Madison Genesis surged into a four-point lead at the top of the OVO Energy Tour Series following Tuesday’s Durham rounds, taking the honours in both the hill-climb up the city’s cobbled South Street ascent and the evening’s traditional circuit race.

While the gap in the men’s championship widened, with erstwhile leaders JLT Condor slipping to fourth, in the women’s Series Nikki Juniper took her second win in as many rounds to wrestle her NJC-Biemme-Echelon team to within two points of long-term leaders Breeze.

It was also a good day for Canyon Eisberg, taking individual wins in both the hill-climb thanks to Jack Pullar, while three-time Series Champion Andy Tennant took his first-ever race win in the criterium as well as the Brother Fastest Lap prize.

“I’m really chuffed,” said  Tennant. “We won both the individual events on the night. I think we’re third team, which is a bit of a shame, but we got some points over JLT, which is really good. Fastest lap for me and that victory so I think we’ve come away quite happy with that.”

Tennant won from an eight-rider group, heading home Connor Swifth (Madison Genesis) and Matt Gibson (JLT Condor), but with fellow Madison Genesis riders Richard Handley and Johnny McEvoy up front and Tobyn Horton in top 10, the team victory went the way of the Milton Keynes-based team.

“It was a good night, we all like Durham, everyone likes Durham,” said McEvoy afterwards. “It’s definitely the hardest Tour Series round.

“Everyone wants to win the race but the most important thing was the team. So we’re made out to come to with the result we did.

“There are still some hard rounds to go and there still a lot of strong teams who could win it, so we’re not thinking ahead too much”

In the first-ever women’s race to be held in Durham, a leading trio were decimated by mechanical issues, as first Rebecca Durrell (Storey Racing) and then Anna Henderson (Team OnForm) succumbed to leave Juniper alone in front, putting in another strong performance to hold off the determined chase of the latter in the closing laps.

Consolation for Henderson was the Brother Fastest Lap, and another runner’s-up spot, as the talented youngster edges closer to a maiden Tour Series victory.

Juniper’s NJC-Biemme-Echelon team now lie two points behind Team Breeze, who have led since Round One, while Storey Racing sit third, six points off the pace.

In the Eisberg Points competition Matt Gibson retook the red jersey and now holds a seven-point lead over Robert Scott (Team WIGGINS), while Juniper’s advantage in the women’s competition in now nearly double the points of nearest rival Henderson.

Highlights from Durham will be shown on ITV4 on Thursday (24 May) at 17:15 and are repeated on Friday at 06:20. UK viewers can find ITV on Freeview (24), Freesat (117), Virgin Media (118) and Sky (120).

Action resumes on Saturday with the sole Welsh round of the 2018 series, as the event returns to Aberystwyth as part of the town’s Aber Cycle Fest.

Click here for full round results from Durham.