Rebecca Durrell crowned a fantastic 2017 Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series for herself and her Drops team, taking the individual win in Stevenage to seal the both the teams and riders titles after three weeks of competition.

Durrell outsprinted teammate Lucy Shaw and Olympic Champion Katie Archibald at the end of the 32-lap race around the Old Town in Stevenage, taking the Brother Fastest Lap along the way.

The race had stayed together throughout despite repeated attacks with the final round coming down to a 33-rider bunch sprint.

Durrell powered clear, taking her first ever Series victory to round out a memorable campaign, that saw her ride in all eight events, helping Drops to their first ever Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series title.

“I’m really, really chuffed.  The pressure was always going to be on for the team in the last round, even if it’s just from within ourselves,” said Durrell speaking afterwards.  “I knew I’d already won the Individual overall before the start of tonight’s race but I’d deliberately not said anything about that as that would have been even more pressure.  So now we’re just all relieved.

“Last year didn’t finish as we’d hoped as we missed out on the team win in just the last few hundred yards.  We did talk about that at bit in preparing for this race and we were all very honest in recognising mistakes we made and that perhaps last year we went into the race a bit too confident and so perhaps took some unnecessarily risks.  So this year we thought we’d ease it back a little bit, play a bit of a safe game but still be up there at the front of the race, getting in the mix of things.  But, it worked!”

Durrell heads the individual standings by almost 50-points from teammate Annasley Park, another standout performer for Drops during the 2017 Series, with Team Breeze’s Manon Lloyd in third spot, while Team Ford EcoBoost’s Charlotte Broughton almost repeated her third spot from 2016, in a highly creditable performance.
Drops finished well clear at the top of the Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series standings, with Team Breeze just pipping Team WNT to the runners-up spot, by just seven points.

Storey Racing were fourth, also taking the Eisberg Sprints Jersey with Ejay Harris, while Team OnForm raced to fifth in the standings, with youngster Anna Henderson another standout performer for them in her first Tour Series.

Earlier in the day the teams had each contested a two-lap Team Time Trial in Stevenage, the first time that the women’s Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series teams had ridden against the clock.

With Great Britain track stars Katie Archibald and Emily Kay in their line-up, Team WNT were the dominant winners, 2.6-seconds clear of Team Breeze, with Storey Racing a further second back.

Full results from the Team Time Trial can be found here.

For full results and final standings from the Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series, please click here.

Highlights of the Stevenage round of The Tour Series are on ITV4 at 10pm on Tuesday 30 May, and available on demand via the ITV Hub.  Eurosport will also be screening the action.