The Sunderland round of the Sportsbreaks.com Tour Series on Tuesday saw first-ever individual wins for Blake Quick (TRINITY Racing) and Sammie Stuart (Team Brother UK – LDN), while Jadan – Vive Le Velo claimed the team prize on the night in the women’s series seven years from their debut in the event.

Elsewhere, Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling returned to the winners’ podium in Mowbray Park, as the defending men’s champions claimed their first round victory of 2022 to move into second in the overall standings, four points off the lead.

However, after the evening’s two races, it was still Wiv SunGod and Pro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes p/b Heidi Kjeldsen leading the way – and donning the the series’ Freewheel.co.uk yellow jerseys – in the men’s and women’s events respectively.

Wiv SunGod lost two points from their overall lead, with misfortune affecting them when local rider Thomas Mein crashed out following a touch of wheels mid-race with Harry Tanfield (Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling) on the start/finish line as both riders looked to attack at the same moment. Nonetheless, they held on to come third behind Ribble Weldtite and TRINITY Racing.

Having started the first two events short of riders due to injury and illness, TRINITY Racing controlled the men’s race in what was undeniably their best performance in the series to date. This impressive collective performance and exemplary display of tactics saw American crit champion and recent Lincoln GP winner Luke Lamperti sit up in the final sprint to allow Quick to take his first win in the Sportsbreaks.com Tour Series. Best of the rest behind the TRINITY Racing pair was Ribble Weldtite’s Finn Crockett.

“It was a really good performance,” said the 22-year-old from Brisbane. “The boys were pretty unbelievable out there, three of them just controlled the race from the get go. Then we had Luke – he was a bit of a tactical genius in the finish  – pulling us in perfectly to the finish and we both got our arms up so it was beautiful.

“Basically, the plan was to just out and control the race, and after we got Luke up at Lincoln a few days ago, [team manager] Ian Stannard made the call that it was my turn today. So that was really nice.”

Joining Quick as a first-time Sportsbreaks.com Tour Series winner was Team LDN – Brother UK rider Sammie Stuart.  A full-time training manager and on-call firefighter for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, Stuart’s win came after an impressive ride in round one and the weekend’s performance in the Lincoln GP.

Stuart bridged across to Frankie Hall (Loughborough Lightning) and Detta Guerini (Jadan – Vive Le Velo) after a crash between Hall and Charlotte Berry (Team Spectra Wiggle p/b Vitus) at turn two removed both Berry and the luckless Beth Maciver (Alba Road Team) from an initial four rider group. Stuart then worked well with her breakaway companions to build an unassailable gap, before Guerini was the first to be distanced inside the final three laps. With a tour to go and sensing Hall was lagging, Stuart struck out on her own for a comfortable solo win by five seconds.

She said: “It was a great race for me; with a climb in the circuit it suited me really well .The team is buzzing for me. It wasn’t just myself, there are obviously people that hold up the peloton too on my behalf so a massive thanks to the team for being able to do that for me.

“I worked very hard to close the gap and once I got with those other riders it was just a case of working together until the end of the race. I think the gap started at about 10 seconds and we went up to 50 seconds so that was brilliant work by us three.

“I knew that I had an advantage because I was talking, and I could hear them two heavily breathing, so I just took that opportunity and just went.”

Taking the all-important team prize were Jadan – Vive Le Velo, clinching their best-ever Sportsbreaks.com Tour Series result, thanks to Guerini (third), Emma Jeffers (fourth) and Beth Harley- Jepson (14th).

Despite having three riders caught up in crashes throughout the race, Pro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes p/b Heidi Kjeldsen still took second place on the night to move into a nine-point lead over Team Boompods with four rounds remaining. Behind, a trio of teams are within two points of second place in what now looks set to be a best of the rest competition in the women’s series. Defending champions CAMS – Basso failed to score in Sunderland and now sit seventh overall.

In the Freewheel.co.uk sprints competition Tindley (Pro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes p/b Heidi Kjeldsen) holds a 14-point lead over Stuart to keep the blue jersey in the women’s competition. Matt Bostock (Wiv SunGod) tops the men’s standings, 10 points ahead of Tanfield.

Fastest laps on the night went to Stuart (whose 1:46.528 in blustery conditions was unsurprisingly slower than her 2021 record) and Global 6 Cycling’s Miguel Fernandez.

Click here for full results from round three.

Highlights of the Sunderland event will be broadcast on ITV4 at 7pm on Wednesday 11 May.  Racing continues on Thursday (12 May) with a return to Scotland for round four in Stranraer on the west coast of Dumfries & Galloway.

Action gets underway with the women’s race (4pm) followed by the men’s race (6pm); both events streamed live on the Tour’s YouTube channel – youtube.com/thetourcycling – with no geo-restrictions.