Eluned King (Great Britain Under-23) and Matt Gibson (Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling) powered their teams to victory in the opening round of the Tour Series in Guisborough on Sunday, as the Series made a triumphant return after 806 days away.

King outsprinted Jo Tindley (Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen) and Ellen McDermott (Team Boompods) from a six-rider group in the women’s race before Gibson soloed to victory in the following men’s event with a dominant win by almost a complete lap.

The results put the Great Britain Under-23 track women’s team and Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling into the yellow Freewheel.co.uk leaders’ jerseys heading to Round Two in Sunderland on Tuesday (10 August).

King and teammate Abi Smith were part of a six-rider group that went away early on in the women’s race, building a lead of just under a minute that they held until the end, with King outsprinting Tindley at the Westgate finish line.  The win comes two weeks after King won the overall title at the British Cycling National Circuit Series while Tindley’s consolation was taking the Freewheel.co.uk Sprints jersey while Smith won the opening Brother UK Fastest Lap of 2021.

In the opening men’s race Gibson’s dominant display was helped by an early crash that eliminated his Ribble Weldtite teammate Freddie Scheske and several other riders and split the peloton.  That gave Gibson the opportunity that he seized, forging clear and coming home nearly 90 seconds ahead of the main bunch, led in Joe Holt of the Wales Racing Academy and Leon Mazzone (Crimson Orientation Marketing RT).

The win – Gibson’s third Tour Series victory – helped Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling to their first ever Tour Series team win ahead of Crimson Orientation Marketing RT and the Scottish national team.

 

Highlights of the Guisborough races are on ITV4 at 7pm on Monday 9 August with a repeat at 12.30pm on Tuesday 10 August and available for 30 days via the ITV Hub.

Interview – Matt Gibson Ribble-Weldtite Round 1 – Tour Series 2021 Guisborough by Cycling Shorts

Post race interview with Round One winner of the Tour Series 2021 in Guisborough – Matt Gibson. All content ©www.cyclingshorts.cc / www.chrismaher.co.uk Images by www.chrismaher.co.uk

 

Round 1 Results

Women’s team result

1) Great Britain U23 Track Team, 15pts
2) Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen, 14pts
3) Team Boompods, 13pts
4) CAMS – Basso, 12pts
5) ŠKODA DSI Cycling Academy, 11pts

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Women’s individual result

1) Eluned King, GBR, Great Britain U23 Track Team, 53:11.044
2) Jo Tindley, GBR, Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen, + 0.198
3) Ellen McDermott, GBR, Team Boompods, + 0.225
4) Abi Smith, GBR, Great Britain U23 Track Team, + 05.24
5) Harriet Dodd, GBR, Team LDN – Brother UK, + 0.683

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Brother UK Fastest Lap

Abi Smith, GBR, Great Britain U23, 1:53.971

 

Freewheel.co.uk sprints competition

Jo Tindley, GBR, Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen, 14pts

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Women’s team standings after round one

1) Great Britain U23 Track Team, 15pts
2) Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen, 14pts
3) Team Boompods, 13pts
4) CAMS – Basso, 12pts
5) ŠKODA DSI Cycling Academy, 11pts

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Men’s team result

1) Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling, 13pts
2) Crimson Orientation Marketing, 12pts
3) Scotland, 11pts
4) TEKKERZ, 10pts
5) Wales Racing Academy, 9pts

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Men’s individual result

1) Matt Gibson, GBR, Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling, 1:04:30.420
2) Joe Holt, GBR, Wales Racing Academy, + 1:26.666
3) Leon Mazzone, GBR, Crimson Orientation Marketing, + 1:28.323
4) Issac Mundy, GBR, Richardsons Trek DAS, + 1.28.344
5) Charles Page, GBR, Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling, + 1.28.987

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Brother UK Fastest Lap

Finn Crockett, GBR, Scotland, 1:42.407

 

Freewheel.co.uk sprints competition

Matt Gibson, GBR, Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling, 18pts

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Men’s team standings after round one

1) Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling, 13pts
2) Crimson Orientation Marketing, 12pts
3) Scotland, 11pts
4) TEKKERZ, 10pts
5) Wales Racing Academy, 9pts

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Tour Series - Round 2

Next up for the Tour Series is the first ever Sunderland round on Tuesday 10 August.

Held on a 1.3 kilometre circuit starting and finishing on Burdon Road.

Racing will be fast and aggressive owing to the city’s four-corner circuit based around the stunning Mowbray Park. Starting and finishing in the shadow of the Jack Crawford statue, a memorial to a local sailing hero, the course takes in Burdon Road, Park Road, Toward Road and Borough Road, as well as passing the city’s Museum and Winter Gardens.

TUESDAY 10 AUGUST

Women’s team presentation – 5pm.

Women’s race – 5:30pm to 6:20pm.

Women’s podium ceremony – 6:20pm

Men’s team presentation: 6:35pm

Men’s race – 7pm to 8:15pm.

Men’s podium ceremony – 8:20pm

 

For more information visit: www.tourseries.co.uk

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