The Tour Series Returns – Round 1 – Guisborough Race Report

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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Matt Gibson – Tour Series Round 1 – Interview

Matt Gibson talks to the collected media after winning The Tour Series – Round 1 in Guisborough.

 

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

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World’s Top Teams to star in 2021 Tour of Britain

The world’s top three teams will be among the 18 squads competing in this year’s Tour of Britain, the 17th edition of the UK’s leading bike race.

INEOS Grenadiers, Deceuninck – Quick-Step and Team Jumbo – Visma are among the seven UCI WorldTeams – along with Israel Start-Up Nation, Movistar Team, Team DSM and Team Qhubeka NextHash – who will take part in the eight-day event, which begins in Cornwall on Sunday 5 September. 

They will be joined by four UCI ProTeams, including the Belgian Alpecin – Fenix squad of reigning champion Mathieu van der Poel. 

The 18 teams competing in the 2021 Tour of Britain are:

  • Alpecin – Fenix (Belgium)
  • Caja Rural – Seguros RGA (Spain)
  • Canyon dhb SunGod (Great Britain)
  • Deceuninck – Quick-Step (Belgium)
  • Global 6 Cycling (New Zealand) – first appearance in 2021
  • Great Britain (Great Britain)
  • INEOS Grenadiers (Great Britain)
  • Israel Start-Up Nation (Israel)
  • Movistar Team (Spain)
  • Rally Cycling (USA) – first appearance in 2021
  • Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling (Great Britain) – first appearance in 2021
  • Saint Piran (Great Britain) – first appearance in 2021
  • SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling (Great Britain)
  • Team Arkéa – Samsic (France) – first appearance in 2021
  • Team DSM (Germany)
  • Team Jumbo – Visma (Netherlands)
  • Team Qhubeka NextHash (South Africa)
  • TRINITY Racing (Great Britain) – first appearance in 2021

Ever-present in their home Tour since their inaugural 2010 season, INEOS Grenadiers will return to the race looking to add to their illustrious record of one overall triumph, 17 stage wins and two jersey victories. With eight British riders – including Tour of Britain stage winner Luke Rowe and podium finisher Owain Doull – among their 32-rider squad, home interest is all-but guaranteed in their six-rider line-up for the race.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step are the most successful team in modern Tour history, having claimed 22 stages and two overall victories since the race returned to the calendar in 2004. Their most recent GC victory came with Frenchman and reigning world champion Julian Alaphilippe in 2018. The team have already claimed 40 victories in 2021, meaning their six-rider squad promises to be incredibly strong.

The Dutch Jumbo – Visma team will compete in their 10th Tour of Britain this September, during which time they have won the race twice (through Dutchman Lars Boom, in 2010 and 2017) and taken 10 stage victories. They will be among the favourites for victory in stage three’s Carmarthenshire team time trial having triumphed in the equivalent stage three years ago.

Among the five teams making their Tour of Britain debut in 2021 are the American Rally Cycling outfit, with their distinctive bright orange jerseys, and Team Arkéa – Samsic, for whom former British road race champion Connor Swift and compatriot Dan McLay could be selected to be compete.

The talented Spanish Caja Rural – Seguros team return for their first participation since 2016 while ambitious Kiwi outfit Global 6 Cycling will cap their debut season in the peloton with a ride in Britain’s biggest race.

Further home interest comes in the selection of all five of Britain’s UCI Continental teams: Canyon dhb SunGod, Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling, Saint Piran, SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling and TRINITY Racing. A Great Britain national team, likely to feature emerging talents, will also compete.

Further announcements about the provisional rider list for the Tour of Britain will be announced in the coming weeks.

What a race we have in store for us this September! Once again, we’ve attracted the world’s biggest teams to the Tour of Britain, and I know they’re going to put on a show for the home fans and our worldwide TV audience. Combined with those British domestic teams we’ve invited, who always ride fearlessly and get stuck in, I really cannot wait for the racing to begin now!

