British Cycling - Road Tour Series

Tour Series 2017 – Durham

Tour Series 2017, Round 9 Durham – Tom Pidcock, GBR, PH Mas – Paul Milnes – Oldfield
Current Junior World Cyclo-Cross Champion, Seventeen-year-old Tom Pidcock solos to victory in the penultimate round of the 2017 Tour Series in Durham.

Winner of the Junior Paris-Roubaix earlier this year Pidcock [PH Mas Paul Milnes Oldfield] had time for a bike change before the final couple of laps with Conor Swift [Madison Genesis] and Alister Slater [JLT Condor] chasing him down.

Tom Pidcock with five laps in Durham remaining.

The pair had survived crashes on the slippery wet surface with mechanicals and punctures all over the place.

They were part of a twenty or so group of riders that settled into the lead group after fifteen minutes of racing had unfolded.

Sighting lap as the Tour Series Durham gets underway!

Around the midway point, Pidcock took off and no-one could follow his move. Pidcock stretched his lead to almost half-a-lap passing many riders one-by-one.

Early race action on the Crossgate cobbles in Durham

The final chase for the win came with around fifteen minutes remaining as the group blew apart leaving Swift and Slater working hard together, getting to with-in ten seconds in the closing stages of the race.

Care is required when descending the cobbles down Crossgate [Ed Clancy (R)]
Pidcock had plenty of time to celebrate his impressive victory in Durham in only his second ride in this Tour Series.

Leading group picking off riders one-by-one on the South Street cobbles!

Eyes were then on Madison Genesis and JTL Condor as they battled through grimy conditions for the team competition with riders all over the place. Both Madison and JLT were well represented in the front group all evening so there was await to find out in which order they would cross the line.

Applause for Tom Pidcock from 2nd place Conor Swift, Madison Genesis in Durham

Swift crossed the line in second place but JLT’s Slater, Lampier and Briggs were next to follow, giving them the team win on the night.

All important 4th & 5th for JLT Condor with Steve Lampier & Graham Briggs in Durham

JLT extend their lead to three points going into the final round in Stevenage on Bank Holiday Monday 29th May.

Rory Townsend [BIKE-Channel Canyon] set the Brother fastest lap of 2:15.407

Wheelbase Altura MGD finished off as the Northern Guest Team competition winners.

Individual Race Result

1, Tom Pidcock, GBR, PH Mas – Paul Milnes – Oldfield, 29-laps, 1:11:56.881
2, Connor Swift, GBR, Madison Genesis, + 5.959
3, Ali Slater, GBR, JLT Condor, + 10.325
4, Steve Lampier, GBR, JLT Condor, + 1:18.673
5, Graham Briggs, GBR, JLT Condor, + 1:18.910
6, Johnny McEvoy, GBR, Madison Genesis, + 1:19.653
7, Richard Handley, GBR, Madison Genesis, + 1:22.204
8, Liam Holohan, GBR, Metaltek Kuota, + 1:24.807
9, Kristian House, GBR, ONE Pro Cycling, + 1:27.562
10, Ed Clancy, GBR, JLT Condor, + 1:28.852
11, Dylan Hughes, GBR, Scotland, + 1.55.621
12, All plus 1 lap

Round 9 Team Winners in Durham, JLT Condor
Team Standings, post-Round Nine

1, JLT Condor, 92pts
2, Madison Genesis, 89pts
3, BIKE Channel Canyon, 76pts
4, ONE Pro Cycling, 74pts
5, Team Raleigh GAC, 66pts
6, Metaltek Kuota, 50pts
7, Morvelo Basso, 43pts

Wiggle Points Standings, post-Round Nine

1, Sebastian Mora, ESP, Team Raleigh GAC, 84pts
2, Brenton Jones, AUS, JLT Condor, 42pts
3, James Lowsley-Williams, GBR, BIKE Channel Canyon, 40pts

Brother Fastest Lap

Rory Townsend, GBR, BIKE Channel Canyon, 2:15.407

Tom Pidcock [PH Mas Paul Milnes Oldfield] in the final few laps in the Durham Tour Series
The most popular viewing point in Durham! Crash corner turning right onto South Street.
Final refreshments for Matt Holmes as the Durham Tour Series draws to a close
Tour Series 2017, Round 9 Durham, Briggs leading the chase up South Street for JLT Condor
A minutes advantage for Tom Pidcock on the cobbles in Durham
Congratulations for Tom Pidcock in the Tour Series, Durham