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Katarzyna Niewiadoma wins the OVO Energy Women’s Tour 2017

The OVO Energy Women’s Tour concludes in central London on Sunday 11 June, with a 10-lap circuit race starting and finishing on Regent Street St James.  The 62-kilometre leg gets underway at 15:30 and is preceded by the Pink Ribbon Tour, a 25-kilometre ride for 800-women to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the pink ribbon, in aid of Breast Cancer Care, the Official Charity Partner of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour.
Jolien D’hoore sprinted to victory on the streets of London as Katarzyna Niewiadoma held onto the OVO Energy Green Jersey to claim the overall victory in the OVO Energy Women’s Tour as it finished at the heart of the capital.

The Polish National Champion won the opening stage in Northamptonshire, and has held the race lead ever since, finishing ahead of Luxembourg champion Christine Majerus and British Champion Hannah Barnes, who moved up to third overall thanks to bonus seconds on the final day.

I’m super happy. I think that’s the only word that can describe my feelings.

At our first team meeting we said that we wanted to have a good race and that we wanted to fight for a good result. We knew that the first day was good for a bunch sprint; our strong bullet for it was Marianne[Vos]. All of us had opportunities; we could do whatever we wanted if felt we could. In that moment when I attacked I saw a small hill in front of me. I tried, nobody followed – I wanted somebody to join me – but I had no choice but to keep pushing!

Katarzyna Niewadoma

Winner - OVO Energy Women's Tour 2017, WM3 Pro Cycling

In addition to her overall victory Niewiadoma also moved into the lead of the UCI Women’s WorldTour following the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, overtaking erstwhile leader Olympic Champion Anna van der Breggen.

Runner-up Christine Majerus took added the Eisberg Sprints Jersey to the Wiggle Points Jersey, clinching the former after her and three Boels Dolmans team took the race by storm in London, forcing an eight-rider group clear that contested both intermediate Eisberg Sprints, handing Majerus the jersey and Barnes third overall.

That also gave Hannah the Adnams Best British Rider Jersey, at the end of a week long battle with her younger sister Alice, and coming 18-months on from a prolonged injury lay-off with a broken leg.

It’s been a really hard week. Unfortunately we lost Ale [Alena Amialiusik] to a really bad crash on Stage Three so we only had five riders and yesterday’s stage was really hard, but it came back together, which helped us. I knew I pretty much had to win both intermediate sprints and place well in the sprint to finish on the podium today and I managed to do that.

I’ve been working really hard and this was one of the big targets of the year for me. I’m pleased I came into it strongly. The first day I didn’t feel great, it felt like it was going to be a really bad five days. But it helps that I can ride into a stage race and I think my training going into the race has paid off.

Hannah Barnes

Wiiner Best British Rider - OVO Women's Tour 2017

With an eye on the finish, Wiggle HIGH5 worked to bring the group back, reuniting the field with three laps to go and setting up a thrilling finish on Regent Street St James, with D’hoore heading home Barnes and Majerus.

Every time it’s a bunch sprint there’s pressure on me. I had to deal with it; I think I can handle the expectation pretty well. We also had Giorgia Bronzini there for us; at the end of the stage she said the team were going for me. It’s great to win.

The hammer went down from the start. We weren’t there in the move as a team so we had to chase it down. The girls did a lot of work, everybody was on their limit. Luckily we closed it down and it was up to me in the sprint.

Jolien D'hoore

Audrey Cordon-Ragot won the SKODA Queen of the Mountains climb while Team Sunweb took the Team Classification, with their rider Lucinda Brand claiming the week’s combativity prize.

Earlier in the day the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan had joined Breast Cancer Care ambassador Denise Lewis to wave away the Pink Ribbon Tour, which saw over 800-women riding 25-kilometres to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Breast Cancer Care’s pink ribbon.

Interview – Katarzyna Niewiadoma – Winner of the 2017 Women’s Tour by Cycling Shorts

Katarzyna Niewiadoma of WM3 Pro Cycling – winner of the 2017 OVO Energy Women’s Tour 2017 chats to the assembled media. Image ©www.chrismaher.co.uk | www.cyclingshorts.cc

Interview – Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, the U23 Women’s World Tour Leader by Cycling Shorts

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig of Cervelo Bigla the UCI U23’s Women’s World Tour Leader chats to the press after the final stage of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour 2017. Image ©www.chrismaher.co.uk | www.cyclingshorts.cc

Highlights of the final stage of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour in London are on ITV4 at 23:00 on Sunday 11 June, with a repeat the following morning on the same channel.  The highlights will also be available on demand via the ITV Hub catch-up service.

