Second successive Tour Series win for Mould in Edinburgh

Second successive Tour Series win for Mould in Edinburgh

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Jon Mould and Team Raleigh both made it two wins from two in week three of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series, as the team-based series made its first appearance in Edinburgh on Thursday evening.

Mould took another dominant solo victory, ahead of Tom Scully and Kristian House, while Team Raleigh did enough with three riders in the top eight to take their second team victory of the 2014 series.

The Nottingham team narrowly beat Madison Genesis, who had three riders in the top eleven, including second placed Scully, while Rapha Condor JLT came third to have their lead narrowed to eight points ahead of next Tuesday's Redditch event.

From the off, the field soon split up on the tough 1.3-kilometre course, featuring a long cobbled climb through the Grassmarket and up Victoria Street, before a fast descent back to the Grassmarket.

After 15 minutes of racing and the opening sprint a group of five riders found themselves clear, including Mould, Scully and House, plus Marcin Bialoblocki and Matthieu Boulo. With all five representing different teams there was little by way of an organised chase behind, and instead a second group formed containing the all-important second and third riders from each team.

House and Boulo both made attempts to get clear, but at the final sprint it was Mould powering clear, with House and Scully in pursuit. Once away, the NFTO Pro Cycling rider wasn't seen again, keeping a steady lead over his pursuers to add victory in Edinburgh to that of Durham earlier in the week and Stoke-on-Trent at round one.

Scully then pipped House, with Boulo and Bialoblocki both crossing the line alone, before Graham Briggs led in the pack for sixth. Behind the Rapha Condor JLT man came Morgan Kniesky (seventh) and Evan Oiphant (eighth), making Yanto Barker's tenth unneeded for Raleigh to claim their fifth Pearl Izumi Tour Series team win.

NFTO took fifth in the teams but again dominated the individual prizes, with Mould adding the sprint win on the night and retention of the sprints jersey to his individual win.

The win for Mould also means he becomes only the second rider in Pearl Izumi Tour Series history to take three individual wins in a season, following on from Ed Clancy's hat-trick in 2013.

Consolation for Scully was another Costa Express Fastest Lap prize and his Madison Genesis team edging closer to leaders Rapha Condor JLT.

Highlights of the Edinburgh race will be shown on ITV4 at 9pm on Friday 30 May, with a repeat at 6am on Saturday 31 May.

Round seven of The Pearl Izumi Tour Series takes place in Redditch on Tuesday 3 June, the third visit for the team based series to the Worcestershire venue, backed by the Choose How You Move project.


Round Six Team Result

1. Team Raleigh
2. Madison Genesis
3. Rapha Condor JLT
4. Node4 Velosure
5. NFTO Pro Cycling
6. Pedal Heaven Colbornes
7. Starley Primal Pro Cycling
8. Metaltek Kuota
9. Great Britain

Round Six Individual Result
1. Jon Mould, GBR, NFTO Pro Cycling
2. Tom Scully, NZL, Madison Genesis
3. Kristain House, GBR, Rapha Condor JLT
4. Marcin Bialoblocki, POL, Node4 Velosure
5. Matthieu Boulo, FRA, Team Raleigh
6. Graham Briggs, GBR, Rapha Condor JLT
7. Morgan Kniesky, FRA, Team Raleigh
8. Evan Oliphant, GBR, Team Raleigh
9. Ian Bibby, GBR, Madison Genesis
10. Yanto Barker, GBR, Team Raleigh

Round Six Costa Express Fastest Lap: Tom Scully, NZL, Madison Genesis, 1'45.819
Round Six Sprint Winner: Jon Mould, GBR, NFTO Pro Cycling

Overall Team Standings, post-Round Six
1. Rapha Condor JLT, 72pts
2. Madison Genesis, 64pts
3. Team Raleigh, 59pts
4. NFTO Pro Cycling, 54pts
5. Node4 Velosure, 41pts
6. Metaltek Kuota, 32pts
7. Great Britain, 29pts
8. Starley Primal Pro Cycling, 26pts
9. Pedal Heaven Colbornes, 22pts

Overall Sprint Standings, post-Round Six
1. Jon Mould, GBR, NFTO Pro Cycling, 56pts
2. Graham Briggs, GBR, Rapha Condor JLT, 41pts
3. Tom Scully, NZL, Madison Genesis, 31pts