One Pro Cycling began their maiden Tour Series campaign with two victories in the space of five hours in Ryde on Thursday.
Their five-man squad of Chris Opie, Yanto Barker, George Harper, Jon Mould and Marcin Bialoblocki stormed to victory in the curtain-raising team time trial around the Isle of Wight town yesterday afternoon, before being the only team to place all five in the peloton during the evening’s criterium, the individual win in which went to Madison-Genesis‘s Tom Scully.
The crit was the first test of the series’s new format, in which the cumulative times of each team’s five riders are used to declare the winners – the squad with the lowest takes the victory.
However, despite Madison’s combative display throughout, Mark McNally losing touch with the front group midway through the race put paid to their chances of success. NFTO‘s Steele von Hoff, the reigning Australian circuit race champion, suffered two mechanicals, thus hindering his team’s evening.
Round two of the series takes place in Redditch next Tuesday, with the opening round of the women’s Matrix GP Series proceeding the men’s event.
Pearl Izumi Tour Series 2015, round 1a: Ryde Team Time Trial
1. One Pro Cycling 3-44.504
2. Madison-Genesis 3-48.576
3. Pedal Heaven 3-52.463
4. Raleigh-GAC 3-53.504
5. NFTO 3-56.419
Round 1b: Ryde criterium
1. One Pro Cycling
2. Madison Genesis
4. Team Raleigh-GAC
Round 1b individual result
1.Tom Scully (Nzl) Madison-Genesis
2. Ian Bibby (GBr) NFTO
3. Johnny McEvoy (GBr) NFTO
4. Chris Opie (GBr) One Pro Cycling
5. Chris Lawless (GBr) Team Wiggins
Overall standings after opening rounds
1. One Pro Cycling 20pts
2. Madison-Genesis 18pts
3. NFTO 14pts
4. Raleigh-GAC 14pts
5. Pedal Heaven 12pts