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How does the OVO Energy Tour Series work?

The OVO Energy Tour Series celebrates its 10th edition of unique team-based racing in 2018, with eight town and city centres welcoming the only British domestic cycle race Series to be televised on terrestrial, free-to-air TV.

The OVO Energy Tour Series celebrates its 10th edition of unique team-based racing in 2018, with eight town and city centres welcoming the only British domestic cycle race Series to be televised on terrestrial, free-to-air TV.

But for racegoers new to the Series, or those who just want a refresher on how it works, our handy guide will quickly get you up to speed.

HOW DOES THE OVO ENERGY TOUR SERIES WORK?
Launched in 2009, the OVO Energy Tour Series started life as the most innovative event in professional cycling and it remains exactly that today.

The Series is all about the teams, so when a rider crosses the line first it doesn’t necessarily follow that their team also wins the round. Yes, that rider gets the honour and glory of the individual victory, but the aim for teams is to complete the race in the lowest cumulative time. Teams are permitted to start each race with five riders, and it is the combined time of their four highest-placed riders (three for women’s teams) that decides who is the fastest on the night. The team who consistently performs the best and scores the highest combined points tally claim the prestigious OVO Energy Tour Series title.

WHAT POINTS ARE AWARDED AT EACH RACE?
In the 2018 Men’s Series, the eight teams competing at all rounds will score 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4 and 3 points depending on their position in each event (the winning team earning 10, runners up 9 etc).

In the 2018 Women’s Series, the 10 teams competing at all rounds will score 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 points depending on their position in each event (the winning team earning 10, runners up 9 etc).

The leading teams in both Men’s and Women’s Series will wear the OVO Energy Green Leaders’ Jerseys – as demonstrated by Madison Genesis below.

After the Grand Final in Salisbury on Thursday 31 May, the men’s and women’s team who accumulate the most points across all rounds will win the OVO Energy Tour Series titles. Should teams be level in the standings at that point, the winners will be the squad who claimed the most round victories throughout the Series.

WHO ARE THE PREVIOUS WINNERS?
JLT Condor are the defending Men’s champions going into the 2018 Series; they have also previously won the title in 2011 (as Rapha Condor-Sharp), 2014 and 2016. Trek-Drops are the defending Women’s champions.

Click here for comprehensive results from the 10 editions of the OVO Energy Tour Series to date.

WHAT IS THE EISBERG SPRINTS COMPETITION?
A number of Eisberg Intermediate Sprints will take place during each Men’s (three Sprints) and Women’s (two Sprints) race. The first five individuals across the line at each Sprint, as well as come the end of the race, will earn points in ascending order of 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1. The rider who accumulates the most points up to that point of the Series will wear the Eisberg Sprints Jersey.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO WATCH?
Nothing! It’s absolutely free of charge for spectators who want to see the Britain’s best cyclists in action. The circuit-based nature of the OVO Energy Tour Series also means fans get to see the riders pass by numerous times during each race!

Is your OVO Energy Tour Series question still unanswered? Visit our FAQs page for more information.

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