Team Report: Mora a race closer to jersey after Croydon
The team’s Sebastian Mora is a race closer to winning the Sprints jersey at the Tour Series after a soaking wet race in Croydon on Thursday night.
Mora, the former World Champion, made sure he extended his lead to 30 points over the next rider with a dominating ride in Croydon. The Spanish rider won two of the sprints and was second to eventual race winner Graham Briggs (JLT Condor) in the other of them. With five races now completed and five more to go, Seb is a race closer to making the jersey his own.
With the rain falling for the third time in the five races so far, the circuit was a tough one and with more for the Schwalbe tubulars to grip onto thanks to the tarmac surface, the riders were able to race this event full gas.
And so they did with the front group getting ever smaller and smaller as the race went on and Raleigh GAC having three riders in that selection. In a pre race interview, Ryan Perry, who was champion of champions last year in time trialling (a steady hard effort), explained how the effort for these races is so different (stop/start) for him and along with Enrique Sanz and Seb Mora, Ryan was in the mix at the front with a great effort.
When a small break escaped a few laps from the end, Ryan was there for the team to try and bring it back, making a huge effort on behalf of Sanz. There was however too much horsepower up front and with the front group split to pieces, the win went to Briggs with Sanz best placed for the team in 7th just four seconds behind the first rider.
Afterwards, Sebastian Mora had changed his focused and determined race face for the smiley one we all know and love and said “One more race” he said referring to what he needs to do to clinch the jersey for good. “It was good tonight with no crashes in the rain, a little dangerous but the mechanic put good pressure in my tyres and I had good grip.”
“I think in one more race I will have the jersey, paso paso (step-by- step) as we say in Spain. I hear the sirens tell us we have a sprint coming and I get to the front quickly to sprint for the points.”
Seb was challenged in the second sprint and he laughed, “yeah, yeah, I go full gas and he pass at the last moment but it is okay”.
Finally, he said the circuit was good in the wet. “I remember in the last race at Wembley, it was much more scary in the corners but this was okay with the pressure I had in my tyres (Schwalble) and it was not slippery.”
Team owner Cherie Pridham was pleased with the riders performances yet again especially in front of the team sponsors who were present at the race to watch the riders. “Sebastian, as we have seen him in other races, rode like a true professional and I am pleased for him to be on the podium again. Enrique too was challenging for the win and Ryan stepped up tonight to show what we know he can do at this level. It has been a tough week but the riders have risen to that challenge”.
The team’s next race is on Saturday in the tourist mecca, Bath.
Sebastian Mora on the podium again in the Tour Series after winning the Sprints competition in Croydon
It was a soaking wet night at Croydon but Seb Mora with Schwalbe tubulars on his Cole Wheels was able to corner with confidence and stay upright
When a three man move got away at the finish, the team was able to call up Army Captain Ryan Perry to chase it down
For the first time in the series, Enrique Sanz was outside the top three with 7th place