JLT Condor presented by Mavic continued a dominant 2016 Pearl Izumi Tour Series with their fifth round victory of the season, added to by their seventh straight individual victory thanks to Chris Lawless.

The victory in Stoke-on-Trent, European City of Sport for 2016, moves JLT Condor into an eight point lead over Madison Genesis, who themselves are four points clear of Team Raleigh GAC, with just three rounds to come in Stevenage, Croydon and Portsmouth.

The individual win for Lawless, his second of the season, moves him into three Tour Series victories, the tenth rider in history to have three or more victories.

The Wigan rider also took the Brother Fastest Lap, with a 1:52.007 around the 1.4-kilometre circuit, averaging 45kph.  In a fast paced race, Lawless headed his companions in a four rider break, with Rory Townsend taking second ahead of Alistair Slater and Gruff Lewis.

In the women’s Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series, it was Claire Rose of the Podium Ambition presented by Club La Santa who was the fastest – with the fastest lap and the race win, on her first ever appearance in the Series.

The win, along with a strong performance by teammates Grace Garner (4th) and Dame Sarah Storey (7th) earned the defending champions their first round win of 2016, and moves them to within 13-points of Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series leaders Drops Cycling.

Alice Barnes and Annie Simpson both finished in the top five for the leaders, but with third place rider Rebecca Wormersley in 23rd, their lead was cut with three rounds to go.

At the top of the individual standings defending champion Nikki Juniper moved to the top of the pile, sprinting to the runners-up spot behind Rose from the front group.  Juniper’s ascent was aided by a late crash with two laps to go that removed Annasley Park from the race, leaving her six points behind the Team Ford EcoBoost rider.
Team Breeze’s Park did hold onto her lead in the Sprints classification despite the crash that ended her race.

In the final round of the Northern Division competition for the men’s guest teams, Wheelbase Altura MGD capped off the four event mini-Series with another win, putting them two-points clear of Planet X Northside and giving them the trophy, presented by Tour Series Race Director Mick Bennett.

In the Chain Reaction Cycles Points competition, Rory Townsend is now 18-points clear of Lawless, who edged ahead of teammate Jon Mould, who now lies ten points behind in third.

For full results and standings from the men’s event, please click here.

For full results and standings from the women’s event, please click here.

Highlights of the Stoke-on-Trent event are on ITV4 at 2200 on Friday 3 June, with a repeat at 1100 on Saturday 4 June.  You can catch all of the programmes from the 2016 Pearl Izumi Tour Series on demand via the ITV Player catch-up service.

The Pearl Izumi Tour Series enters its final week of events on Monday 6 June, with the first of a trio of events in the South East of England.  Stevenage will kick off proceedings with Round Eight of the men’s Series and Round Four of the women’s Matrix Fitness GP Series on Monday 6 June.

Racing will continue with events at Croydon (Tuesday 7 June) and Portsmouth (Thursday 9 June).