Tom Stewart dropped his chain in the penultimate lap as Jon Mould raced to his third consecutive win.
- Photos by Andy Jones
JLT-Condor’s Mould took advantage of Stewart’s misfortune which occured on the penultimate climb of the city’s cobbled ascent of South Street when he had an 11 second – and surely unassailable – advantage.
Mould, a winner in Durham in 2014, pounced to earn his fourth victory in this year’s series and his ninth in the competition’s history – a new record that eclipses his teammate Ed Clancy’s eight. Local rider Harry Tanfield (Pedal Heaven) finished second.
Raleigh-GAC took the team prize on the night with four riders in the chasing bunch, but it is still JLT-Condor at the summit of the overall team classification. Their nearest rivals Madison-Genesis suffered a rare night off and JLT now lead by six points with four rounds to go.
The seventh round takes place in Stoke on Thursday, a venue in which Mould has won before.
“It’s hard to do [winning frequently],” Mould said. “It’s a really good year and I can’t complain about it.
“I have one more [win than] Ed which is good. It’s good for banter but he’s busy with the Olympics this year so I’ll let him off!”