One week after the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, amateur cyclists will have the chance to ride sections of the Northamptonshire route in the Tour Ride, the official sportive of the race on Sunday 18 June.  Riders can take part in 40 or 80-mile routes, starting and finishing at Delapre Abbey in Northamptonshire, or tackle a fun, 10-mile Family Ride.  For more details visit www.tourride.co.uk

Stage 5 Results

Final Results OVO Energy Women's Tour 2017

Chris Maher

Chris Maher

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Based in the North East of England; photographer Chris Maher specialises in sports photography with his main interests in Cycling and Super Bikes. Chris has covered sports events from local and national level right up to the Olympics for CyclingShorts.cc.
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Anna Magrath

Anna Magrath

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Anna Magrath founded CyclingShorts.cc in 2008 and invited some of her cycling friends; coaches, photographers, writers and pro cyclists of different disciplines to join her, bringing you all things cycling related.

Over the years Anna has supported grass roots cycling events, riders and teams. Anna has a particular interest in Track, Road, womens cycling, recreational cycling and cycling related art. She has reported from the top cycle races on the world calendar including the Tour de France, Olympics, World Cups & World Championships.

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JLT Condor take the 2017 Tour Series Title

JLT Condor and Drops were the winners as the 2017 Tour Series reached a conclusion in Stevenage, rounding out a packed Bank Holiday Monday in the Hertfordshire town that had seen cycling activities taking place around the Old Town circuit for almost 12-hours.

Connor Swift of Madison Genesis repeated his solo win from Bath in the evening’s men’s race, snatching an advantage with a handful of laps remaining to cross the line along and help his squad to the team victory on the night.  That trimmed JLT Condor’s final advantage to just two-points, but more than enough to secure the team their fourth Tour Series title, and make them the first team to defend their title since the inception of the Series in 2009.

It’s been a tough three weeks and really tough week this week but I’ve managed to get an individual win and we’ve taken many team wins and that’s the most important thing in this Series so we’re really happy. We’ve gelled well as a team and bringing the new members in who’ve done really well, it’s been great.

Graham Briggs

a member of the team for all four victories, JLT Condor

It’s been fantastic! I heard a lot about The Tour Series coming into the team and to have finished the Series as overall winners and take a couple of round wins as well was a bonus! I’ve had an amazing time here and I’d definitely recommend the racing to many Australians back home and I’d love to come back and do it in the future.

Brenton Jones

winner of two rounds - Stoke-on-Trent and Motherwell, JLT Condor

Sebastian Mora of Team Raleigh GAC confirmed his grip on the Wiggle Points Jersey, taking the competition that he has led since Round One in Redditch, while Spirit Tifosi Racing won the final round guest team competition, against the winning teams from the South, North and Midlands areas.

 

Interview – Jon Mould – Stevenage Tour Series 2017 – Final Race by Cycling Shorts

Interview with Jon Mould post race at the Stevenage round of the Tour Series 2017 Image ©www.chrismaher.co.uk | www.cyclingshorts.cc

 

 

Interview – Connor Swift – Stevenage Winner – Tour Series 2017 – Final Race by Cycling Shorts

Interview with Connor Swift of Madison Genesis, winner of the Stevenage round of the 2017 Tour Series. ©www.chrismaher.co.uk | www.cyclingshorts.cc

 

1, Connor Swift, GBR, Madison Genesis, 50-laps, 1:05:30.801
2, Steele Von Hoff, GBR, ONE Pro Cycling, + 9.0893,
Graham Briggs, GBR, JLT Condor, + 9.379
4, Brenton Jones, AUS, JLT Condor, + 11.093
5, Enrique Sanz, ESP, Team Raleigh GAC, + 11.180
6, Marcus Burnett, GBR, Spirit Racing Tifosi, + 11.529
7, Tobyn Horton, GBR, Madison Genesis, + 11.530
8, Bertie Newey, GBR, Metaltek Kuota, + 12.267
9, James Lowsley-Williams, GBR, BIKE Channel Canyon, + 12.401
10, Alex Paton, GBR, Madison Genesis, + 12.454

Connor Swift, GBR, Madison Genesis, 1:11.974

1, JLT Condor, 101pts
2, Madison Genesis, 99pts
3, BIKE Channel Canyon, 83pts
4, ONE Pro Cycling, 82pts
5, Team Raleigh GAC, 72pts
6, Metaltek Kuota, 55pts
7, Morvelo Basso, 47pts

1, Sebastian Mora, ESP, Team Raleigh GAC, 84pts
2, James Lowsley-Williams, GBR, BIKE Channel Canyon, 54pts
3, Brenton Jones, AUS, JLT Condor, 50pts

Chris Maher

Chris Maher

Photographer & Writer

Based in the North East of England; photographer Chris Maher specialises in sports photography with his main interests in Cycling and Super Bikes. Chris has covered sports events from local and national level right up to the Olympics for CyclingShorts.cc.
Website: www.ChrisMaher.co.uk

Anna Magrath

Anna Magrath

Editor & Writer

Anna Magrath founded CyclingShorts.cc in 2008 and invited some of her cycling friends; coaches, photographers, writers and pro cyclists of different disciplines to join her, bringing you all things cycling related.

