Mo­tor­point - Mar­shalls Pasta lead the se­ries with four races to go Clancy’s men aim to Mo­tor to vic­tory to­mor­row

CY­CLING: WITH Olympic gold medal­list Ed Clancy and fel­low big name Mal­colm El­liott in their side, Mo­tor­point - Mar­shalls Pasta lead the Tour Se­ries with four races to go. Mo­tor­point have strong links with Peter­bor­ough and will be look­ing to strengthen the

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Et Sport -

Race One, Ca­nary Wharf THE se­ries got un­der way un­der­neath the sky­scrapers of the world fa­mous busi­ness and shop­ping district and it was nine-time Bri­tish cham­pion Tony Gibb who took the hon­ours.

Yanto Barker, a team-mate of Eye­based ride Steve Lampier with Pen­dragon - Le Col - Col­nago, was one of the first to open a gap as sev­eral teams launched attacks.

And by the time the race reached the hour-mark, sig­nalling five laps to go, the pace had re­ally hot­ted up with some of the big names at the front.

But it was Gibb who edged out Mo­tor­point Mar­shalls Pasta’s Mal­colm El­liott - still sprint­ing to great ef­fect even though he is near­ing his 49th birth­day - in an ex­cit­ing bat­tle for the line with Dean Down­ing, who won two Tour Se­ries events last year, in third.

Lampier found him­self near the front on sev­eral oc­ca­sions but was happy to fin­ish mid-field in a high speed race. pur­ga­tory’ as rid­ers faced a long cob­bled climb and bat­tled it out over nar­row roads.

With two laps to go, Andy Ten­nant at­tacked for the Mo­tor­point - Mar­shalls Pasta team and only his team-mate El­liott and Rapha Con­dor Sharp pair Kris­tian House and Dar­ren Lapthorne were able to go with him.

El­liott made his move com­ing out of the fi­nal corner and won im­pres­sively as House took sec­ond from Dave Clarke, who moved through im­pres­sively for the Pen­dragon - Le Col - Col­nago team.

Open­ing race win­ner Gibb, Olympic medal­list Steven Burke, Barker and city rider Lampier were all in­volved in crashes while the lat­ter also suf­fered a punc­ture. Lampier did not fin­ish as high as he hoped to but did well to cross the line in 15th.

Race Three, Portsmouth IAN Bibby cel­e­brated in­di­vid­ual and team glory as he led Mo­tor­point - Mar­shalls Pasta to team glory.

He held off Barker and En­dura Rac­ing’s Ian Wilkin­son - win­ner at Peter­bor­ough 12 months ago - right on the line as his team won to take the lead in the se­ries.

El­liott, win­ner five days ear­lier, re­tired with hand and shoul­der in­juries af­ter com­ing off worst in a crash while open­ing race third-placer Down­ing suf­fered a punc­ture with just two laps of the 1.3k cir­cuit to go.

Rain be­fore the race made the course even more de­mand­ing and city rider Lampier again punc­tured but with team-mates Barker and Aus­tralian sprinter Casey Munro mak­ing the odd at­tack as Pen­dragon - Le Col - Col­nago did well to fin­ish sec­ond. Down­ing - whose younger brother Rus­sell was run­ner-up in Peter­bor­ough 12 months ago - re­turned to pro­duce the goods again.

En­dura Rac­ing made a de­ter­mined bid and got five rid­ers up at the front in a bid to set Wilkin­son up for a sprint win, but Down­ing and team­mate Zak Demp­ster just got the bet­ter of him.

City rider Lampier fin­ished 20th in a bunch sprint as his side fin­ished third on the night.

Race Five, South­port IT was Blain sail­ing for French­man Alexan­dre Blain as he blasted away with 500m to go to record En­dura Rac­ing’s first vic­tory in the Tour Se­ries.

A high-speed race saw Blain cel­e­brate in­di­vid­ual and team vic­tory as they moved up to sec­ond in the stand­ings be­hind Mo­tor­point - Mar­shall’s Pasta.

Rob Hayles, Dean Windsor, Ed Clancy and Munro had ear­lier built a 12 sec­onds lead and the lat­ter pair plus Wilkin­son also tried to get away later on but were reeled in.

Even­tu­ally it was third race vic­tor Bibby, House and Blain who made the break with the lat­ter jump­ing ap­proach­ing a hair­pin with 500m to go and clinch­ing the vic­tory.

Race Six, Ket­ter­ing HOUSE went one bet­ter than he had two days ear­lier as he out­sprinted Simon Richardson for vic­tory.

The pair broke clear as the pele­ton ap­peared to switch off and as far out as two laps to go it was clear they were not go­ing to be caught.

It was House who pro­duced the bet­ter sprint on a great night for Rapha. Not only did they pro­duce the in­di­vid­ual and team win­ners but Gra­ham Briggs won the Board­man Bike Sprints and now leads the se­ries in that event by three points.

The sprint for third saw Zak Demp­ster hold off Wilkin­son and Gibb, with Blain - the win­ner two days ear­lier - next over the line.

SE­RIES LEAD­ERS: The Mo­tor­point - Mar­shalls pasta team with Ed Clancy on the right.

BACK IN THE CITY: Ja­son White (right) of Cy­ - Me­tal­tek rode well here last year. Pic­ture:

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