Mick Bennett

Race Director, Tour of Britain

2021 Tour of Britain Stages

 

Stage One Sunday 5 September Penzance to Bodmin 180.8km
Stage Two Monday 6 September Sherford to Exeter 184km
Stage Three Tuesday 7 September Carmarthenshire team time trial 18.1km
Stage Four Wednesday 8 September Aberaeron to Great Orme, Llandudno 209.7km
Stage Five Thursday 9 September Alderley Park to Warrington 152km
Stage Six Friday 10 September Carlisle to Gateshead 192.7km
Stage Seven Saturday 11 September Hawick to Edinburgh 194.7km
Stage Eight Sunday 12 September Stonehaven to Aberdeen 173km

 

 

About the 2021 Tour of Britain

Relaunched in 2004 after a five-year absence from the calendar, the Tour of Britain is British Cycling’s premier road cycling event, held annually across eight days in September.

The free-to-watch sporting spectacular features Olympic, world and Tour de France champions, and attracts a roadside audience of over 1.5m spectators. Live coverage of the race is shown daily in the UK on ITV4, in addition to around the world. The Tour of Britain is part of the UCI ProSeries, making it one of the most prestigious sporting events in the sport’s global calendar.

Follow the Tour of Britain on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or via the their official website at tourofbritain.co.uk.

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Mads Pedersen takes the win – Men’s Elite Road Race Championships

Denmark’s Mads Pedersen takes the title after gruelling conditions force the race to be shortened. Pedersen finished ahead of pre-race favourite Italian Matteo Trentin and Swiss Stefan Küng, who took second and third spots respectively.

The race lit up with 234km of the shortened race distance of 261km still to go when a group of 11 riders attacked off the front, including Slovenia’s Primoz Roglic (this year’s winner of the Vuelta), Columbia’s Nairo Quintana and Ecuador’s Richard Carapaz. The group would eventually build up a maximum gap of around 4 minutes 30 seconds before it was eventually reeled in during the first of nine laps on the circuit.

The race saw many abandonments, including one of the pre-race favourites, Philippe Gilbert, who crashed on the first time up the climb up Parliament Street. Remco Evenepoel would stay with him but the combination of wet weather and the crash proved to be too much for the Belgian.

The mood seemed pretty subdued, no doubt dampened by the rain until Lawson Craddock of USA attacked with 67km to go, to be joined by Swiss rider Stefan Kung. The pair would stay away until 46km when Max Pedersen of Denmark joined the duo, which coincided with Craddock’s legs giving up.

Pedersen and Kung worked together in earnest, before being joined by Dutch rider Mike Teunissen and Italian Gianni Moscon. But with 35km to go, Nils Pollitt of Germany attacked and pre-race favourites Matteo Trentin of Italy and Mathieu Van der Poel of the Netherlands took the opportunity to join Pollitt. Trentin and Van der Poel would be the only ones capable of bridging across to the three leaders, working together until the leaders reached the last lap, when Van der Poel would find that the race was one lap too long for his legs and he lost contact with the group.

Moscon would be distanced in the final kilometres, leaving the three riders to fight it out for the finish, with Pedersen reigning supreme in the final few metres.

It was a brutal day but that’s the type of weather I like to race in. When I found myself in that three-man group at the end I would have been happy with any of the medals. Because of that I felt I had nothing to lose and luckily my sprint was enough to get the rainbow jersey. My focus all year had been on this race and this victory is going to change a lot for me; I’m no longer going to be regarded as the underdog.

The crowd was crazy today, especially as there were so many people still around to watch us in weather like that. That was so nice to see and I want to thank them for being on the roadside. This was a really good race and when you win one as hard as this, you feel very proud.

 

Mads Pedersen

New World Road Race Champion, Denmark

 

 

It was six and a half hard hours in the saddle and I just didn’t have it at the end today. I gave it my best shot but it wasn’t enough. The fans were incredible and the atmosphere was building and building with every kilometre. They gave me some massive support and I’m incredibly grateful. It’s been a great Championships and great for cycling here in Yorkshire, and the UK.

Ben Swift

31st Placed Rider, Team GB

The past nine days of action across Yorkshire has once again demonstrated that the UK is a world-class destination for sport and home to knowledgeable and passionate fans who will turn out rain or shine. Via our National Lottery funded event programme, UK Sport is committed to bringing the biggest sporting competitions, like the UCI Road World Championships, to these shores. It isn’t just about the fantastic action, but also the long-term positive social and economic impact which results from holding these major sporting events.

