Two wins in a week: Team Raleigh win in Edinburgh
Fri, 30 May 2014 10:51:41

Team Raleigh made it two wins from two in Week Three of The Pearl Izumi Tour Series, as the team based Series made its first appearance in Edinburgh.


NFTO’s Jon Mould took the solo victory, but Team Raleigh did enough with four riders in the top ten to take their second team victory of the 2014 Series.


The Nottingham team beat Madison Genesis, who had three riders in the top eleven, including second placed Scully, while Rapha Condor JLT came third to have their lead narrowed to eight points ahead of next Tuesday’s Redditch event.

The tough 1.3-kilometre course featured a long cobbled climb through the Grassmarket and up Victoria Street, before a fast descent back to the Grassmarket.

After 15-minutes of racing and the opening Sprint a group of five riders found themselves clear including Team Raleigh’s Matthieu Boulo. With all five representing different teams there was little by way of an organised chase behind, and instead a second group formed containing the all-important second and third riders from each team.


Kristian House and Boulo both made attempts to get clear, but at the final Sprint it was Mould powering clear, with House and Tom Scully in pursuit. Once away though the NFTO Pro Cycling rider wasn’t seen again, keeping a steady lead over his pursuers to add victory in Edinburgh to that of Durham earlier in the week and Stoke-on-Trent at Round One.

Scully then pipped House, with Boulo and Bialoblocki both crossing the line alone, before Graham Briggs lead in the pack for sixth. Behind the Rapha Condor JLT man though came Morgan Kniesky (seventh) and Evan Oiphant (eighth), making Yanto Barker’s tenth unneeded for Raleigh to claim their fifth ever Pearl Izumi Tour Series team win.

Team Raleigh now lie third overall in the Team Standings with 59 points, five points behind Madison-Genesis in second.

Highlights of the Edinburgh race will be shown on ITV4 at 9pm on Friday 30th May, with a repeat at 6am on Saturday 31st May.

Round Seven of The Pearl Izumi Tour Series takes place in Redditch on Tuesday 3 June, the third visit for the team based Series to the Worcestershire venue, backed by the Choose How You Move project.

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