Defending Champions Storey Racing swept through the rain in Croydon to take a 1-2 with Ejay Harris and Neah Evans leading the way, as Drops and Team Breeze continued to fight for the team classification.

Drops were the team winners, for the fourth time from five outtings this season, with Annasley Park, Rebecca Durrell and Alice Barnes all inside the top seven for another victory to extend their lead over Breeze to 27-points.

The round however didn’t pan out to the usual Drops-Breeze-WNT fight for the individual win, with Storey Racing taking the race to the big three as Harris and Evans forced a four rider group clear containing Park and Lydia Boylan.

With two riders in the group, the pressure was on Storey Racing to deliver around the slick city centre roads in Croydon and the team duly delivered, with Harris and Evans sealing a one-two, ahead of Park and then Boylan.

The twelve rider chasing group behind was dominated by Drops and Breeze, with Durrell leading in the group for fifth to move into an eleven point lead over Emily Nelson in the individual standings, with Boylan’s consistent finishing leaving her just one point further back.

Breeze rider Ellie Dickinson continues to lead the Eisberg Sprints jersey standings, but now by just a point from Harris, who won both Eisberg Sprints during Round Five in Croydon.  

Harris also took the Brother Fastest Lap award, making it a night of firsts for the Storey Racing rider, who had spent the first part of the afternoon visiting Crescent Primary School in Croydon to inspire the next generation of Tour Series riders.

For the full results and standings after Round Five, please click here.

Highlights of the Croydon round of the Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series will be shown on ITV4 at 7pm on Friday 19 May and available on demand via the ITV Hub.

Round Six of the Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series takes place in the historic city of Bath on Saturday 20 May, with an earlier race start time of 4pm as the Series returns to the city for the first time since 2015.