World and Olympic Champion Katie Archibald rode to victory in Stoke-on-Trent at Round Two of the Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series, aided by the work of teammate Eileen Roe in a four rider group who dominated proceedings.

The Scottish duo were at the forefront throughout, but couldn’t do enough to move Team WNT into the Series lead as strong rides by Drops trio Rebecca Durrell (3rd), Annie Simpson (5th) and Lucy Shaw (7th) were enough to maintain a slender advantage at the top of the standings.

The quartet of Archibald, Roe and Durrell, plus third place finisher Manon Lloyd of Team Breeze drew clear of the peloton mid-race, with Archibald also claiming the Brother Fastest Lap award and the outright lead of the Eisberg Sprints jersey, sponsored by leading alcohol free wine brand Eisberg.

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At the top of the team standings Drops continue to lead by a solitary point from Team WNT, in what looks set to be a Series long battle between the two UCI squads.  Team Breeze are just a further  nine points in arrears after good rides by Lloyd and teammate Emily Nelson, also inside the top 10.

Highlights of the Stoke-on-Trent round of the Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series will be shown on ITV4 at 7pm on Friday 12th May, and also on Eurosport at 4.45pm the same day.

Round Three of the Series takes place in Northwich on Friday 12th May, the first time that the Cheshire town has played host to The Tour Series, with the women’s race underway at 5.30pm.

Results in Brief
Individual Race Result

1, Katie Archibald, GBR, Team WNT, 19-laps, 45:15.416
2, Manon Lloyd, GBR, Team Breeze, + 0.441
3, Rebecca Durrell, GBR, Drops, +0.894
4, Eileen Roe, GBR, Team WNT, + 4.032
5, Annie Simpson, GBR, Drops, + 1:00.791
6, Emily Nelson, GBR, Team Breeze, + 1:02.265
7, Lucy Shaw, GBR, Drops, + 1:02.265
8, Charlotte Broughton, GBR, Team Ford EcoBoost, + 1:02.351
9, Eleanor Dickinson, GBR, Team Breeze, + 1:03.103
10, Lydia Boylan, IRL, Team WNT, + 1:03.139

Brother Fastest Lap
Katie Archibald, GBR, Team WNT, 2:09.008

Eisberg Sprints Jersey
Katie Archibald, GBR, Team WNT

Team Standings, post-Round Two
1, Drops, 189pts
2, Team WNT, 188pts
3, Team Breeze, 179pts
4, Team OnForm, 100pts
5, NCC Group Kuota Torelli, 80pts

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