Madison Genesis took their fourth win of the 2015 Pearl Izumi Tour Series at the BAE Systems Barrow round on Friday night, but the real story was 19-year-old Chris Lawless of Team WIGGINS taking his first individual win in front of huge Cumbrian crowds.

Lawless’ performance, from a two-rider breakaway in the closing laps with Series stalwart Will Bjergfelt, came the evening after he’d taken a best result of third in Durham.

While the individual result may have been a thriller, with Lawless and Bjergfelt escaping in the final five laps and holding off a charging peloton led home by Steele Von Hoff, the team result was a nail biter.

With all five riders from both Madison Genesis and ONE Pro Cycling in the main bunch times were close, so close in fact that when cumulative riders times were added together Madison Genesis took their fourth team victory by less than a second.

Having been pegged back by a point thanks to ONE Pro Cycling’s victory in Durham, win number four helps Madison Genesis into a four three point lead with four rounds to go in Croydon, Canary Wharf, Peterborough and Bath.

The team’s Tom Stewart did lose his Chain Reaction Cycles Points Jersey to Team Raleigh GAC rider Morgan Kneisky, who won the prize on the night and now has a five point lead over Stewart.  The French triple World Track Champion also took the Costa Express Fastest Lap trophy on the way to one of this three mid-race sprint victories.

For full results and standings from Round Six of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series, the BAE Systems Barrow round, click here.

Highlights from Barrow will be shown on ITV4 at 2100 on Sunday 31 May, with a repeat at 0825 on Monday 1 June.

Next week sees two Pearl Izumi Tour Series rounds in London, as the Series visits Croydon for the first time on Tuesday 2 June before returning to Canary Wharf on Thursday 4 June for Round Eight.

Croydon in South London also sees the next round of the women’s Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series (Round Three), which gets underway at 1730, with Round Seven of the men’s Pearl Izumi Tour Series off at 1930.