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Boulo takes Redditch Tour Series win

Published: 4 June 2014

Matthieu Boulo takes Raleigh's first individual win of 2014

Matthieu Boulo soloed to victory in Redditch to take Team Raleigh's first individual win for the team, but behind him it was a two, three, four for Rapha Condor JLT for a dominant team win.

The win restores Rapha Condor JLT's 12-point advantage over Madison Genesis with four events to go, including the double header Jersey finale.

Madison Genesis in turn are just three points clear of Team Raleigh, who have enjoyed a recent excellent run of form thanks to last week's wins in Durham and Edinburgh, and Boulo's Redditch triumph helping them to second on the night.

Raleigh had been one of the most active teams throughout with Liam Stones, Yanto Barker and Boulo all enjoying time up the road at the head of the race.

On drying roads around Redditch town centre though it was an ever-changing picture at the front, with lap after lap the order changing, with Starley Primal's Jack Pullar and NFTO Pro Cycling's Sam Harrison two to stay away for the longest.

Boulo's effort with two laps to go saw him go clear, putting his head down to maintain his margin to the finish, while behind Pullar's chase ended in a final lap crash, with Rapha Condor JLT trio Felix English, Ed Clancy and House comfortably leading in what remained of the main field.

Stones and Barker's fifth and eighth secured second on the night for Raleigh, in a close battle with Madison Genesis who also placed three riders inside the top ten.

Led by Gruff Lewis' seventh place, Pedal Heaven Colbornes took their best ever Pearl Izumi Tour Series result of fourth on the night, to close up the battle at the bottom of the standings to just three points between them, Starley Primal and Great Britain.

In addition to his race win, Boulo also took the Costa Express Fastest Lap prize, while House won the evening's sprint competition but Jon Mould keeps his lead in the green sprint jersey standings.

Highlights of the Redditch race are on ITV4 at 9pm on Wednesday 4 June, with a repeat on Thursday 5 June at 9am.

Round Eight of The Pearl Izumi Tour Series takes place in London, at Canary Wharf on Thursday 5 June at 7.30pm, preceded by the Canary Wharf Corporate Grand Prix pro-am at 6.30pm.

Results

Round Seven Team Result

1. Rapha Condor JLT
2. Team Raleigh
3. Madison Genesis
4. Pedal Heaven Colbornes
5. Metaltek Kuota
6. Starley Prima Pro Cycling
7. NFTO Pro Cycling
8. Great Britain
9. Node4 Velosure

Round Seven Individual Result
1. Matthieu Boulo, FRA, Team Raleigh
2. Felix English, IRL, Rapha Condor JLT
3. Ed Clancy, GBR, Rapha Condor JLT
4. Kristian House, GBR, Rapha Condor JLT
5. Liam Stones, GBR, Team Raleigh
6. Ian Bibby, GBR, Madison Genesis
7. Gruff Lewis, GBR, Pedal Heaven Colbornes
8. Yanto Barker, GBR, Team Raleigh
9. Andy Tennant, GBR, Madison Genesis
10. Mike Northey, NZL, Madison Genesis

Round Seven Costa Express Fastest Lap: Matthieu Boulo, FRA, Team Raleigh, 2'01.475
Round Seven Sprint Winner: Kristian House, GBR, Rapha Condor JLT

Overall Team Standings, post-Round Seven
1. Rapha Condor JLT, 84pts
2. Madison Genesis, 72pts
3. Team Raleigh, 69pts
4. NFTO Pro Cycling, 58pts
5. Node4 Velosure, 43pts
6. Metaltek Kuota, 38pts
7. Great Britain, 32pts
8. Starley Primal Pro Cycling, 31pts
9. Pedal Heaven Colbornes, 29pts

Overall Sprint Standings, post-Round Seven
1. Jon Mould, GBR, NFTO Pro Cycling, 60pts
2. Graham Briggs, GBR, Rapha Condor JLT, 41pts
3. Tom Scully, NZL, Madison Genesis, 39pts