JLT Condor and Drops Cycling Team take opening Tour Series rounds in Redditch

JLT Condor and Drops Cycling Team take opening Tour Series rounds in Redditch

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JLT Condor and Drops Cycling Team were the winners at the opening night of the 2017 Tour Series in Redditch, Worcestershire. 

Defending champions JLT Condor took the honours in the opening team time trial before following that up with victory in the evening's circuit race.

In between Alice Barnes had led her Drops team to a dominant performance, winning the race, team prize, Eisberg Sprints Jersey and helping herself to the Brother Fastest Lap along the way.

Opie sprints to win

Chris Opie wins at round one of the Tour Series in Redditch

The men's race was a much tighter and closely fought affair, with the Redditch event coming down to a bunch sprint for the first time in six visits by the series, with BIKE Channel Canyon rider Chris Opie outsprinting Australian Brenton Jones and Spaniard Enrique Sanz, both of whom were making their series debuts.

The victory, Opie's third in the Series and first since 2013, helped his BIKE Channel Canyon team into second place on the night, repeating their runners-up spot from the afternoon's team time trial, leaving them two-points behind JLT Condor.

Opie's final lap effort at the head of the bunch earnt him the Brother Fastest Lap award, while Team Raleigh GAC's Sebastian Mora pulls on the new-look Wiggle Points Jersey.

Barnes wins women’s race

Drop Cycling on the podium at the Matrix Fitness Grand Prix in Redditch

The opening women's race of the year went the way of Alice Barnes, with the Drops rider leading home a pair of 2016's Olympic gold medallists from Rio in Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker in second and third, helping their teams, WNT and Breeze to the same spots overall.

Barnes also won the first ever Brother Fastest Lap award for the women's series, and took the Eisberg Sprints Jersey.

Action from the Redditch round of The Tour Series will be shown on ITV4 at 7pm on Wednesday 10 May and available on demand via the ITV Hub.

Round two of The Tour Series takes place in Stoke-on-Trent on Thursday 11 May with action getting underway at 6pm for women's race followed by the men's event at 8pm.