Pearl Izumi Tour Series and Matrix Fitness Grand Prix pay a first visit to Croydon in South London

TAGS:

Marcin Bialoblocki won the eighth round of the 2015 Pearl Izumi Tour Series in Croydon on Tuesday evening, with his One Pro Cycling squad also taking the team honours.

Bialoblocki was part of a decisive five-man escape group that also comprised Tom Stewart, Tobyn Horton (both Madison-Genesis), Alex Paton (Pedal Heaven) and Andy Tennant (Team Wiggins).

Madison Gensis lead the escape group, Tour Series 2015 Croydon

Madison Gensis lead the escape group, Tour Series 2015 Croydon

The Madison duo of Stewart and Horton drove the pace of the break along, and before the end of the race around a tight circuit in central Croydon, they had lapped the main peloton. With Stewart delayed after a crash, the win was contested from the remaining group of four.

Bialoblocki accelerated hard along the finish straight, out-pacing Tennant to take the victory with Horton in third.

>>> Is this the best Tour Series marginal gain?

One Pro Cycling had massed at the front of the chase group to ensure they took the team victory on the night, and have again edged closer to overall series leaders Madison-Genesis in the team competition.

Charline Joiner wins Matrix GP round in Croydon

Charline Joiner wins Matrix GP round in Croydon

Earlier in the evening, Charline Joiner (Team WNT) won the third round of the 2015 Matrix Fitness Grand Prix ahead of series leader Nikki Juniper (Giordana Triton) and local favourite Louise Mahé (IKON Mazda).

The Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International squad featuring Dame Sarah Storey, Gabriella Shaw and Katie Curtis took the team award on the night despite Storey colliding with a mother and child that had entered the fully-barriered course unexpectedly.

Helen Wyman was active throughout the race, Matrix Fitness GP, Croydon

Helen Wyman was active throughout the race, Matrix Fitness GP, Croydon

The next round of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series takes place at Canary Wharf, London, on Thursday, June 4.

Television highlights of the Croydon round will be shown on ITV4 at 10pm on Wednesday June 3.

Croydon welcomes the 2015 Tour Series

Croydon welcomes the 2015 Tour Series

Pearl Izumi Tour Series, round seven, Croydon

Team result
1. ONE Pro Cycling
2. Madison Genesis
3. Pedal Heaven

Individual result
1. Marcin Bialoblocki, One Pro Cycling
2. Andy Tennant, Team Wiggins
3. Tobyn Horton, Madison Genesis

Pearl Izumi Tour Series standings after round seven
1. Madison Genesis, 84pts
2. One Pro Cycling, 82pts
3. Pedal Heaven, 69pts
4. Team Raleigh GAC, 56pts
5. NFTO, 55pts
6. JLT Condor presented by Mavic, 41pts
7. SportGrub Kuota, 39pts
8. Velosure Starley Primal, 38pts
9. Team Wiggins, 22pts

Round winner Charline Joiner with Nikki Juniper (left) and Louise Mahé (right), Matrix Fitness GP, Croydon

Round winner Charline Joiner with Nikki Juniper (left) and Louise Mahé (right), Matrix Fitness GP, Croydon

Matrix Fitness GP Series, round three, Croydon

Individual result
1. Charline Joiner, Team WNT
2. Nikki Juniper, Team Giordana Triton
3. Louise Mahé, Ikon Mazda

Team winner
Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International

Team standings after round three
1. Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International, 109pts
2. Team Giordana Triton, 107pts
3. Team WNT, 77pts
4. Team USN, 49pts
5. Team Jadan, 31pts
6. Corley Cycles RT, 23pts
7. Les Filles, 13pts
8. Ikon Mazda, 8pts
9. PMR@Toachim House, 4pts

Individual standings after round three
1. Nikki Juniper, Team Giordana Triton, 56pts
2. Jessie Walker, RST Racing Team, 45pts
3. Charline Joiner, Team WNT, 39pts