Frenchman Alexandre Blain of Endura racing claimed Endura Racing’s first win of The Halfords Tour Series in Southport last night, getting off the front of a breakaway inside the closing lap for what turned out to be a comfortable victory.
There was cause for celebration for Rapha-Condor-Sharp, too, who pipped Blain’s outfit to the team victory on the night, closing the gap on series leaders Motorpoint-Marshalls Pasta to just two points at the halfway point of the ten-round competition.
Or at least they they they had, until red-faced race officials reversed the top two places in the team standing to give Endura the win. You can read their statement below.
Following a rainy afternoon in the seaside resort, the weather had brightened by the time the race got under way, with a cracking pace set from the start on the long straight sections of the course, and while a number of riders tried to get off the front of the race, each escape was quickly reeled in.
That changed towards the end of the race when Blain, Rapha-Condor-Sharp’s Kristian House and Motorpoint-Marshalls Pasta’s Ian Bibby managed to get clear off the main bunch, and they were subsequently joined by four other riders, one from each of their teams, plus James Stewart from Team Raleigh, the designated home team for this round.
Blain, formerly with French outfit Cofidis, got away from his fellow escapees with 500 metres to go, with House second and Bibby third.
Highlights of yesterday’s race will be shown on ITV4 at 7pm tonight, and the next race takes place in Kettering tomorrow evening – and don’t forget, if you live near Northamptonshire, you can win VIP hospitality for two at that race by entering our competition here.
Statement from the Race Officials
Following representations made to the race officials at the conclusion of the Southport round of the 2010 Tour series a review of the finishing positions of all riders has been made.
This review has indicated that due to a technical malfunction, the finishing positions of two riders was reversed on the provisional result issued by the race officials.
The two riders concerned are Graham Briggs (Rapha Condor Sharp) and Ian Wilkinson (Endura Racing)
The consequence of the review is that both teams were equal on points at the conclusion of the event, however, by virtue of the fact that Alexandre Blain won the race Endura Racing should have been awarded best team on the night.
The race officials unreservedly apologise to the riders, team management and sponsors of both Rapha Condor Sharp and Endura Racing for this technical malfunction, and assure all those involved in the Halfords Tour Series, that an additional level of checking will be put in place for the remaining rounds thus ensuring that such a technical malfunction cannot reoccur.
Halfords Tour Series Round Five Results
Revised Team result
1 Endura Racing
2 Rapha - Condor - Sharp
3 Motorpoint – Marshalls Pasta
4 SigmaSport – Specialized
5 Team Raleigh
6 Team Corley Cycles
7 Pendragon Le Col Colnago
8 CyclePremier.com – Metaltek
9 Kuota – Road.cc
10 Team Ireland
1) Alexandre Blain Endura Racing
2) Kristian House Rapha-Condor-Sharp
3) Ian Bibby Motorpoint-Marshalls Pasta
4) Dean Windsor Rapha-Condor-Sharp
5) Andy Tennant Motorpoint-Marshalls Pasta
The Halfords Tour Series Standings (after five rounds + revised result)
1) Motorpoint-Marshalls Pasta - 43pts
2) Endura Racing - - 41pts
3) Rapha-Condor-Sharp - 40pts
4) Sigma Sport-Specialized - 31pts
5) Pendragon-Le Col-Colnago - 30pts
6) Team Raleigh - 29pts
7) CyclePremier.com-Metaltek - 24pts
8) Team Corley Cycles - 19pts
9) Kuota-road.cc - 12pts
10) Team Ireland - 5pts
Boardman Bikes Sprints Competition Results
1) Graham Briggs Rapha-Condor-Sharp - 7pts
2) Rob Hayles Endura Racing - 5pts
3) Simon Gaywood Team Corley Cycles - 5pts
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.