Over the years Anna has supported grass roots cycling events, riders and teams. Anna has a particular interest in Track, Road, womens cycling, recreational cycling and cycling related art. She has reported from the top cycle races on the world calendar including the Tour de France, Olympics, World Cups & World Championships.

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JLT Condor move back into Tour Series lead at Wembley Park

All images ©SWPix

JLT Condor moved back into the lead of The Tour Series with a convincing victory at the Wembley Park presented by Jurys Inn round, although they were denied the individual win on the night as ONE Pro Cycling’s Steele Von Hoff powered to victory.

Von Hoff, a previous winner of the Tour Series at Canary Wharf, was a member of a select seven rider group at the front of the race, with the Australian jumping clear to overcome the JLT Condor train, who placed four riders in the top eight.

Meanwhile in the women’s Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series the Drops team extended their lead at the top of the standings as Jess Roberts of the Liv Epic Coaching team took an impressive individual win to leave the teams battle for the top prize in her wake.

Roberts went clear alone with a handful of laps to go, taking a fine solo win outside the London Designer Outlet, as Drops did enough in the chasing group to pull clear of Team Breeze and Team WNT in the battle for the Series title.  The team now have a nine-point lead, the largest so far of their 2017 campaign.

For JLT Condor it is just a one-point lead over Madison Genesis, with The Tour Series looking set to be a two-horse race as it nears the halfway point, with BIKE Channel Canyon seven points further back.

In the sprints competitions Sebastian Mora has a commanding 26-point lead over Rory Townsend in the Wiggle Points Jersey, while on the women’s side Ellie Dickinson is two points ahead of Rebecca Durrell in the fight for the Eisberg Sprints Jersey.

There was further success for ONE Pro Cycling in the curtain raising Brother UK Corporate Grand Prix, as the team’s rider Samuel Williams helped the team from Vittoria Tyres to victory in the corporate Pro-Am relay event.

Womens Results

1, Jess Roberts, GBR, Liv Epic Coaching, 18-laps, 49:09.661
2, Rebecca Durrell, GBR, Drops, + 8.439
3, Emily Nelson, GBR, Team Breeze, + 8.597
4, Alice Barnes, GBR, Drops, + 8.751
5, Lydia Boylan, IRL, Team WNT, + 9.768
6, Manon Lloyd, GBR, Team Breeze, + 10.130
7, Gaby Shaw, GBR, Team WNT, + 11.471
8, Lizzie Banks, GBR, Sunsport Velo, + 12.237
9, Megan Barker, GBR, Team Breeze, + 12.526
10, Annasley Park, GBR, Drops, + 12.821

Alice Barnes, GBR, Drops, 2:34:330

1, Drops, 376pts
2, Team Breeze, 367pts
3, Team WNT, 335pts
4, Storey Racing, 192pts
5, Team OnForm, 184pts

1, Rebecca Durrell, GBR, Drops, 128pts
2, Emily Nelson, GBR, Team Breeze, 126pts
3, Lydia Boylan, IRL, Team WNT, 115pts
4, Manon Lloyd, GBR, Team Breeze, 106pts
5, Megan Barker, GBR, Team Breeze, 104pts

1, Ellie Dickinson, GBR, Team Breeze, 18pts
2, Rebecca Durrell, GBR, Drops, 16pts
3, Alice Barnes, GBR, Drops, 14pts

Men's Results

1, Steele Von Hoff, AUS, ONE Pro Cycling, 29-laps, 1:11.592
2, Enrique Sanz, ESP, Team Raleigh GAC, + 2.784
3, Brenton Jones, AUS, JLT Condor, + 2.848
4, James Lowsley-Williams, GBR, BIKE Channel Canyon, + 4.030
5, Sebastian Mora, ESP, Team Raleigh GAC, + 7.898
6, Graham Briggs, GBR, JLT Condor, + 8.339
7, Ed Clancy, GBR, JLT Condor, + 12.693
8, Jon Mould, GBR, JLT Condor, + 37.775
9, Jack Pullar, GBR, BIKE CHannel Canyon, + 37.836
10, Taylor Gunman, NZL, Madison Genesis, + 38.192

Steele Von Hoff, AUS, ONE Pro Cycling, 2:14.504

1, JLT Condor, 46pts
2, Madison Genesis, 45pts
3, BIKE Channel Canyon, 38pts
4, Team Raleigh GAC, 35pts
5, ONE Pro Cycling, 35pts
6, Metaltek Kuota, 26pts
7, Morvelo Basso, 20pts

1, Sebastian Mora, ESP, Team Raleigh GAC, 45pts
2, Rory Townsend, GBR, BIKE Channel Canyon, 19pts
3, Brenton Jones, AUS, JLT Condor, 18pts

Anna Magrath

Anna Magrath

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Anna Magrath founded CyclingShorts.cc in 2008 and invited some of her cycling friends; coaches, photographers, writers and pro cyclists of different disciplines to join her, bringing you all things cycling related.

