JLT Condor presented by Mavic crowned Pearl Izumi Tour Series champions in Portsmouth
9 June 2016 23:05pm
The 2016 Pearl Izumi Tour Series Champions JLT Condor presented by Mavic
JLT Condor presented by Mavic secured their third overall Pearl Izumi Tour Series crown in Portsmouth on Thursday evening with Jon Mould, Graham Briggs, Alex Frame, Alistair Slater and Chris Lawless doing enough to wrap up the 2016 title.
JLT Condor presented by Mavic have now secured three overall Tour Series titles, winning in 2011, 2014 and 2016.
The men in black weren't the only team celebrating a third title, as Podium Ambition presented by Club La Santa overturned Drops Cycling to claim their third straight women's Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series title.
In the men's event there was no clean sweep of the individual wins for JLT Condor presented by Mavic however, as Madison Genesis' Alex Blain took the win, his first in the Series since 2010 in Southport.
The Frenchman headed Felix English for a 1-2 for his team, but it was the race's most local team, Fleet's Pedal Heaven who took the round victory in Portsmouth, the second of their season.
That win gave them a one-point advantage over Team Raleigh GAC for third overall, with Madison Genesis finishing five points back from JLT Condor presented by Mavic.
The South Division competition for Guest teams also came to a close, with a third win from four races helping Richardsons Trek to that success and a podium visit.
Pedal Heaven's Rory Townsend held on to the Chain Reaction Cycles Points Jersey which he first pulled on after the Edinburgh round, successfully fending off Lawless, with the JLT Condor man winning the competition on the night to finish 11-points down.
There was no fairytale finish for JLT Condor presented, who until Portsmouth had swept the board with every individual race. The team lost Jon Mould mid-race to a crash, and despite putting three men in the top 10, the all-important fourth man left them fifth on the night, but with enough of an advantage to take the title. That also makes team manager Dean Downing the first man to win the Pearl Izumi Tour Series as both a rider and manager.
In the Brother Fastest Lap there was further success for JLT Condor, with their New Zealand former World Track Champion Alex Frame clocking a 1:24.250 for the honours, averaging 51.28kph around the city streets.
For full results and final standings from the Pearl Izumi Tour Series, please click here.
Highlights of the men and women's races in Portsmouth will be shown on ITV4 at 20:00 on Friday 10 June with a repeat the following morning at 10:20. Programmes from all ten rounds of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series are available on demand via the ITV Hub catch-up service.
Next week sees the Aviva Women's Tour race into action, with ITV4 again screening highlights every evening from Wednesday 15 June of the five stage race, which will feature stars of the Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series like Grace Garner, Alice Barnes and Annasley Park.
Watch brief highlights of the final rounds of competition for both the men and women as the 2016 Pearl Izumi Tour Series and Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series came to a conclusion in the great sea city of Portsmouth.
Highlights of the penultimate round of competition for both the men and women's teams in the 2016 Pearl Izumi Tour Series as the elite teams take on a brand new circuit in the heart of Croydon in South London.