Rising British star Matthew Gibson (Great Britain) won round three of the 2014 Pearl Izumi Tour Series in Peterborough after attacking on the final lap.
The 17-year-old Great Britain academy rider – who has also enjoyed a strong start to this year’s Nations Cup campaign on the road – attacked a four-man breakaway group after taking the bell.
And the youngster’s acceleration proved too much for his former companions, with former BMC Racing man Adam Blythe (NFTO) crossing solo behind him in second place.
Graham Briggs (Rapha Condor-JLT) and Mike Northey (Madison-Genesis) contested the final podium place, after the break of four had worked well together to go clear halfway through the race and earn a steady lead.
Northey crossed first, but it was Briggs who was awarded third place after a clash on the final corner.
That result – coupled with team-mates Felix English, who set the fastest lap, and Ed Clancy finishing fifth and sixth respectively – means Rapha Condor JLT took the team win to move three points clear overall.
In-form Gibson’s was only good enough to lift Great Britain to sixth on the day however, with Madison-Genesis claiming second and NFTO Pro Cycling third to just about stay in touch with the two leaders overall.
The new Herefordshire-based outfit were also handed the boost of retaining the sprint jersey, with Jonathan Mould bagging enough points to stay clear of Briggs and Northey.
The Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series round two also took place in Peterborough, with Eileen Roe (Starley Primal) taking the round win and moving into the overall lead.
Victory means Scottish rider Roe, who leads compatriot Charline Joiner (Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International) overall, will wear the leader’s in her home country for round three, which takes place in Edinburgh on May 29.
With another Scot, first round winner Katie Archibald, missing, Roe raced in the jersey of overall leader and beat Nicola Juniper (Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International) and Harriet Owen (Matrix Fitness-Vulpine) to the round.
Juniper, who set the tempo for much of the earlier half of the race with a series of attacks – bagging the combativity prize as a result – helped ensured Sarah Storey’s Pearl Izumi Sports Tour International top the team rankings however.
Pearl Izumi Tour Series – round three individual result
1) Matthew Gibson (GBR) – Great Britain
2) Adam Blythe (GBR) – NFTO Pro Cycling
3) Graham Briggs (GBR) – Rapha Condor JLT
4) Mike Northey (NZL) – Madison Genesis
5) Felix English (IRL) – Rapha Condor JLT
6) Ed Clancy (GBR) – Rapha Condor JLT
7) Tobyn Horton (GBR) – Madison Genesis
8) Tom Scully (NZL) – Madison Genesis
9) Tom Stewart (GBR) – Madison Genesis
10) Yanto Barker (GBR) – Team Raleigh
Overall Team Standings
1) Rapha Condor JLT – 42pts
2) Madison Genesis – 39pts
3) NFTO Pro Cycling – 33pts
4) Team Raleigh – 28pts
5) Great Britain – 23pts
6) Node4 Velosure – 21pts
7) Metaltek Kuota – 18pts
8) Starley Primal – 15pts
9) Pedal Heaven Colbornes – 9pts
Matrix Fitness Grand Priz Series – round two result
1) Eileen Roe (GBR) – Starley Primal Pro Cycling
2) Nicola Juniper (GBR) – Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International
3) Harriet Owen (GBR) – Matrix Fitness-Vulpine
4) Jasmine Diotti (ITA) – Velosport-Pasta Montegrappa
5) Hannah Walker (GBR) – Epic Cycles-Scott WRT
6) Charline Joiner (GBR) – Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International
7) Clemence Copie (GBR) – Team Mule Bar Girl-Sigma Sport
8) Lauren Creamer (IRL) – Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International
9) Sigrid Jochems (NED) – Matrix Fitness-Vulpine
10) Gabriella Shaw (GBR) – Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International
1) Eileen Roe (GBR) – Starley Primal Pro Cycling – 39pts
2) Charline Joiner (GBR) – Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International – 28pts
3) Hannah Walker (GBR) – Epic Cycles – Scott WRT – 24pts
4) Natalie Creswick (GBR) – Team Mule Bar Girl-Sigma Sport –23pts
5) Harriet Owen (GBR) – Matrix Fitness-Vulpine – 21pts
Overall team standings
1) Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International – 98pts
2) Matrix Fitness-Vulpine – 79pts
3) Starley Primal Pro Cycling – 56pts
4) Team Mule Bar Girl-Sigma Sport – 49pts
5) Epic Cycles Scott WRT – 42pts
6) Velosport-Pasta Montegrappa – 36pts
7) RST Racing Team – 5pts
8) WyndyMilla-Reynolds – 4pts