Dean Downing took his second straight win in round three of the Tour Series in Woking on Tuesday night.
However, it was not as simple as all that, as Rapha Condor team manager, John Herety, explained after the race.
?It was not what was planned. It was a great ride from Dean but not a good result for the team,? said Herety.
As Rapha?s strongest sprinter, team tactics before the race had been for one of the team?s other riders to get in a break, with Dean taking the points from the bunch.
?Dean was hoping to get a reaction when he attacked but he went so well that people didn?t bother going with him.?
Safe in the knowledge that Rapha?s strongest sprinter was up the road, the other teams in the lead group were perhaps content to let Downing escape and fight over the remaining points.
Madison used this tactic to full effect, taking second and third on the night, moving from third to second in the overall standings in the process.
Downing?s win meant Rapha snatched the top spot in the overall, but Herety was still not happy with the result.
?The idea was to take maximum points as a team last night, but we didn’t manage to do it.
The tactical nuances of the Tour Series regulations have turned criterium racing on its head and created the somewhat bizarre situation in Woking where Rapha had the winning rider, but were not the winning team on the night.
Looking to Peterborough
Rapha snatched the lead from CandiTV Marhsalls Pasta at Woking, but hold a slender lead heading to Peterborough.
After the tight and twisty Woking circuit, the riders will be faced with just three sharp corners in Peterborough and three long straights.
Now in the lead of the team standings going into round four, it will be interesting to see whether the Rapha team takes a slightly different approach to defending its slender advantage.
Above: Dean Downing takes his second win on the trot in Woking but it was the Madison team that took the honours on the night
TEAM RESULTS: ROUND THREE, WOKING
1. Plowman Craven-Madison
3. Candi TV?Marshalls Pasta
4. Halfords Bikehut
5. Sigma Sport-Specialized-Sportful
6. Sports Beans?Wilier
7. Team Corley Cycles
8. Endura Racing
10. BMC UK Racing Team
TEAM STANDINGS AFTER ROUND THREE
1. Rapha?Condor 30 points
2. Plowman Craven-Madison 29 pts
3. Candi TV?Marshalls Pasta 28 pts
4. Halfords Bikehut 19pts
5. Sport Beans-Wilier 17pts
6. Sigma Sport-Specialized-Sportful 16pts
7. BMC UK Racing Team 11pts
8. Team Corley Cycles 11pts
9. Cyclingbargains.com 8pts
10. Endura Racing 5pts
THE TOUR SERIES: 2009 DATES
June 4 Tour Series criterium 4, Peterborough
June 9 Tour Series criterium 5, Blackpool
June 11 Tour Series criterium 6, Southport
June 16 Tour Series criterium 7, Stoke-on-Trent
June 18 Tour Series criterium 8, Colchester
June 23 Tour Series criterium 9, Chester
June 25 Tour Series criterium 10, Southend on Sea
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It?s getting close at the top as CandiTV narrow the gap on Halfords. We could see a new leader by the end of the weekend, with three counting events in quick succession ? Peterborough, Smithfield and the Ryedale Grand Prix Premier Calendar.
Good to see Plowman Craven-Madison moving up the scoreboard with Tony Gibb and Stephen Adams both bagging points at Woking. The team may have financial problems but keeping the jerseys at the front is the best way to attract new sponsorship.
Halfords Bikehut 91
CandiTV-Marshalls Pasta 87
Rapha Condor 66
Plowman Craven-Madison 32
Sports Beans-Wilier 26
Le Col-Colnago 10
Corley Cycles 6
Sigma Sport 1
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