Wilkinson takes win for Halfords at Tour Series round four

Team tactics come into play in Peterborough

It was the boys in orange from Team Halfords Bikehut who took control at round four of the Tour Series and helped team member Ian Wilkinson take the win.

The triangular Peterborough circuit was always going to be a fast affair – and less technical than the tight Woking track – giving the riders the opportunity to stretch their legs.

However, some narrowing and kinks through the start/finish area served up a night’s racing that was equal to any of the previous three rounds.

The ‘big four’ of Candi TV-Marshalls Pasta, Halfords Bikehut, Madison.co.uk and Rapha-Condor meant business as soon as the flag dropped, with Russ Downing, Ed Clancy and Kristian House touching 40mph as they gained a small lead on the field after 25 minutes of racing.

The escapees were joined by another four riders, including rounds two and three winner Dean Downing, and by the time the final sprint of the night had come and gone the race was back together. 

At this point Halfords Bikehut took matters in their own hands, and with six laps to go there was an orange train of all five riders at the head of affairs as the sizeable Peterborough crowd banged the boards along the start/finish straight.

With four laps to go, Madison.co.uk fired Jerone Janssen to the front, and three laps later Candi TV’s Russell Downing took team-mate Malcolm Elliot with him, as they had the team goal in mind.

In a frantic run-in to the narrow finish Downing edged his way forward, but it was Halfords' ‘superman’ Ian Wilkinson who wheelied across the line to the win. Olympic champion Ed Clancy followed his team-mate home in second, with Russell Downing third.

In what was a great execution of team tactics, Halfords and CandiTV were head and shoulders above the rest as they filled the first six positions. It means that, after four races of the 10-round series, Candi TV-Marshalls TV have taken the overall team leaders’ jerseys, with Madison.co.uk moving up to second and Rapha-Condor in third. 

Results

Individual results (round 4)
1 Ian Wilkinson (Team Halfords Bikehut)
2 Russell Downing (Candi TV–Marshalls Pasta)
3 Ed Clancy (Team Halfords Bikehut)
4 Graham Briggs (Candi TV–Marshalls Pasta)
5 Malcolm Elliot (Candi TV–Marshalls Pasta)
6 Rob Hayles (Team Halfords Bikehut)
7 Tony Gibb (Madison.co.uk)
8 Dean Downing (Rapha–Condor)
9 Stephen Adams (Madison.co.uk)
10 Jeroen Janssen (Madison.co.uk)
Team results (round 4)
1 Candi TV–Marshalls Pasta
2 Madison.co.uk
3 Rapha-Condor
4 Team Halfords Bikehut
5 Sigma Sport Cycling Team
6 Sports Beans–Wilier
7 Team Corley Cycles
8 BMC UK Racing Team
9 www.cyclingbargains.com
10 Endura Racing
Overall team standings
1 Team Halfords Bikehut
2 Candi TV–Marshalls Pasta
3 Madison.co.uk
4 Rapha–Condor
5 Sigma Sport Cycling Team
6 Endura Racing
7 www.cyclingbargains.com
8 Team Corley Cycles
9 Sports Beans–Wilier
10 BMC UK Racing Team

For full results, see the Tour Series website, www.tourseries.co.uk.

Tour Series dates

  • Round five: 9 June, Blackpool
  • Round six: 11 June, Southport
  • Round seven: 16 June, Stoke-on-Trent
  • Round eight: 18 June, Colchester
  • Round nine: 23 June, Chester
  • Round 10: 25 June, Southend-on-Sea

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