Rapha-Condor-Sharp were last night crowned 2011 Halfords Tour Series Champions at London’s Canary Wharf, although the win on the evening went to Jonny McEvoy of Motorpoint Pro Cycling, clinching the only win of this season’s championship for the defending champions.
London-based Rapha-Condor-Sharp may go by the nickname the men in black, but spent most of the eight-race championship in the orange jerseys that marked them out as the leading team, having dominated the opening four rounds with Zak Dempster winning in Durham, followed by Ed Clancy in Aberystwyth, Graham Briggs in Peterborough and Dean Downing in Colchester.
Endura Racing finished as runners-up, as they did in 2010, reducing the deficit at the top of the team standings to just five points following last night’s race. Motorpoint were the leading team last night.
Ahead of the main event, Thomson Reuters won the Canary Wharf Corporate Grand Prix ProAm relay, aided by riders from CyclePremier.com-Metaltek, beating teams from businesses including the law firm Clifford Chance, BP, Canary Wharf Group and Saxo Bank, the latter presumably resisting the temptation to get some ringers in.
Highlights of last night’s racing will be shown on ITV4 at 8pm this evening, and will be repeated tomorrow morning at 9.40am.
Halfords Tour Series Round Eight, Canary Wharf, Results Team Results 1) Motorpoint Pro Cycling 2) Endura Racing 3) Rapha Condor Sharp 4) Sigma Sport-Specialized 5) CyclePremier.com-Metaltek 6) Team UK Youth 7) Twenty3c Orbea 8) Team Raleigh 9) Pendragon Le Col Colnago 10) Wilier GoSelfDrive.com Individual Results 1) Jonny McEvoy Motorpoint Pro Cycling 2) Dean Downing Rapha Condor Sharp 3) Scott Thwaites Endura Racing 4) Magnus Backstedt Team UK Youth 5) Wouter Sybrandy Sigma Sport-Specialized 6) Paul Voss Endura Racing 7) Tobyn Horton Motorpoint Pro Cycling 8) James McCallum Rapha Condor Sharp 9) Ian Wilkinson Endura Racing 10) Marcin Bialoblocki Motorpoint Pro Cycling Boardman Bikes Sprints winner Jonny McEvoy Motorpoint Pro Cycling Final Team Standings, after Round Eight 1) Rapha Condor Sharp 75pts 2) Endura Racing 70pts 3) Motorpoint Pro Cycling 56pts 4) Sigma Sport-Specialized 49pts 5) Team UK Youth 41pts 6) CyclePremier.com-Metaltek 38pts 7) Team Raleigh 37pts 8) Twenty3c Orbea 33pts 9) Pendragon Le Col Colnago 31pts 10) Wilier GoSelfDrive.com 10pts Final Boardman Bikes Sprints standings, after Round Eight 1) Steve Lampier Sigma Sport-Specialized 32pts 2) Kristian House Rapha Condor Sharp 27pts 3) Dean Downing Rapha Condor Sharp 24pts
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.