JLT Condor extend their lead at the top of the overall Tour Series standings after round seven in Stoke-on-Trent on Thursday evening
- Claire Rose wins Matrix Fitness Grand Prix round three
- Photos by Andy Jones

Chris Lawless (JLT Condor) won round seven of the 2016 Tour Series in Stoke-on-Trent on Thursday evening, helping to extend his team’s lead at the top of the overall standings.

Lawless won ahead of Rory Townsend (Pedal Heaven) in second, with JLT Condor team-mate Ali Slater in third.

It’s Lawless’s second win in the competition after he took the opening round on the Isle of Man.

JLT Condor’s riders edged further ahead in the standings as they collectively finished just one second ahead of Pedal Heaven. JLT Condor now lead Madison-Genesis by eight points with three rounds to go.

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Claire Rose (Podium Ambition) took the individual win in round three of the Matrix Fitness Grand Prix earlier in the evening. Nikki Juniper (Ford Ecoboost) came home for second, with Alice Barnes (Drops Cycling Team) in third.

Although the Podium Ambition squad claimed the team win on the night, Drops Cycling are still leading the overall standings with three rounds remaining.

The next round of the Tour Series and Matrix Fitness Grand Prix will take place in Stevenage on Monday, June 6.

Mike Northey was honoured with a special presentation made by Tour Series organiser Mick Bennett. Northey would have worn the number one this season racing for Madison-Genesis, but retired from racing due to heart damage caused by a viral infection. He now works as assistant team manager with Madison-Genesis.

Pearl Izumi Tour Series standings after round seven

1. JLT Condor, 75 points
2. Madison Genesis, 67 points
3. Team Raleigh GAC, 63 points
4. Pedal Heaven, 62 points
5. NFTO, 52 points
6. Team Wiggins, 0 points

Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series standing after round three

1. Drops Cycling, 268 points
2. Podium Ambition, 255 points
3. Team Breeze, 230 points
4. Team Ford EcoBoost, 214 points
5. Team WNT, 185 points

Mike Northey presentation, Tour Series 2016, Stoke-on-Trent

Mike Northey presentation, Tour Series 2016, Stoke-on-Trent

Rory Townsend leads the break, Tour Series 2016, Stoke-on-Trent

Rory Townsend leads the break

Jon Mould chases, Tour Series 2016, Stoke-on-Trent

Jon Mould chases

Felix English, Tour Series 2016, Stoke-on-Trent

Felix English


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Chris Lawless wins, Tour Series 2016, Stoke-on-Trent

Chris Lawless wins

JLT Condor overall leaders, Tour Series 2016, Stoke-on-Trent

JLT Condor overall leaders, Tour Series 2016, Stoke-on-Trent

Clare Rose leads the break, Matrix Fitness Grand Prix 2016, Stoke-on-Trent

Claire Rose leads the break, Matrix Fitness Grand Prix 2016, Stoke-on-Trent

Clare Rose wins, Tour Series 2016, Stoke-on-Trent

Claire Rose wins

Nicola Juniper places second, Matrix Fitness Grand Prix 2016, Stoke-on-Trent

Nicola Juniper places second