Matt Bostock snatched his first-ever OVO Energy Tour Series race win in Birkenhead on Thursday to propel his Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes team back into the lead of the series with two rounds to go.

The Manxman sprinted to victory ahead of team-mates Robert Jon McCarthy and Ollie Wood as the team filled four of the top five spots on Hamilton Square.

Twenty-year-old Bostock headed home a bunch sprint after 36 laps of flat out racing around 1.3-kilometre Birkenhead circuit with the high pace proving a war of attrition under sunny Wirral skies. 

Victory in the team competition moves defending champions Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes back into the OVO Energy green jerseys on countback over 2015 champions Madison Genesis with two rounds remaining.

Notably the only non-Canyon rider in the top five was Sam Watson, a junior riding for guest team Fensham Howes MAS Design.

Earlier in the afternoon Rebecca Durrell has claimed her second OVO Energy Tour Series race win, denying Jo Tindley (Campinense Velo Performance) a first win by just 0.023. Durrell, who last triumphed in our Stevenage finale two years ago, only discovered she had won on completing her warming down lap.

Durrell’s victory, combined with team-mates Anna Henderson, Annie Simpson and Charmaine Porter placing third, eighth and ninth respectively, moved her Brother UK Tifosi p/b OnForm team two points clear of Team Breeze. The impressive form of Tindley’s Anglo-Portugese squad keeps them third overall, five points off the pace.

Next round

The penultimate round of the men’s and women’s OVO Energy Tour Series takes place in Salisbury city centre on Thursday 23 May, with a 1.5-kilometre circuit centred on the historic Market Square.

This year’s series then concludes on Saturday 25 May with the final men’s and women’s races at the famous Brooklands location in Surrey, where the first mass start cycle races took place in 1907.  Racing in the OVO Energy Tour Series will take place on the Brooklands Community Park circuit.

Birkenhead TV highlights

Action from the Birkenhead event will be shown on ITV4 at 18:00 on Thursday 23 May, with the programme also available on demand via the ITV Hub catch up service.

Results

Women’s individual result

1) Rebecca Durrell, GBR, Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm, 43:22.929

2) Jo Tindley, GBR, Campinense Velo Performance, + 0.023

3) Anna Henderson, GBR, Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm, + 0.310

4) Jess Roberts, GBR, Team Breeze, + 0.610

5) Elizabeth Bennett, GBR, Campinense Velo Performance, + 1.568

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Women’s team result

1)  Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm, 10pts

2)  Campinense Velo Performance, 9pts

3)  Team Breeze, 8pts

4) Team Boompods, 7pts

5) Storey Racing, 6pts

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Eisberg sprints women’s standings, post-round five

1) Jess Roberts, GBR, Team Breeze, 59pts

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Brother UK fastest lap

Rebecca Durrell, GBR, Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm, 1:46.850

Women’s team standings, post-round five

1) Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm, 48pts

2) Team Breeze, 46pts

3) Campinense Velo Performance, 41pts

4) Jadan Weldtite Vive Le Velo, 31pts

5) Team Boompods, 26pts

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Men’s individual result

1) Matt Bostock, GBR, Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes, 1:02.47.997

2) Robert Jon McCarthy, IRL, Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes, + 0.160

3) Ollie Wood, GBR, Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes, + 0.176

4) Sam Watson, GBR, Fensham Howes MAS Design, + 0.453

5) Charles Page, GBR, Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes, 0.915

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Men’s team result

1)  Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes, 10pts

2)  Madison Genesis, 9pts

3) Ribble Pro Cycling, 8pts

4) Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK, 7pts

5) Saint Piran, 6pts

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Eisberg sprints men’s standings, post-round five

1) Steve Lampier, GBR, Saint Piran, 49pts

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Brother UK fastest lap

Robert Jon McCarthy, IRL, Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes, 1:33.580

Men’s team standings, post-round five

1) Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes, 46pts

2) Madison Genesis, 46pts

3) Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK, 37pts

4) Ribble Pro Cycling, 36pts

5) Saint Piran, 34pts

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