It’s been a busy week for HMT supported JLT Condor with their continued campaign at this year’s Tour Series and the Ireland-based An Post Rás race.
Defending The Tour Series Title
Brenton Jones helped JLT regain their lead at The Tour Series on Tuesday 23rd May in Motherwell, securing their lead in the series once more and creating a solid foundation to defend their 2016 title.
The Motherwell leg of the series was an afternoon of fast-paced and aggressive riding, with JLT Condor and Madison Genesis going to head to head for the upper hand. The final sprint saw 28 riders battle it out for the win.
Three JLT Condor riders placed in the top five, helping to earn them the lead overall at The Tour Series.
On Thursday 25th May, the team travels north to Aberdeen for the Granite City’s first experience with The Tour Series. The circuit will be based in the heart of the city on Union Street and Union Terrace.
It will be a tough lead to keep, with Madison Genesis only 1 point behind JLT Condor, but the team have been working hard and HMT are proud to support them in their campaign for victory.
These are the latest team standings before Round 8 in Aberdeen on Thursday 25th May.
1. JLT Condor, 74pts
2. Madison Genesis, 73pts
3. BIKE Channel Canyon, 58pts
4. ONE Pro Cycling, 58pts
5. Team Raleigh GAC, 55pts
Close Call at An Post Rás
Meanwhile, in Donegal, Ireland, Ian Bibby proved himself yet again by sprinting to a close second at An Post Rás and narrowly missing out on first place. Bibby’s skill of being able to break away from the peloton early earned him a place in the leading 18 along with fellow JLT men Robert-Jon McCarthy and James Gullen.
The route from Newport to Bundoran was the last day of flat racing roads before the teams take to the gruelling mountainous landscape around Donegal for the next three events.
The last stretch saw Bibby and Gullen remain in the lead group, a group which was certain to contain the winner. An Post Chain reaction team rider Matthew Taggart edged out Bibby at the last minute, winning the race.
Tim Kennaugh, JLT Condor manager, said: “We had a good day today, it was hectic. Bibby and Gullen both in a good position and 22 seconds off the yellow jersey as we head into the mountain stages. It is good to have options and we can attack with either rider.”
Ian Bibby now lies 5th overall and James Gullen is 12th, with five stages of the race still to go there’s still hope for an even better result as the competition progresses.
You can follow the team’s Tour Series progress on ITV or on demand via the ITV Hub, or on Eurosport and the Eurosport Player, while An Post Ras updates are available on www.anpostras.ie or on the event’s Twitter channel twitter.com/anpostras.