To celebrate the 10th edition of the OVO Energy Tour Series in May, the will be asking riders, team managers, cycling experts and even race staff to pick their Dream Team from the hundreds of riders who have competed in Britain’s leading criterium series.

Cornish rider Steve Lampier developed as a stage racer during his career; he finished 17th in the 2013 Tour of Britain after being the first domestic pro across the line on that year’s Haytor hill-top finish stage. Lampier finished 18th overall the following year, while his career also included an extremely credible ninth-placed finish in the British Road Race Championships in 2015 on the gruelling Lincoln GP circuit.

Nonetheless, he rode several Tour Series rounds during his seven years racing for UCI-registered British teams. In 2011, he won the Sprints Jersey, while his versatility saw him place in the top 10 at rounds such as Durham and Woking. Lampier also contributed to JLT Condor’s 2017 series victory.

“Lamps” is now the owner of Saint Piran, described as Cornwall’s most ambitious and exciting sporting project. The team aims to give local riders the opportunity to perform in the biggest events throughout the British Cycling racing season.

Doing my Tour Series Dream Team brought back some great memories and many forgotten heroes,” he said. So, here it is…

TOBYN HORTON Madison Genesis; formerly of Motorpoint-Marshalls Pasta, Team Raleigh-GAC, Team UK Youth

“The most underrated sprinter in the UK! When the stars align he can win – let’s not forget that Tobyn took the individual victory at the Canary Wharf Tour Series then the London Nocturne two days later in 2014. When we were team-mates back in 2008 in Belgium our sports director used to pull his hair out, saying ‘ah, Tobyn, you’re always playing with your feet’, as he would win a race, then get allergies, a bad back or something; he would recover, win again and then repeat that cycle. For the Tour Series, he is fast, and tactically and technically really good. He can win in sprint or solo following a big attack, and is good at mopping up placings. He ticks so many boxes.”

JON MOULD JLT Condor; formerly of Team UK Youth, NFTO Pro Cycling, ONE Pro Cycling

“The most successful rider ever in Tour Series history, so I can’t not select him really! I’ve seen him lap the field twice as well as win group sprints. He has an innate feel for a race with barriers; he’s very tactically aware and he knows how to dose his energies. He will not waste anything in fruitless moves – if he is going for it then that’s the winning ticket! I would love to see him transfer more of that on to the road.”

CHRIS OPIE Canyon Eisberg; formerly of Pendragon Le Col Colnago, Team UK Youth, Rapha Condor JLT, ONE Pro Cycling

“Chris is fast – he has that pure speed – and possesses technical skills to match. Winning rounds is one thing (and Opie has won in Canary Wharf and Aylsham in 2013; and Redditch last year) but it’s his ability to constantly place highly in a bunch sprint that took positions away from rival teams under the old Tour Series format, and now lowers your team’s individual time under the new regulations, that makes him an easy choice for me. He’s been part of winning teams with UK Youth (2013) and Rapha Condor JLT (2014) so he knows the highs, but Chris has also experienced the lows with One Pro’s narrow defeat in 2015 to Madison.”

Picture: Chris Opie takes the individual victory for Bike Channel-Canyon in Redditch, May 2017

MATT GIBSON JLT Condor; formerly of the British Cycling Olympic Academy Programme

“A talent. He won the Peterborough round in 2014 when he was 17 (albeit others in the break with him were thinking of the team victory), but he was clever enough to spot that opportunity. Affected by a few years of illness since, he has now recovered and is what you need for the Tour Series: he’s fast, technically great, tactically smart, and strong for one hour plus five laps. In my opinion, he’s one to watch for the future, 100%.”

CONNOR SWIFT Madison Genesis

“Another young talent, Connor burst on the scene last year with two individual victories in Bath and Stevenage. He’s only 22, so of course he’s still learning, but I think he will go a long way. He is not afraid to have go, so team managers know that they can send him up the road. It’s the old Tour Series tactic – let him go clear trying to get the win and let your sprinters behind fight for the other placings behind.”

Picture: Connor Swift solos to win in Stevenage, Tour Series 2017

TEAM MANAGER IAN WILKINSON Retired; formerly of Halfords BikeHut, Endura Racing, Team UK Youth, Team Raleigh, Pedal Heaven

“This is a hard call. John Herety is, in my mind, so tactically astute. But picking him, a bit like all of the other managers who have won overall (Keith Lambert, Julian Winn, Dave Povall and Roger Hammond) is a safe bet! So I’m going for an unknown DS, somebody who hasn’t been in that role before but who was part of two title-winning teams during his riding career. He’s the first and original showman, Superman himself, Ian Wilkinson! When Wilks talks, you listen. He was a very versatile and tactically sound rider, he knows the mistakes people have made to lose the Tour Series, so it makes sense for him to lead a team.”

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