Great Britain third in team time-trial at Pearl Izumi Tour Series

Great Britain third in team time-trial at Pearl Izumi Tour Series

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Great Britain finished third in the team time-trial as the Pearl Izumi Tour Series started in Stoke-on-Trent on Tuesday evening.

Jacob Ragan, Chris Latham, Chris Lawless and Oilver Wood set a time of 3:07.635 on the city-centre course as Rapha Condor JLT went fastest in 3:05.522.

In the criterium race later in the evening, Jon Mould (NFTO Pro Cycling) was victorious with Oliver Wood Great Britain’s highest finisher in ninth.

Madison Genesis took the team honours in the criterium but NFTO Pro Cycling have the overall lead with 20 points after round one of the team-based series.

Great Britain are sixth with 12 points.

In the Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series, Great Britain Olympic Academy athlete Katie Archibald lapped the majority of the field on her way to an emphatic victory.

Riding for Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International, team pursuit world champion Archibald burst into a solo lead as the race fractured behind her, also winning the sprint jersey as her team took the overall honours.

“To be honest that was really a bit of an accident to win like that,” Archibald said. “Sarah (Storey) was drilling it on the front and I came up to take a turn and a gap appeared, I thought ‘I've got to stay now'.

“It was a little more work than I was setting out to do when I left home this morning but, yes, it was a good effort.”

The second rounds of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series and Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series take place in Barrow on Thursday.

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