Over the years Anna has supported grass roots cycling events, riders and teams. Anna has a particular interest in Track, Road, womens cycling, recreational cycling and cycling related art. She has reported from the top cycle races on the world calendar including the Tour de France, Olympics, World Cups & World Championships.

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Interview – Lincoln GP winner – Alice Barnes

Alice Barnes of Drops Cycling, winner of the 2017 Lincoln GP, chats to CyclingShorts.cc’s Chris Maher about her race.

 

Interview – Alice Barnes – Winner Lincoln GP 2017 by Cycling Shorts

Winner of the 2017 Lincoln GP; Alice Barnes of Drops Cycling chats to CyclingShorts.cc’s Chris Maher about her race. All content ©www.chrismaher.co.uk | CyclingShorts.cc Image by www.chrismaher.co.uk

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Madison Genesis move into Tour Series lead at Northwich

A dominant performance by Madison Genesis on a slick Northwich circuit returned them to the lead of The Tour Series for the first time since they were crowned champions at the end of the 2015 Series.

The Milton Keynes based team had all five riders in the top nine to take their second win in two nights, following victory in Stoke-on-Trent, putting them level on points with JLT Condor and into the lead on countback – the first time in over a year that a team other than JLT Condor have had their name at the top of the standings of the team based Series.

Despite the dominance of their performance though, it was former Movistar Team rider Enrique Sanz who took the individual race win, his first in the Series and the first for Team Raleigh since 2014.  Sanz continued his strong start to his Tour Series career, having taken third and second from the opening events before winning the first ever Northwich race.

With rain sweeping in shortly before the start of the men’s race the circuit was soaked resulting in adverse conditions and a number of spills that split the field, in particular affecting leaders JLT Condor and challengers BIKE Channel Canyon, who both lost riders to the tricky conditions.

Sanz’s teammate Sebastian Mora held onto the Wiggle Points Jersey despite failing to finish as the result of a crash while Sanz also won the Brother Fastest Lap trophy, once again taken on the final lap of the race.

1, Enrique Sanz, ESP, Team Raleigh GAC, 1:10.977
2, Johnny McEvoy, GBR, Madison Genesis, + 0.198
3, Ed Clancy, GBR, JLT Condor, + 0.830
4, Jake Stewart, GBR, Great Britain + 2.677
5, Matt Cronshaw, GBR, Madison Genesis, + 2.905
6, George Harper, GBR, ONE Pro Cycling, + 3.042
7, Tobyn Horton, GBR, Madison Genesis, + 6.414
8, Alex Paton, GBR, Madison Genesis, + 8.305
9, Gruff Lewis, GBR, Madison Genesis, + 9.008
10, Harry Tanfield, GBR, BIKE Channel Canyon, + 9.236

Enrique Sanz, ESP, Team Raleigh GAC, 1:53.192

1, Madison Genesis, 36pts
2, JLT Condor, 36pts
3, BIKE Channel Canyon, 30pts
4, Team Raleigh GAC, 29pts
5, ONE Pro Cycling, 28pts
6, Metaltek Kuota, 21pts
7, Morvelo Basso, 16pts

1, Sebastian Mora, ESP, Team Raleigh GAC, 29pts
2, Tobyn Horton, GBR, Madison Genesis, 16pts
3, Johnny McEvoy, GBR, Madison Genesis, 13pts

Spirit Tifosi Racing

Chris Maher

Chris Maher

Photographer & Writer

Based in the North East of England; photographer Chris Maher specialises in sports photography with his main interests in Cycling and Super Bikes. Chris has covered sports events from local and national level right up to the Olympics for CyclingShorts.cc.
Website: www.ChrisMaher.co.uk

Anna Magrath

Anna Magrath

Editor & Writer

Anna Magrath founded CyclingShorts.cc in 2008 and invited some of her cycling friends; coaches, photographers, writers and pro cyclists of different disciplines to join her, bringing you all things cycling related.

Over the years Anna has supported grass roots cycling events, riders and teams. Anna has a particular interest in Track, Road, womens cycling, recreational cycling and cycling related art. She has reported from the top cycle races on the world calendar including the Tour de France, Olympics, World Cups & World Championships.

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