13 June, 2014
Pearl Izumi Tour Series - Week 5
TheTour Series came to a an exciting conclusion on the Channel Island of Jersey on Friday with Rapha Condor JLT crowned Pearl Izumi Tour Series champions for 2014.
The boys in black had led the series since Round Two in Barrow and while they were chased hard by Madison Genesis and Raleigh they put in a dogged defence in front of a large crowd along the harbour front in Gorey.
The individual honours on the night though went to Madison Genesis' Tom Stewart with a solo win. Stewart was part of a ten rider group who worked their way clear early on around Gorey's fast, but technical circuit. Repeated attacks from the leader's failed to stay away, until Stewart's move approaching the hour mark saw him rapidly build a 16-second advantage he would hold to the finish.
Node4 Velosure's George Harper took on the responsibilty of leading the chase in a repeat of his performance in Woking on the Tuesday, but come the final sprint along Gorey's coast road it was Morgan Kniesky edging Ed Clancy for second spot. Harper claimed fourth before fifth for Alex Paton, after another impressive ride by the Pedal Heaven Colbornes rider, and Guernsey's Tobyn Horton sixth, in what was the closest the Channel Islander gets to a home round.
Stewart's win helped Madison Genesis to their fourth team win of the 2014 Pearl Izumi Tour Series, with Node4 Velosure coming second thanks to top 10's from Harper and Rob Partridge.
Rapha Condor JLT took third on the night to finish the Series with six team wins, their best ever haul in a season, while the young Great Britain academy team were celebrating having come out on top of the three-way battle for the wooden spoon, which went, narrowly, to Pedal Heaven Colbornes, in their debut season.
The final Costa Express Fastest Lap of the year went to a Great Britain rider too, with youngster Germain Burton following up on his seventh place in the hill climb with the fastest individual race lap.
Earlier in the afternoon Rapha Condor JLT took the hill climb team result, though with Frenchman Matthieu Boulo giving Team Raleigh the individual win.