Handley wins Durham Tour Series as One Pro Cycling close in on team lead

Handley wins Durham Tour Series as One Pro Cycling close in on team lead

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Richard Handley took an impressive first ever individual Pearl Izumi Tour Series in Durham, as One Pro Cycling were the team winners to edge closer to leading team Madison Genesis.

Handley put over a minute into the rest of the field, who were headed home on the tough Durham circuit by Kristian House to make it a 1-2 on the night for JLT Condor presented by Mavic.

But it was the One Pro Cycling team, with Jon Mould and Marcin Bialoblocki among the only ten riders to remain on the lead lap, who took the team win to move themselves to within two points of Madison Geneis.

One Pro Cycling took the team win in Durham to close in on leaders Madison Genesis

The win, awarded to the team with the lowest cumulative time from their five riders, came in part thanks to the performance of One Pro Cycling's fifth rider George Harper, who despite being caught up in a crash early on, chased and then broke away from the final Madison Genesis rider on the road, Mark McNally.

Behind there was another third place for Pedal Heaven, who also sit in third overall in the Pearl Izumi Tour Series, eight points clear of NFTO and the top ranked non-UCI team in the competition.

As well as taking the individual win, Handley also won the evening's Chain Reaction Cycles Sprints prize, but Tom Stewart stays in control of that competition, albeit with House now his nearest challenger, five points in arrears.

There was also a superb effort by Ed Clancy to take the Costa Express Fastest Lap, in a flying 2:00.560, ably assisted by a strong mid-race leadout from his JLT Condor presented by Mavic teammate Felix English.

Highlights from Durham will be shown on ITV4 at 9:00pm on Friday 29 May, with a repeat at 8:00am on Saturday 30 May.

Barrow in Cumbria hosts round six of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series on Friday 29 May, with a full afternoon of support events and activities ahead of the evening's race at 7:30pm.

Results and standings after round five

Team results and standings
Individual results
Chain Reaction Cycles Points results and standings