CONFUSION REIGNS AT THE TOUR SERIES


Anyone who was in Southport watching the Tour Series last night will have gone home thinking that Rapha Condor Sharp had been the winning team on the night: indeed, Rapha was the team presented to the crowd as such at the end of the race.



However, owing to a mix-up with the scoring system, it was in fact Endura who should have been the winning team on the night and not Rapha.



Rapha team manager John Herety expressed to Cycling Weekly his frustration with the result, meaning his team will be omitted from the podium in the television coverage of the event tonight (Wednesday).



Results were skewed after a technical malfunction, meaning Endura and Rapha had actually drawn on the night, but the win was given to the former in light of Alexandre Blain’s individual win.



“The race officials unreservedly apologise to the riders, team management and sponsors of both Rapha and Endura for this technical malfunction, and assure all those involved in the 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,” commented Chief Commissaire in Southport, Martin Bridgwood.



In fact, it is not the first time that this has happened in this year’s Series.



In Durham, there was confusion over two of Rapha’s riders who many believed had been lapped twice but were counted in the results as being on the same lap.



“There were two Rapha riders who’d been lapped twice,” explained Motorpoint Marshalls Pasta manager, Keith Lambert.



“Everyone was saying they’d been lapped so it should have been Sigma who were second on the night.



“I’m only going on what people said because I wasn’t there but it does seem very dubious. The consensus at the time was that Rapha were fourth, but they were moved up to second later on”.





That decision – whether right or wrong – put Lambert’s Motorpoint team in the lead of the series on the night, whereas based on the revised results it should have been Rapha, meaning another missed TV appearance for Herety’s riders.



“It’s done and dusted now,” Lambert added. “We’re just concentrating on the rest of the Series”.



Rapha-Condor-Sharp, round team winners, Tour Series 2010, round 5, Southport

Rapha presented to the crowds but it was in fact Endura that had won




MOTORPOINT NEED TO KEEP PUSHING FOR TOUR SERIES WIN


The Motorpoint Marshalls Pasta team may have a four-point lead over Endura and Rapha, but team manager Keith Lambert insists the team needs to continue to work hard if they are to retain the Series lead at the half-way point in this year’s calendar.



“We need to continue to extend the flow,” said Lambert. “Ed [Clancy] punctured with two laps to go last night which was really unfortunate. Had he won the bunch sprint behind we might not have been third. He was quite poorly too,” and is still recovering from a cold.



The team can also count on Malcolm Elliott who returns to the fold after crashing hard in Portsmouth.



“Malcolm’s coming back in and he’s nicely rested after his crash. As a team we rode better last night [Southport] than in Exeter, but it didn’t work out, we were outmanoeuvred. The Series is more competitive though this year and that’s healthy”.  



Wearing the leaders’ orange jerseys may not be quite as satisfying as it may seem at times though says Lambert.



“Those jerseys are flapping about in the wind; compared to a skinsuit that’s about a 40-watt difference, which can make the difference between winning and losing in a bunch sprint”.



Jonny McEvoy, Tour Series 2010, round 5, Southport



ARMITSTEAD THE STAR IN OTLEY CRITS

Lizzie Armitstead makes a welcome return to home turf in Otley to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Otley Cycle Races.



The Cervélo professional will contest the 2/3/4 and women’s race after jokingly remarking after riding well in last year’s event about the “lazy men” she’d competed against.



Armitstead will then drop the flag on the elite men’s race, won last year by Jeremy Hunt ahead of strongman Ian Wilkinson.



Full fields of 100 riders are expected for both races.



Wednesday June 23, from 6.30pm. Circuit based on Bondgate, Otley town centre, West Yorkshire. Free to watch.

  • dave moors

    I was also surprised when i saw how high the wilier lads were ranked when i had seen so few of them at the big races. I guess using the ranking without knowing how it is compiled is a bit like arguing Norwich should be in the Champions League because they scored more points than Chelsea and Man U.
    I guess they need to develop a profile for sponsors etc but if they cant buy the strength in depth they need because of money limitations then competing against stronger fully professional teams wont get them noticed. Doing well in lower races does at least give then scope to publicise the ranking which many people who dont understand the system may be impressed by.

  • mike

    Wilier are high in the rankings because they have benefited from serious flaws in the ranking system. All but 2 of their riders have avoided riding in top races all season. A couple of weeks back there was an Elite circuit race and a Premier Calendar race over the weekend. This is top level racing and ranking points are very hard to come by given the quality of riders in the field. Wilier only had 1 rider doing the first event and 2 doing the second (from a team of 10) while the other team members road 2nd or 3rd tier races with little competition but with disproportionately high ranking points. They have done this all season and gained far far more ranking points than they could possibly have got racing against the top teams. Their individual and team rankings are significantly inflated. They are nowhere near the level of Endura, Motorpoint, Rafa or Sigma and probably know that, which is why with the exception of Marcin and Bergy they have not turned up to any top races. This isnt a criticism as they do not have comparable budget so cant pay the fees demanded by top riders. I doubt it would have made any difference at the sharp end had they been in the tour series although they are comparable to or better than some of the teams further down the order . They will no doubt try to argue that they should get an entry next year based on their ranking, although I cant see how avoiding racing in the countries top level races will do them any credit. Its so obvious they are doing that in favour of picking up “cheap” ranking points. I would like to see them represented but feel that those who understand top level racing will ignore the ranking given where the points are being gained.

  • james

    Does anyone know why Wilier aren’t in this event? They are second in the BCF rankings at the moment and could be giving Endura, Motorpoint and Rapha a bit more competition than they currently have. It’s getting a bit boring knowing that the other 7 teams aren’t even going to feature.

  • jim

    The results at Durham do not appear to have been rectified despite lapped riders being placed above riders who were not lapped. We then have errors with the lap board at the next round with the number of laps remaining, going up and down like a yoyo, leading to teams attacking too early. Now this problem. Add to that 2 commentators describing Dave Clarke as a 20year old newcomer to the sport when he is 31 and been a pro for years, all smacks of poor preparation and organisation.

  • Simon

    These sort of mix-ups just shouldn’t happen at pro-Tour Series-level of racing. Once is bad enough, but now twice in five rounds? Smacks of incompetence. I notice there’s no mention of this error on the Tour Series’ own (otherwise excellent) website at http://www.tourseries.co.uk