Dame Katherine Grainger

Chair, UK Sport

The 2019 UCI Road World Championships have given the sport a brilliant platform to reach even more people and inspire them to get on their bikes. I’d like to thank Yorkshire 2019, everyone across the county of Yorkshire, and British cycling fans for their contribution to a fantastic event and the warm welcome extended to teams from all over the world.

Julie Harrington

CEO, British Cycling

We had to make some difficult calls regarding the route today because it simply wasn’t suitable to race on some of the roads. We had to think about the safety of the public as well as the athletes because we have a duty of care to them. We’d planned for every eventuality and our team did a fantastic job to change things at such short notice.

It was horrific weather but that didn’t stop the public lining the route. Every village, road and climb was packed so I have to say a massive thank you to the people of Yorkshire for turning out and welcoming the riders today. Congratulations to Mads Pedersen as well, he pulled off a phenomenal win.

It’s been an amazing nine days. Every single race, including our para-cycling event which kicked things off, has been spectacular. It’s taken over three years of planning to reach this point and it’s been a superb team effort. My staff at Yorkshire 2019 have been tremendous, as have our delivery partners, local authorities, emergency service providers, transport providers, utilities providers, volunteers – the list could go on and on. I want to say a massive thank you to them, and to everybody who supported this event.

Andy Hindley

CEO, Yorkshire 2019

It’s been a phenomenal nine days in Yorkshire and the whole county as shone even in spite of some of the weather. We’ve seen some truly amazing racing and crowned some incredible world champions. Every race has had a fantastic climax to it and that’s testimony to our variety of terrain as much as it is to the riders themselves. The people and businesses of Yorkshire have done themselves proud, as have our partners, emergency services, highways teams, and of course, our army of tremendous volunteers. Every rider and visitor has received a typically warm welcome, and I’m so proud of that.

The legacy and long-term benefits of hosting these Championships will be felt for many years to come and Yorkshire has definitely gone global over the last nine days. Thank you again to everyone who’s come and enjoyed themselves, and to all the businesses and residents for their support.

Peter Dodd

Commercial Director, Welcome to Yorkshire

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UCI 2019 Elite Men’s Road Race World Championship – Podium Press Conference

The new rainbow jersey Mads Pedersen of Denmark, Matteo Trentin (silver), and bronze medal Stefan Kung speak to the media about the brutal race in to Harrogate for the UCI 2019 Elite Men’s World Championship Road Race.

Video is split in to two parts below.

Part 1.

 

Part 2.

 

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Van Vleuten solos to victory in the Elite Women’s Road Race

Dutch rider Annemiek Van Vleuten launched a solo attack with 104km remaining of the 149.4km race, with defending champion, Dutch teammate, Anna van der Breggen claiming the silver medal, whilst Australian Amanda Spratt came in third.

The Dutch team were active from the start, with Demi Vollering launching an attack to split the field before Van Vleuten attacked on the Lofthouses climb with just over 104km to go. She quickly gained 27 seconds which then increased to 44 seconds as a selection of eight riders looked to try to bring Van Vleuten back. Van der Breggen, Spratt, Longo Borghini from Italy, GB’s Lizzie Deignan and recently crowned World Time Trial Champion Chloe Dygert were all in the group.

After five kilometres on her own, Van Vleuten had increased her lead to over a minute and it would hover around the 50 seconds mark until the race reached Ripon with around 70km still to go, where it dipped to 43 seconds as Deignan and then Dygert launched attacks to try to bring her back. But with van der Breggen closing every attempt down, it became increasingly obvious that whilst van der Breggen was still in the group, any attempts to bring van Vleuten back would be in vain.

By 50km to go, the impetus had gone out of the chase group and van Vleuten’s lead had extended to over one and a half minutes. Deignan and Longo Borghini attempted to split the group but to no avail with Dygert also trying to split it. It was at this point that Koppenburg from Germany was dropped. Deignan looked totally frustrated as move after move was shut down.

By the time van Vleuten reached Harrogate with 40km to go, the win seemed to be hers for the taking as the gap reached 2 minutes 37 seconds back to the chasers.

Dygert saw her chance as they reached Harrogate, and with 38.8km still to go, she launched an attack that would put paid to Deignan’s medal hopes as she was unable to get back up to the chasers. The group now became four as Dygert continued to press on and distance Deignan.

