Joey Walker propelled Madison Genesis back to the top of the OVO Energy Tour Series standings in Durham.

The 21-year-old took his maiden victory in the series by mastering the cobbles – which became increasingly wet in the final five laps – to take victory by 15 seconds from Saint Piran’s Cameron Jeffers.

Walker was one of four Madison Genesis riders in the top eight, with Jon Mould (third), Richard Handley (sixth) and Tom Moses (eighth) putting in an impressive performance to turn a two point deficit into a one point advantage over Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes.

Previous series leaders and defending champions Canyon endured a night to forget on Durham’s cobbles, finishing fourth on the night as Saint Piran excelled to take their best ever result of second.

Adding to Saint Piran’s success was road captain Steve Lampier retaking the Eisberg Points Jersey and Matt Nowell taking his first ever Brother UK Fastest Lap award.

Fifth across the line was John Archibald (Team Ribble), who led late on but dropped his chain on the last lap. 

The women’s OVO Energy Tour Series also saw change at the top, with British circuit race champion Anna Henderson taking the individual win, breaking Team Breeze and Jess Roberts’ run of success.  

Henderson’s victory in Durham, something she identified as a key aim before the start of this year’s series after a mechanical denied her the win 12 months ago, moved Brother UK – Tifosi p/b Brother UK back into the lead of the standings on countback with three events to go.

After three race wins in a week, Roberts finished second on the night and continues to wear the Eisberg Sprints jersey, 16 points ahead of Campinense Velo Performance’s Jo Tindley.

Next round

Round five of the men’s and women’s OVO Energy Tour Series takes place at Birkenhead on Tuesday 21 May. This round marks the first-ever held in Wirral, and the series’ return to Merseyside for the first time since 2010.

The race will take place on  a 1.3-kilometre circuit based around the historic Hamilton Square in the town centre.

Durham TV highlights 

Highlights of the OVO Energy Tour Series are screened on ITV4 and broadcast around the world. 

Action from the Durham event will be shown at 18:00 on Monday 20 May, with the programme also available on demand via the ITV Hub catch up service.

Results

Women’s individual result

1) Anna Henderson, GBR, Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm, 46:48.545

2) Jess Roberts, GBR, Team Breeze, + 17.300

3) Becky Raybould, GBR, Team Breeze, + 1:52.212

4) Rebecca Durrell, GBR, Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm, + 1:56.337

5) Elizabeth Bennett, GBR, Campinense Velo Performance, 1:58.536

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Women’s team result

1) Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm, 10pts

2) Team Breeze, 9pts

3)  Campinense Velo Performance, 8pts

4) Jadan Weldtite Vive Le Velo, 7pts

5) Storey Racing, 6pts

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Eisberg sprints women’s standings, post-round four

1)  Jess Roberts, GBR, Team Breeze, 49pts

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Brother UK fastest lap

Anna Henderson, GBR, Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm, 2:27.038

Women’s team standings, post-round four

1) Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm, 38pts

2) Team Breeze, 38pts

3) Campinense Velo Performance, 32pts

4) Jadan Weldtite Vive Le Velo, 26pts

5) Liv AWOL SPOK’D, 20pts

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Men’s individual result

1) Joey Walker, GBR, Madison Genesis, 1:05.59.752

2) Cameron Jeffers, GBR, Saint Piran, + 14.273

3) Jon Mould, GBR, Madison Genesis, + 27.208

4) Steve Lampier, GBR, Saint Piran, + 30.293

5) John Archibald, GBR, Ribble Pro Cycling, + 41.586

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Men’s team result

1) Madison Genesis, 10pts

2) Saint Piran, 9pts

3) Ribble Pro Cycling, 8pts

4) Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes, 7pts

5) Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK, 6pts

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Eisberg sprints men’s standings, post-round four

1)  Steve Lampier, GBR, Saint Piran, 35pts

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Brother UK fastest lap

Matt Nowell, GBR, Saint Piran, 2:04.623

Men’s team standings, post-round four

1) Madison Genesis, 37pts

2) Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes, 36pts

3) Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK, 30pts

4) Saint Piran, 28pts

5) Ribble Pro Cycling, 28pts

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