Bath sees dramatic Tour Series climax

Bath sees dramatic Tour Series climax

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Madison Genesis clinched their first Pearl Izumi Tour Series title in Bath in dramatic fashion, as Series leader's One Pro Cycling lost captain Yanto Barker early on to a crash, swinging momentum towards the Milton Keynes based team.

The team headed into the final round level on points with the One Pro Cycling team of former England cricketer Matt Prior, but out of the lead on countback, however victory on the night combined with One's misfortune meant Roger Hammond secured his first title as team manager.

Consolation for One Pro Cycling was the race win for Marcin Bialoblocki, who attacked a nine rider lead group to solo to victory, his second of the 2015 Pearl Izumi Tour Series, as the team were forced onto the front foot to try and make amends for their rider deficit.

Marcin Bialoblocki, individual winner in Bath.

Behind Tobyn Horton pipped Kristian House on the line for second, but it was Pedal Heaven and Team Raleigh GAC taking second and third on the night.

The women's Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series was equally dramatic, with Nikki Juniper holding on to win the Series, but only after a late scare.

Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series winner Nicola Juniper.

Juniper was in a small group containing all of her rivals chasing lone leader Dani King when she suffered a puncture with two laps to go. Dropped by the group, the Team Giordana Triton rider benefited from the sportsmanship of Team MuleBar Girl Sigma Sport rider who provided a wheel setting up a frantic chase back for Juniper.

King's solo victory was as comfortable as Juniper's was tense, coming home 13th in the double points finale was enough to give a one point margin over Jessie Walker who had taken the sprint for second, with Charline Joiner two points further behind in third overall.

Dani King, winner in Bath.

Despite a best placed rider of Joanna Rowsell in tenth, Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International took the team prize after five events, while Juniper also took the Sprints Jersey.

Rounding out the men's prizes Ed Clancy took another Costa Express Fastest Lap while Morgan Kneisky secured the Chain Reaction Cycles Points Jersey after a Series long battle with Tom Stewart.

The Pedal Heaven team also made a final round podium appearance, taking third overall to give them comfortably the prize for the top non-UCI team, an excellent performance by the team from Fleet in only their second season in the Series.

Highlights from Bath will be shown on ITV4 at 8:00pm on Friday 12 June June, with a repeat at 11:40am on Saturday 13 June.

Winning Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series team Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International will return to action next week as they make their debut in the Aviva Women's Tour, from 17 – 21 June in the east of England, starting in Suffolk and finishing five stages later in Hemel Hempstead.


Pearl Izumi Tour Series


Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series