With the gap around 2 minutes 12 seconds to van Vleuten, Dygert attacked the chasers again and this time van der Breggen was unable to bring it back, with Dygert going clear. Her gap would extend to a maximum of 29 seconds with 18km to go, at which point Spratt attacked and Longo Borghini was distanced.

By 16km to go, it seemed like the distance was starting to affect Dygert (whose longest race before today was 119km) and as she entered Parliament Street and the finish for the penultimate time, Spratt and van der Breggen were closing the gap, and they would then catch Dygert with 12.7km to go.

Dygert’s gutsy ride was not to end with a podium as van der Breggen attacked as the duo caught Dygert and Dygert was left behind by van der Breggen and Spratt. With 4.7km still to go, van der Breggen attacked Spratt and got a gap, which would be sufficient for her to claim second spot.

By now, Van Vleuten’s victory was secured and she powered up the finishing straight to become the World Champion, with van der Breggen 2 minutes 15 seconds behind, and Spratt a further 13 seconds in arrears. Dygert finished a fantastic fourth, 3 minutes 24 seconds behind van Vleuten, Longo Borghini finished in fifth a further 1 minute 21 seconds down, with Marianne Vos leading in the peloton at 5 minutes 20 seconds, which included Deignan and Anna Henderson who finished 22nd.

But the day belonged to Annemiek Van Vleuten, whose incredibly courageous ride has deservedly secured her place in the history books.

That was crazy. I knew the climb was really far from the finish but once I’d attacked my coach told me to keep riding hard and I was lucky I had really good legs. It was definitely not planned but I’d trained so hard for this – put in so many hours on the bike – and I thought ‘if anyone can do this, it’s you’. As I was riding I was thinking ‘maybe I could make history today’, and if it didn’t work out I knew Anna [van der Breggen] was in a great position behind.

It was only towards the end that I dared to believe, and I was being cheered on by so many fans. The crowds in Bradford were huge at the start and I had so much encouragement out on the course as well. British fans are amazing and I want to thank them all for helping make this win so amazing.

Annemiek van Vleuten

Women's Elite World Road Race Champion, Rider - Team Netherlands

Today was absolutely phenomenal and a massive privilege to be able to experience. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to ride a home World Championships and I just want to say thank you to all those people who supported me. It’s a day I’ll never forget and I’m so proud of Yorkshire. Congratulations to Annemiek too, she was in a class of her own today.

Lizzie Deignan

Great Britain rider

 

 

 

As Annemiek went on the attack people were telling me ‘you can’t win from that far out’, but she proved them all wrong with an outstanding performance. It was an amazing effort to stay out in front for as long as she did with no help whatsoever, and it’s just a shame Lizzie wasn’t able to go with her when she made her race-winning move.

We’ve got another Yorkshire star in the form of Ben Swift riding tomorrow, and he’ll definitely be in with a shout of the rainbow jersey. Of course, he’ll be going up against the very best in the business, and I’m very excited to see who’ll come out on top.

Andy Hindley

CEO, Yorkshire 2019

We were treated to another amazing start in Bradford and the land art on the route today was truly world class. Yorkshire’s known for its creativity, as well as its passion and pride, and all those things were in evidence today. It was so nice to see Lizzie on the front of the peloton as she rode through her home town of Otley as well, with her family on the roadside to see her. Congratulations to Annemiek as well for that amazing performance, and all eye turn to the Elite Men’s Road Race now which is sure to be a cracker.

Peter Dodd

Commercial Director, Welcome to Yorkshire

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Anna Mgrath

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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. She has a passion for track and road cycling.

Over the years Anna has supported grass roots cycling events, riders and teams, all the way up to reporting from the top cycle races on the world calendar including; the Tour de France, Olympics, World Cups & World Championships.

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Writer - Chair of Road Work Group British North West Region & Team Manager Racing Chance Foundation

Fred has been with CyclingShorts.cc for 5 years attending and reporting on major cycling events; Tour de France, Tour de Yorkshire, World Track Championships, World Road Race Championships to name a few.

Active member of the Northern Cycling community since the 1980's. Team manager for the Racing Chance Foundation, a cycling charity to help women gain experience in cycle racing and progress their cycling careers.

Fred is Chair of Road Work Group for British North West Region.

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.

Chris is a member of the SJA.
Website: www.ChrisMaher.co.uk

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