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Joiner and Bialoblocki win at Tour Series in Croydon

Joiner and Bialoblocki win at Tour Series in Croydon

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Marcin Bialoblocki won at round seven of the Tour Series in Croydon as Team WNT's Charline Joiner was victorious in the Matrix Fitness GP Series.

Bialoblocki’s One Pro Cycling took their fifth team win of the series to edge a point closer to series leaders Madison Genesis with three rounds to go.

There was also no change at the top in the women's Matrix Fitness GP Series, with Team Giordana Triton rider Nikki Juniper keeping the individual and sprints jerseys after finishing second to Team WNT's Commonwealth Games medallist Charline Joiner.

In the men's event, after a fast start five riders eventually went clear and stayed away, lapping the remainder of the field in the closing minutes.

Madison Genesis duo Tom Stewart and Tobyn Horton were joined by Alex Paton, Series returnee Andy Tennant and eventual winner Bialoblocki. 

Bialoblocki’s One Pro Cycling took their fifth team win of the series to edge a point closer to Series leaders Madison Genesis with three rounds to go.

With Stewart tumbling out of contention it was Bialoblocki who outsprinted Tennant for his first Pearl Izumi Tour Series race win since 2012 with Guernseyman Horton coming in third.

The main chasing group though was dominated by One Pro Cycling's five riders to give them the all-important team win, while Madison Genesis did well to salvage second after three riders were struck down in separate crashes.

Consolation for Stewart's exit from the lead group was a return to the lead of the Chain Reaction Cycles Points Jersey two points ahead of Morgan Kneisky, while NFTO's Ian Bibby took the Costa Express Fastest Lap award around Croydon.

Heading to round eight at Canary Wharf Madison Genesis lead One Pro Cycling by just two points, with ten available for victory, the two well clear of nearest challengers Pedal Heaven, who themselves have a handy 13-point lead over Team Raleigh GAC in fourth.

Matrix Fitness Grand Prix

Team Giordana Triton rider Nikki Juniper retains the individual and sprints jerseys

Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International riders Gabriella Shaw, Katie Curtis and Dame Sarah Storey were among the most active in a fast and sometimes fraught women's race, but ultimately it was a top three of Joiner, Juniper and Croydon's adopted Louise Mahe, all of whom at one stage or another had tried their hand on the attack.

Joiner's win, her first in the series puts her third behind Juniper, who has yet to finish off the podium in three races and Jessie Walker, with races in Peterborough and Bath to come on Tuesday 9 June and Thursday 11 June.

Results

Pearl Izumi Tour Series results
Matrix Fitness GP Series results

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