The Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series began its new era of focus on the team competition with an exciting race in Motherwell shaped by four of the best talents in British domestic racing and a win for the Drops Cycling Team.

On their Series debut, the UCI registered team were the dominant force, placing three riders in the top eight, but it was individual rider Eileen Roe who took a highly popular individual victory on Scottish roads in North Lanarkshire.

The women’s Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series was shaped by a four rider group led by Roe, fellow former champion Nikki Juniper, Lincoln Grand Prix winner Alice Barnes and Team Breeze rider Annasley Park.

The quartet went clear early on and never looked like being caught, with Barnes sweeping up the points in both intermediate Sprints to take the green jersey following Round One.

At the finish, it was Roe who took the win to loud cheers from the Motherwell crowd, with Barnes second and reigning champion Juniper in third, just ahead of Park.

Behind the front four there was another strong performance from Drops youngster Ellie Dickinson, who won the National Junior Road Race title at the weekend, coming home fifth, one place ahead of Team WNT’s Irish champion Lydia Boylan.

That, and 2012 Champion Annie Simpson’s eighth, helped Drops Cycling to become the first team to pull on the five Matrix Fitness GP Series leader jerseys thanks to a 19-point advantage over Team Breeze, with Team Ford EcoBoost a further point in arrears.

For full results and standings for the Matrix Fitness GP Series, please click here.

Highlights of the Motherwell races are on ITV4 at 1900 on Wednesday 18 May, with a repeat at 1300 on Thursday 19 May.  You can also watch the action on demand via the ITV Player catch-up service.

Round Two of the Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series takes place in Redditch, Worcestershire on Thursday 24 May alongside the four round of the men’s Series.