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Stockton Velo29-Altura Festival of Cycling Grand Prix 2017 | HSBC-UK Grand Prix Series

First lap & 11 riders break free… George Wood (Richardson-Trek) Alex Paton (Madison Genesis) Stockton Velo29-Altura Festival of Cycling 2017 | Grand Prix Series
Stockton Velo29-Altura Festival of Cycling Grand Prix 2017 | HSBC-UK Grand Prix Series
Second lap… Kristian House (L) & Jack Pullar (R) Stockton Velo29-Altura Festival of Cycling 2017 | Grand Prix Series

Two out of two ain’t bad for JTL Condor’s Brenton Jones on his first visit to the Velo29-Altura Festival of Cycling in Stockton-on-Tees.

Winning the Stockton Grand Prix, the second round of the HSBC-UK Grand Prix Series was a tough call to make for the spectators at the finish line on the Riverside and a photo call was required to separate the top two placings between Jones and Chris Latham, Team WIGGINS.
Chris Opie, BIKE Channel Canyon, winner of the 2015 edition managed third place a bike length behind after one-hundred-and-seventy-seven kilometres of sizzling racing around the two circuits that form the race.

Sunday bike ride with JLT Condor setting the tempo. Stockton Velo29-Altura Festival of Cycling 2017 Grand Prix Series

The proceedings set off at noon as one-hundred-and-seventy riders took the start.

Back into Carlton… Jones, Frame, Sanz. Stockton Velo29-Altura Festival of Cycling 2017 | Grand Prix Series

The main break of the day quickly formed early into the race with eleven riders breaking clear with representation from most of the big teams.

Brenton Jones in the bunch. Stockton Velo29-Altura Festival of Cycling 2017 | Grand Prix Series

Making the break that went out to almost four minutes at one point were Alex Paton (Madison Genesis), Alister Slater JTL Condor), George Harper & Sam Williams (ONE Pro Cycling), Rhys Howells (Team WIGGINS), Callum Ferguson (Catford Banks/Equipe) , Rory Townsend (BIKE Channel Canyon), Lawrence Carpenter, Chris Dredge (Spirit Tofosi), Alex Orrell-Turner (Wheelbase-Altura), George Wood (Richardson-Trek RT) and miles went by the time eventually came down by the close of the out-of-town village circuit and they began their return.

Leading group through Whitton. Stockton Velo29-Altura Festival of Cycling 2017 | Grand Prix Series

JLT Condor had set the tempo with their sprinter Jones safely in the fold as several attempts by WIGGINS Rhys Howells, ONE Pro Cyclings Sam Williams and NRG Driveplan’s Dan Bingham all trying solo efforts to avoid the bunch sprint that normally takes place, and this year’s finish was no different, making us all wait for the official confirmation in a thrilling climax to the weekends Festival of Cycling in Stockton-on-Tees.

Finish Line, Stockton Velo29-Altura Festival of Cycling 2017 | Grand Prix Series

Rory Townsend, BIKE Channel Canyon won the points competition

George Wood, Richardson-Trek RT won the best U23 competition

Harry Tanfield, BIKE Channel Canyon took the best local ride prize finishing sixteenth.

Peloton through Whitton. Stockton Velo29-Altura Festival of Cycling 2017 | Grand Prix Series
Podium (L-R Chris Latham, Brenton Jones, Chris Opie)Stockton Velo29-Altura Festival of Cycling 2017 | Grand Prix Series
Race Results

1 41 Brenton Jones JLT Condor 3:56:54
2 122 Christopher Latham Team Wiggins st
3 13 Chris Opie BIKE Channel Canyon st
4 51 Jonathan McEvoy Madison Genesis st
5 28 Will Fox Catford CC Equipe/Banks st
6 39 Alex Frame JLT Condor st
7 77 Joshua Hunt One Pro Cycling st
8 37 Graham Briggs JLT Condor st
9 60 Tom Mazzone Metaltek Kuota Racing Team st
10 99 George Wood (u23) Richardsons-Trek RT st
11 78 Steele Von Hoff One Pro Cycling st
12 62 George Pym Metaltek Kuota Racing Team st
13 4 Reece Wood (u23) 100% ME st
14 43 Thomas Moses JLT Condor st
15 130 David Lines Wheelbase Altura MGD st
16 16 Harry Tanfield BIKE Channel Canyon st
17 87 Fraser Martin (u23) Raleigh GAC st
18 131 Jordan Doig (u23) Wheelbase Altura MGD st
19 35 Jake Tanner Cycling Sheffield Giant Sheffie st
20 95 Oliver Maxwell (u23) Richardsons-Trek RT st
21 128 Dillon Byrne VCUK VELOCHAMPION Racing Team st
22 23 Jacob Tipper Brother NRG st
23 79 Peter Williams One Pro Cycling st
24 26 Lloyd Chapman Catford CC Equipe/Banks st
25 123 Robert Scott (u23) Team Wiggins st
26 96 Jez McCann (u23) Richardsons-Trek RT st
27 57 Liam Holohan Metaltek Kuota Racing Team st
28 124 Andrew Tennant Team Wiggins st
29 84 Enrique Sanz Raleigh GAC st
30 11 Sam Lowe BIKE Channel Canyon st

Leading 11 rider group. Stockton Velo29-Altura Festival of Cycling 2017 | Grand Prix Series
Individual Standings after Round 2

1 Jonathan McEvoy Madison Genesis 65
2 Ian Bibby JLT Condor 51
3 Thomas Stewart One Pro Cycling 50
3 Thomas Moses JLT Condor 50
4 Dexter Gardias BIKE Channel Canyon 48
5 Karol Domgalski One Pro Cycling 46
6 Andrew Tennant Team Wiggins 34
7 Brenton Jones JLT Condor 30
8 Chris Latham Team Wiggins 28
9 Matt Holmes Madison Genesis 27
10 Chris Opie Bike Channel 26

The next round of the Grand Prix Series takes place on Sunday 6th August. Round 3, Ryedale GP.

Readying for a bunch sprint! Stockton Velo29-Altura Festival of Cycling 2017 | Grand Prix Series
Sam Williams, On the march… Stockton Velo29-Altura Festival of Cycling 2017 | Grand Prix Series
Stockton Velo29-Altura Festival of Cycling 2017 | Grand Prix Series
JLT Condor on the Princess Diana Bridge. Stockton Velo29-Altura Festival of Cycling 2017 | Grand Prix Series
Long shot for Dan Bigham, NRG Driveplan. Stockton Velo29-Altura Festival of Cycling 2017 | Grand Prix Series
JLT Condor Train of the Riverside Circuit. Stockton Velo29-Altura Festival of Cycling 2017 | Grand Prix Series
Bell Lap. Stockton Velo29-Altura Festival of Cycling 2017 | Grand Prix Series
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