Team Report: Mora Wins Tour Series Points Jersey
After dominating the Points classification from round 1, the team’s Sebastian Mora finished the 2017 Tour Series with the Points jersey.
Despite a series where many of the team’s riders were injured or unavailable because of crashes and illness, the team still managed to be on the podium every round thanks to Sebastian as well as get a victory in Northwich (double podium!) with Enrique Sanz.
The series finished on Monday in Stevenage and because of crashes in Durham, were down to four riders. The strategy for them in the race was to be aggressive in the soaking wet race and that they were. Team owner Cherie Pridham explained “we had Enrique for the sprint and had to do all we could to get an individual result for the team and the guys did exactly as we asked and I am very chuffed with the job Ryan did for the team attacking off the front.”
“It’s been a tough three weeks” Cherie explained talking about the series as a whole. “We’ve had to manage with four riders for much of the series. We started it with the ambition of taking the Points jersey and to ride for the Team classification but we never anticipated Yoeri (Havik) being ill and then being hit with three riders crashing in round two and getting injured”.
“But the team fought hard despite the bad luck and so a big highlight for me was seeing Enrique getting his hands in the air by winning at Northwich. It was also great to see a great character in the team, Seba, take on the job of winning the Points jersey with a smile and completing that well before the series was finished (Aberdeen).”
Cherie also credits the other riders, Adam Kenway, Tristian Robbins, Adria Moreno plus Scottish brothers Fraser and Grant Martin for keeping the team in the game. “Seeing the young riders like Grant give their all in the series shows there is a lot of potential in the team for the future.”
Points jersey winner Seb Mora had an eventful final round in Stevenage but was pleased with the victory. A very happy Points winner explained that he remembered last year at Croydon where he won the Points classification on the night and it was good to step up and win the series classification in 2017.
“This classification was perfect for me and the team, to be consistent and take the points each round and win the jersey”.
Seb added by saying it was a very rapid race with each kilometre long lap, still very wet from the storm before the start, taking around a minute and eleven seconds. “My mechanic put good pressure in my Schwalbe tubulars and I had good grip and it was not slippy”.
“Tonight though, I had a puncture but the team help me with a quick bike change and I catch the peloton and look for Enrique. We did a good job putting a rider in a breakaway with Ryan and in the final I sit on Enrique’s back wheel to make sure no one pass him”.
This left Enrique clear to sprint with his main rival Brenton Jones for fourth place with the Australian getting the verdict just ahead of the Raleigh GAC rider who added another top ten place (fifth) to the other eight top tens he has had including that memorable victory in Northwich.
We thank all the team staff, Michelle, Alan, Pete and Eddie for a top job looking after the riders during a hard three weeks on the road. We now take a break from racing for a few weeks with their next event the London Nocturne in June followed by the Beaumont Trophy UCI road race.
After ten tough rounds, many of them in the rain making the racing very dangerous, Sebastian Mora could finally celebrate on the podium the Points jersey victory for the team
Pete Mooney pushes Sebastian back into the race after a very quick bike change
Ryan Perry showed yet again he could race the crits as good as any with a few moves off the front
The final sprint in the final race sees Enrique Sanz finish the race in 5th place