the jersey. I kept both jerseys and I couldn’t ask for anything more really,” she added.
Race winner Owen said: “I just went eyeballs out and hoped that someone would come with me, and it stuck. We all worked really well together so got quite a good lead.
“I knew I felt quite good, but I knew Hannah Barnes had a good sprint and Annie would go for a long one as well, so I had to chance it and go for a long one as if I could get the gap I’d be able to hold it, and it paid off!”
Highlights of both races are on ITV4 at 8pm tonight.
The Halfords Tour Series, Round Six, Peterborough, Provisional Results
Round Six Individual Result 1 Ed Clancy, Rapha Condor Sharp 2 Daniel Holloway, Team Raleigh-GAC 3 Scott Thwaites, Endura Racing 4 Matt Cronshaw, Node4-Giordana Racing 5 Zak Dempster, Endura Racing 6 Bernard Sulzberger, Team Raleigh-GAC 7 Graham Briggs, Team Raleigh-GAC 8 Ian Wilkinson, Endura Racing 9 James McCallum, Rapha Condor Sharp 10 Marcel Six, Metaltek Scott Round Six Team Result 1 Team Raleigh-GAC 2 Endura Racing 3 Rapha Condor Sharp 4 Node4-Giordana 5 Cycle Premier-Kovert 6 Team UK Youth 7 Team IG-Sigma Sport 8 Herbalife LeisureLakesBikes 9 Metaltek Scott 10 Team Hope Factory Racing Overall Team Standings, post-Round Six 1 Endura Racing, 56pts 2 Rapha Condor Sharp, 47pts 3 Team UK Youth, 46pts 4 Team Raleigh-GAC, 46pts 5 Node4-Giordana Racing, 40pts 6 Cycle Premier-Kovert, 28pts 7 Team IG-Sigma Sport, 24pts 8 Metaltek Scott, 16pts 9 Herbalife LeisureLakesBikes, 15pts 10 Team Hope Factory Racing, 11pts Boardman Bikes Sprints winner Peterborough Marcel Six Metaltek Scott Boardman Bikes Sprints standings, post-Round Six 1 Bernard Sulzberger, Team Raleigh-GAC, 61pts 2 Marcel Six, Metaltek Scott, 53pts 3 Kristian House, Rapha Condor Sharp, 32pts Johnson Health Tech Grand Prix Series, Round Two, Peterborough, Provisional Results Round Two Individual Result 1 Harriet Own, Node4-Giordana Racing 2 Annie Simpson, Matrix Fitness-Prendas 3 Hannah Barnes, Team Ibis Cycles 4 Lucy Garner, Node4-Giordana Racing 5 Amy Roberts, Scott Contessa Epic 6 Lydia Boylan, Look Mum No Hands! 7 Louise Mahe, Mule Bar Girls 8 Emily Kay, Scott Contessa Epic 9 Helen Wyman, Kona Factory Racing 10 Corrine Hall, Node4-Giordana Racing Round Two Team Winners: Node4-Giordana Racing Overall Individual Standings, post Round Two 1 Annie Simpson, Matrix Fitness-Prendas, 39pts 2 Hannah Barnes, Team Ibis Cycles, 37pts 3 Lucy Garner, Node4-Giordana Racing, 32pts 4 Corrine Hall, Node4-Giordana Racing, 28pts 5 Helen Wyman, Kona Factory Racing, 26pts 6 Harriet Owen, Node4-Giordana, 25pts 7 Lydia Boylan, Look Mum No Hands, 25pts 8 Amy Roberts, Scott Contessa Epic, 22pts 9 Jo Tindley, VC St Raphael, 18pts 10 Louise Mahe, Mule Bar Girls, 18pts Overall Team Standings, post-Round Two 1 Node4-Giordana Racing, 85pts 2 Matrix Fitness-Prendas, 69pts 3 Look Mum No Hands!, 41pts 4 Scott Contessa Epic, 40pts 5 VC St Raphael, 32pts 6 Mule Bar Girls, 30pts 7 Abergavenny Road Club, 15pts 8 Vivelo Bikes/Inverse/Cyclaim RT, 11pts 9 Team Hope Factory Racing, 9pts 10 WyndyMilla UK Youth, 6pts Sprints winner Peterborough Annie Simpson Matrix Fitness-Prendas Sprints standings, post Round Two: 1 Annie Simpson, Matrix Fitness-Prendas, 16pts 2 Harriet Owen, Node4-Giordana Racing, 8pts 3 Hannah Barnes, Team Ibis Cycles, 7pts
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.