Matthieu Boulo soloed to Team Raleigh’s first individual victory of the 2014 Tour Series in Redditch – but it was Rapha Condor-JLT who scooped the team prize to extend their overall lead.
Boulo, Yanto Barker and Liam Stones were all active for Team Raleigh on the night, putting in big stints at the front on the drying town centre roads.
But it was the move of Frenchman Boulo which proved decisive, pulling away from the front group with two laps remaining and powering through to take a solo win.
Behind him, Jack Pullar (Starley Primal), who had been part of a two-man break with Sam Harrison (NFTO Pro) for much of the evening, suffered a crash on the final lap to deny him the chance of a top-ten finish.
Instead, Rapha Condor-JLT’s Felix English, Ed Clancy and Kristian House – who won the night’s sprint competition – led in the rest of the field to seal another team victory.
It leaves the Rapha Condor-JLT squad 12 points clear of nearest challengers Madison-Genesis with four events remaining, as the series prepares to head to Canary Wharf on Thursday night.
Earlier in the evening, a much more dramatic finale had ensued in the fourth round of the women’s Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series.
A strong team ride from Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International trio Dame Sarah Storey, Ciara Horne and Charline Joiner looked like setting up victory for the latter.
But on greasy roads, Joiner slid out on the final corner – taking national cyclo-cross champion Helen Wyman (Matrix Fitness-Vulpine), in the sprints jersey, with her.
Rising Welsh star Amy Roberts (Wiggle-Honda), a team pursuit team-mate of Horne’s, was the beneficiary, avoiding the crash to sprint to victory.
The only Wiggle-Honda rider on show, Roberts – who had done well to stay, unsupported, in the lead group of six – seized her opportunity to earn her first Series victory on just her second appearance.
With Joiner crossing the line on foot in fifth, she also missed the opportunity to overhaul leader Eileen Roe at the top of the individual standings – Roe having been dropped from the main group thanks to Storey and Horne’s efforts.
Lydia Boylan (Velosport – Pasta Montegrappa) crossed second, with Storey taking the final podium spot on the night.
Wyman also crossed the line on foot, but was able to celebrate sprints victory on the night and with it overhauled Katie Archibald’s lead in the classification with just one round – in Woking on June 10 – remaining.
Highlights of both events will be shown on ITV4 at 9pm on Wednesday June 4.
Pearl Izumi Tour Series: round seven (Redditch) – individual result
1) Matthieu Boulo (FRA) – Team Raleigh
2) Felix English (IRL – Rapha Condor JLT
3) Ed Clancy (GBR) – Rapha Condor JLT
4) Kristian House (GBR) – Rapha Condor JLT
5) Liam Stones (GBR) – Team Raleigh
6) Ian Bibby (GBR) – Madison Genesis
7) Gruff Lewis (GBR) – Pedal Heaven-Colbornes
8) Yanto Barker (GBR) – Team Raleigh
9) Andy Tennant (GBR) – Madison Genesis
10) Mike Northey (NZL) – Madison Genesis
Overall team standings
1) Rapha Condor-JLT – 84pts
2) Madison-Genesis – 72pts
3) Team Raleigh – 69pts
4) NFTO Pro Cycling – 58pts
5) Node4-Velosure, – 43pts
6) Metaltek-Kuota – 38pts
7) Great Britain – 32pts
8) Starley Primal Pro Cycling – 31pts
9) Pedal Heaven-Colbornes – 29pts
Matrix Fitness GP Series: round four (Redditch) – result
1) Amy Roberts (GBR) – Wiggle Honda
2) Lydia Boylan (IRL) – Velosport-Pasta Montegrappa
3) Dame Sarah Storey (GBR) – Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International
4) Ciara Horne (GBR) – Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International
5) Charline Joiner (GBR) – Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International
6) Helen Wyman (GBR) – Matrix Fitness-Vulpine
7) Annasley Park (GBR) – RST Racing Team
8) Gabriella Shaw (GBR) – Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International
9) Tamiko Butler (GBR) – WyndyMilla-Reynolds
10) Katie Curtis (GBR) – Starley Primal Pro Cycling
Overall individual standings
1) Eileen Roe (GBR) – Starley Primal Pro Cycling – 64pts
2) Charline Joiner (GBR) – Pearl Izumi Sports Tour International – 61pts
3) Helen Wyman (GBR) – Matrix Fitness-Vulpine – 50pts
4) Natalie Creswick (GBR) – Team MuleBar Girl-Sigma Sport – 43pts
5) Katie Archibald (GBR) – Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International – 40pts
Overall team standings
1) Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International – 191pts
2) Matrix Fitness-Vulpine – 141pts
3) Starley Primal Pro Cycling – 99pts
4) Team MuleBar Girl-Sigma Sport – 69pts
5) Velosport-Pasta Montegrappa – 55pts
6) Epic Cycles-Scott WRT – 49pts
7) RST Racing Team – 46pts
8) WyndyMilla-Reynolds – 39pts
9) GBCycles.co.uk – 3pts