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OVO Energy Women’s Tour Series 2019 Wrap Up

OVO Energy Tour Series 2019 | Birkenhead Rnd 5 – Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm
The Women’s OVO Energy Tour Series 2019 went to Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm with Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes taking the Men’s Title.

Seven venues hosted this year’s Tour Series starting in Redditch and finishing with a new venue of Brooklands in Surrey. Old favourites were visited once again including the hardest course around the leafy & cobbled circuit in Durham, the longest established venue to-date – back for its tenth edition. Scotland too, hosting two rounds in Motherwell and Aberdeen.

Anna Henderson – Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm won the individual final race of the Series in Brookland, her second this season as she beat Elizabeth Bennett – Velo Performance as the pair broke free to contest the win.

The OVO Energy Green Leaders Jersey’s changed hands several times throughout the Series but it was Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm that claimed the first victory initially with the individual win going to Jess Roberts – Team Breeze – Anna Henderson picking up the Red Eisberg Sprints Jersey for her efforts winning the first sprint ahead of Jo Tindley, Jess Roberts, Becks Durrell & Becky Raybould where she broke free with Roberts eventually crossing the gap with around 15s advantage. Henderson taking the second sprint. The leading duo were caught as they played cat & mouse with Durrell reaching them first. Henderson went with Roberts chasing into the final corner with Durrell right behind. Henderson went wide & Roberts seated firmly powered to the line with Durrell third.

Roberts Said afterwards: “The bunch came & caught us (Henderson & herself). I wasn’t expecting that. Luckily I held on to the end”.

Tour Series 2019 | Motherwell Round 2 – Scotland’s Neah Evans leads
Tour Series 2019 | Motherwell Round 2

The Series headed north to Scotland for the next two rounds, firstly Motherwell then Aberdeen.

Tour Series 2019 | Motherwell Round 2 – Winner, Jess Roberts – Team Breeze

Taking on the might of former winner in Motherwell Katie Archibald (guest rider for Team Scotland) Jess Roberts powered to her second back-to-back victory fighting off another Scottish guest rider Neah Evans finishing second & Elizabeth Bennett – Velo Performance third as the three riders held their-own some half-a-lap ahead for the chasing group. Evens launched her attack out of the last corner but Roberts had the better legs.

Tour Series 2019 | Motherwell Round 2 – Eisberg Sprint Red Jersey Winner, Jess Roberts – Team Breeze

Roberts took the first Eisberg sprint without contest and the chasing group were some 26s down. Katie Archibald launched an attack to bridge across in the latter part of the race but couldn’t close the gap to finish fourth. Raybould also chasing behind Archibald got caught just before the line by team-mate Josie Knight who finished fifth.

After Round 2, Team Breeze moved into the Leaders Green Jerseys and Jess Roberts into the Red Eisberg Sprints Jersey.

Roberts said afterwards: “I’m really pleased and we got that Team Overall – I’m really pleased to be back in that jersey (Team Breeze won last years title)”.

It was Jess Roberts that took individual glory at Round 3 in Aberdeen making it three-in-a-row and holding on to her Red Eisberg Jersey as Team Breeze held their Green Leaders Jerseys.

OVO Energy Tour Series 2019 | Durham Round 4 – Race Winner Anna Henderson

No mechanical issues for Anna Henderson this year that had cost her the glory in Durham last season on the Cobbled Classic Circuit. Roberts once again showed strength saying with Henderson before finally succumbing to the furious pace set by Henderson in her National Circuit Race Jersey at 17s deficit and her determination to win this time around.

OVO Energy Tour Series 2019 | Durham Round 4 – Anna Henderson

A trio of riders broke free with Jo Tindley, Velo Performance in the Red Eisberg Jersey the third rider before losing pace as the duo eventually gained almost a lap on their closest rivals, such the pace. Tindley eventually caught on the final lap by Becks Durrell, Gaby Shaw & Anna Shackley.

OVO Energy Tour Series 2019 | Durham Round 4 – L-R Anna Shackley, Becks Durrell, Rebecca Raybould, Elynor Backsteadt

Roberts mistakenly took the penultimate crash corner badly giving Henderson an advantage up the cobbled climb that couldn’t be closed. Roberts retaining the Red Eisberg Sprint Jersey as the Green Leaders Jersey moved back onto the shoulders of Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm.

