With the likes of Hannah Barnes, Dani King and Lucy Garner’s names on the roll of honour, victories in the Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series are highly fought for, and Emily Nelson was the latest rising star to get her name on the leaderboard at Round Three in Northwich on Friday.

Emily’s no stranger to the Series, having also raced for Team Breeze in 2016, but it’s perhaps on the track she is better known, as a Junior Team Pursuit World Champion in 2013 (as a teammate to fellow Matrix Fitness GP Series riders Emily Kay, Hayley Jones and Amy Hill), and more recently clinching a Silver medal in the Madison with Elinor Barker at the World Championships in Hong Kong this Spring.

After strong performances in the opening two rounds, Friday saw Nelson claim her first race win in the Series, and help Team Breeze to their first team win.  You can watch the highlights video here.

“Really happy to win the team on the night, that was one of our main goals coming into this, so happy with that.”

Already a favourite with fans and riders alike, the Northwich circuit produced an aggressive race, but one that unlike the opening two rounds didn’t break up.

“It was very fast” said Nelson.  “I tried a couple of times to get away, but none of the big teams were letting anything go, so everyone wanted to be off the front, so it stayed together.  It worked to our advantage as we’re mainly track riders, so we’ve got some really good sprinters.

“I’m really happy, it was a hard, fast race and the team pulled it off in the end and did a really good job.”

Team Breeze sit second in the table behind leaders Drops heading to Round Four at Wembley Park on Tuesday night, with Emily just one point behind Rebecca Durrell in the individual standings, and teammate Ellie Dickinson leading the Eisberg Sprints competition.

Round Four takes place at 1830 at Wembley Park, with highlights on ITV4 at 1900 on Wednesday 17 May.

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