Great Britain junior Matt Gibson on the podium at Pearl Izumi Tour Series in Barrow

Great Britain junior Matt Gibson on the podium at Pearl Izumi Tour Series in Barrow

Home » Great Britain Cycling Team

British Cycling Olympic Development Programme rider Matt Gibson scored an impressive third place at round two of the 2014 Pearl Izumi Tour Series in Barrow-in-Furness on Thursday evening.

The 17-year-old, fresh from time-trial victory at the Course de la Paix Juniors stage race, was one of four riders attempting to reel in eventual winner Graham Briggs of Rapha Condor JLT and Tom Scully of Madison Genesis.

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, Felix English, Richard Hepworth and Matthew Gibson.

Briggs outsprinted Scully for the win on Barrow's long final straight but Gibson and Hepworth came close to reeling them in, Gibson taking third ahead of Hepworth, just clear of the chasing peloton led home by Adam Blythe, followed by the Madison Genesis duo of Mike Northey and Tobyn Horton.

With Tennant also in the top ten, team victory on the night went to the Madison Genesis outfit, a comprehensive performance from the team who had also taken victory in Stoke-on-Trent, making up for their disappointment in the team time-trial event, when spectators had baulked them.

Briggs' individual win helped his Rapha Condor JLT team back into the overall series lead with previous leaders NFTO Pro Cycling dropping to third overall having finished sixth on the night.

NFTO's Jon Mould kept 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.

Highlights of the Barrow round will be shown on ITV4 at 8pm on Friday 16 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.


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