Henderson Said afterwards: “I said I’d be back for blood – and I came back with a bit between my teeth – So yes it was a good night”.

OVO Energy Tour Series 2019 | Durham Round 4 – Race leaders Anna Henderson & Jess Roberts locked in a duel.
OVO Energy Tour Series 2019 | Birkenhead Rnd 5 – Race Winner Becks Durrell… Just

A new venue for Round 5 in the Wirral at Birkenhead provided the closest finish so far this season and was too close to call on the line. A group of eight riders rode clear early-on with all the favourites in the mix including Henderson, Roberts, Bennett, Tindley, Durrell, Alice Speake, Velo Performance & Rhona Callander – Team Breeze & Annie Simpson, Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm.

OVO Energy Tour Series 2019 | Birkenhead Rnd 5 – Leading Group including Becks Durrell

Tindley driving the group across the line to take both Eisberg sprint points on the night

Durrell lead the group out of the final corner onto the long straight finish line with Tindley second & Henderson third on the outside line.

It looked like Jo Tindley may have gotten Velo Performances first win only to find that Lincoln Grand Prix winner the weekend before Becks Durrell pipped her to the line in the photo finish as they track lunged together for the victory.

OVO Energy Tour Series 2019 | Birkenhead Rnd 5 – Becks Durrell Driving the Group.

Brother UK retain their Green Leaders Jerseys with Team Breeze followed by Velo Performance as only two rounds remain in this close fought series. Jess Roberts retains the Red Sprints Jersey.

Tindley Said afterwards: “Getting to the line – you know – you’ve done everything you can at that point, thinking you have just done enough. She got it – she deserved that cos she went ever-so-early on that last lap. I was expecting her to go pop! But she just led it out. So I thought right, I’ll try everything to get past her – so yeh”.

OVO Energy Tour Series 2019 | Birkenhead Rnd 5 – Neutral Lap Start

The OVO Energy Tour Series returned to Salisbury for the penultimate round & Becks Durrell Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm took back to back wins almost ensuring their overall victory in 2019.

The challenge came from Team Breeze once again, this time with Rhona Callander narrowly missing out. Roberts retains her Red Eisberg Sprints Jersey to take overall victory in Brooklands in that competition.

The final Round in Brooklands proved fruitful for Henderson winning her second race this season & sealing the overall OVO Energy Tour Series 2019 Title. Bennett her closest threat for Velo Peformance came a close second once more denying them a victory in this years competition but securing third place overall in the main event.

OVO Energy Tour Series 2019 | Birkenhead Rnd 5 – Jadan Weldtite

Jadan – Weltite p/b Vive le Velo, the longest participating Team in the Women’s Tour Series history maintained their fourth place finish overall having performed constantly through the Series. Sophie Lankford constantly finished inside the top ten with support from Sophie Enever & Poppy Thompson Storey Racing moved up to fifth with Team Boompods finishing overall in sixth.

OVO Energy Tour Series 2019 | Birkenhead Rnd 5 – Jadan Weldtite p/b Vive le Velo
Round 1: Redditch Individual Results.

1) Jess Roberts, GBR, Team Breeze, 47:27.368
2) Anna Henderson, GBR, Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm, + 0.089
3) Rebecca Durrell, GBR, Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm, + 0.820
4) Jo Tindley, GBR, VeloPerformance, + 6.636
5) Becky Raybould, GBR, Team Breeze, + 7.380

Round1: Redditch Team Results

1) Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm, 10pts
2) Team Breeze, 9pts
3) VeloPerformance, 8pts
4) Storey Racing, 7pts
5) Jadan Weldtite Vive Le Velo, 6pts

Round2: Motherwell Individual Results.

