UK Youth extend Tour Series advantage in Aberystwyth

UK Youth made it back-to-back victories in the Pearl Izumi Tour Series in Aberystwyth last night to open a two-point gap over Raleigh in the overall standings.

The Welsh seaside town was where the fledgling team picked up their first ever round victory in 2012, and they placed four riders in the top 10 to cap a successful week following Tuesday’s win in Stoke-on-Trent.

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Ed Clancy (Rapha-Condor-JLT) sprinted to the individual victory – the third year running a rider from John Herety’s team has triumphed in Aberystwyth – on a circuit modified by organisers to ensure heavy winds could not wreak havoc on the action.

Clancy won from a four-man group which broke away early on, and almost lapped the field before the finish.

Chris Opie (UK Youth) came second here for the third year running, Alex Blain (Raleigh) placed third with Clancy’s fellow GB team pursuiter Andy Tennant (Madison Genesis) taking fifth.

Top-10 finishes from Jon Mould (seventh) and Niklas Gustavsson (eighth) gave UK Youth the team win, just ahead of Madison Genesis, who continue to impress on their Tour Series debut.

Metaltek-Knights of Old finished fifth to continue their strong start to the 2013 event, while Spin Rotor-Primal C-Originals placed ninth after three rounds of proping up the ranking.

Torquay hosts round five on the series on Tuesday (May 28).

Pearl Izumi Tour Series 2013 round four: Aberystwyth
1. UK Youth 10pts

2. Madison Genesis 9pts
3. Raleigh 8pts
4. Rapha-Condor-JLT 7pts
5. Metaltek-Knights of Old 6pts
6. IG-Sigma Sport 5pts
7. Node4-Giordana 4pts
8. MG-Maxifuel 3pts
9. Spin Rotor-Primal C-Originals 2pts
10. Hope Factory Racing 1pt

Individual result
1. Ed Clancy (Rapha-Condor-JLT)

2. Chris Opie (UK Youth)
3. Alex Blain (Raleigh)
4. Andy Tennant (Madison Genesis)
5. Kristian House (Rapha-Condor-JLT)
6. Dean Downing (Madison Genesis)
7. Jon Mould (UK Youth)
8. Niklas Gustavsson (UK Youth)
9. Tobyn Horton (UK Youth)
10. Liam Holohan (Madison Genesis)

Pearl Izumi Tour Series 2013 standings after round four
1. UK Youth 36pts

2. Raleigh 34pts
3. Madison Genesis 33pts
4. Rapha-Condor-JLT 29pts
5. Node4-Giordana 24pts
6. Metaltek-Knights of Old 20pts
7. MG-Maxifuel 13pts
8. IG-Sigma Sport 13pts
9. Hope Factory Racing 12pts
10. Spin Rotor-Primal-C-Originals 5pts

IG Sprint Competition
1. Alex Blain (Raleigh)

Costa Express Fastest Lap Competition
1. Ed Clancy (Rapha-Condor-JLT)

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