1) Jess Roberts, GBR, Team Breeze, 45:40.484
2) Neah Evans, GBR, Scotland, + 0.245
3) Elizabeth Bennett, GBR, Campinense Velo Performance, + 1.968
4) Katie Archibald, GBR, Scotland, + 29.440
5) Josie Knight, GBR, Team Breeze, + 33.495

Tour Series 2019 | Motherwell Round 2 – OVO Energy Green Jersey leaders… Team Breeze
Round2: Team Standings

1) Team Breeze, 19pts
2) Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm, 19pts
3) Storey Racing, 13pts
4) Jadan Weldtite Vive Le Velo, 12pts
5) Team Boompods, 9pts

Round3: Aberdeen Individual Results

1) Jess Roberts, GBR, Team Breeze, 45:07.663
2) Katie Archibald, GBR, Scotland, + 19.248
3) Rebecca Durrell, GBR, Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm, + 20.443
4) Jo Tindley, GBR, Campinense Velo Performance, + 20.939
5) Gabriella Shaw, GBR, Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm, + 22.628

Round 3: Team Standings

1) Team Breeze, 29pts
2) Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm, 28pts
3) Campinense Velo Performance, 24pts
4) Jadan Weldtite Vive Le Velo, 19pts
5) Liv AWOL SPOK’D, 16pts

Round 4: Durham Individual Results

1) Anna Henderson, GBR, Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm, 46:48.545
2) Jess Roberts, GBR, Team Breeze, + 17.300
3) Becky Raybould, GBR, Team Breeze, + 1:52.212
4) Rebecca Durrell, GBR, Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm, + 1:56.337
5) Elizabeth Bennett, GBR, Campinense Velo Performance, 1:58.536

OVO Energy Tour Series 2019 | Durham Round 4 – Champagne Celebrations for Brother UK – Tifosi p/s OnForm
Round 4: Team Standings

1) Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm, 38pts
2) Team Breeze, 38pts
3) Campinense Velo Performance, 32pts
4) Jadan Weldtite Vive Le Velo, 26pts
5) Liv AWOL SPOK’D, 20pts

Round 5: Birkenhead Individual Results

1) Rebecca Durrell, GBR, Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm, 43:22.929
2) Jo Tindley, GBR, Campinense Velo Performance, + 0.023
3) Anna Henderson, GBR, Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm, + 0.310
4) Jess Roberts, GBR, Team Breeze, + 0.610
5) Elizabeth Bennett, GBR, Campinense Velo Performance, + 1.568

OVO Energy Tour Series 2019 | Birkenhead Rnd 5 – Champagne Podium for Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm
Round 5: Team Standings

1) Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm, 48pts
2) Team Breeze, 46pts
3) Campinense Velo Performance, 41pts
4) Jadan Weldtite Vive Le Velo, 31pts
5) Team Boompods, 26pts

Round 6: Salisbury Individual Results

1) Rebecca Durrell, GBR, Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm, 45:56.370
2) Rhona Callander, GBR, Team Breeze, + 0.239
3) Jess Roberts, GBR, Team Breeze, + 36.040
4) Gabriella Shaw, GBR, Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm, + 36.659
5) Charmaine Porter, GBR, Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm, + 36.706

Round 6: Team Standings

1) Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm, 58pts
2) Team Breeze, 55pts
3) Campinense Velo Performance, 49pts
4) Jadan Weldtite Vive Le Velo, 38pts
5) Team Boompods, 32pts

Round 7: Brooklands Individual Results

1) Anna Henderson, GBR, Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm, 47:30.608
2) Elizabeth Bennett, GBR, Campinense Velo Performance, + 0.124
3) Rhona Callander, GBR, Team Breeze, + 27.46
4) Jess Roberts, GBR, Team Breeze, + 27.495
5) Charmaine Porter, GBR, Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm, + 1:05.716

Round 7: Final Team Standings.

1) Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm, 67pts
2) Team Breeze, 65pts
3) Campinense Velo Performance, 57pts
4) Jadan Weldtite Vive Le Velo, 42pts
5) Storey Racing, 37pts
6) Team Boompods, 35pts
7) Liv AWOL SPOK’D, 32pts
8) Datalynx Parensis Cycling, 26pts

Tour Series 2019 | Motherwell Round 2, Jenny Holl, Elizabeth Bennett & Abbie Dentus
OVO Energy Tour Series 2019 | Birkenhead Rnd 5 – Rhona Callander…
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OVO Energy Tour Series 2019 | Birkenhead Rnd 5 – Jadan Weldtite Team Presentation
Previous Winners

2018 Team Breeze
2017 Drops
2016 Podium Ambition
2015 Podium Ambition
2014 Podium Ambition
2013 MG Maxifuel
2012 Matrix Fitness – Prendas
2011 Horizon Fitness

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OVO Energy Tour Series 2019 | Durham Round 4 – Roberts following Henderson on the cobbled South Street