Ed Clancy makes it two from two for Rapha Condor Sharp

Rapha Condor Sharp extend lead at top

Rapha Condor Sharp mastered the blustery conditions in Aberystwyth to take another clean sweep of the honours at Round Two of The Halfords Tour Series on the Welsh coast. Olympic Champion Ed Clancy took the individual win on the night, out-sprinting a select five rider group that formed in the latter stages of the race, containing second and third placed riders Chris Opie and Jonny McEvoy.

Endura Racing once again took second place on the evening, to stay in the hunt just two points behind Rapha Condor Sharp in the standings, with defending Halfords Tour Series Champions Motorpoint moving up to third place, following a second successive fourth placed finish.

With The Halfords Tour Series' first ever visit to Wales getting underway after a brief to delay to allow for the running of support events that were temporarily suspended because of high winds, the action soon rewarded the hardy spectators on Aberystwyth's sea front.

Repeated riders attempted to escape the peloton, which soon became stretched out on the circuit that combined a technical back section over a slight rise, with an open sweeping seaside section, albeit one where the riders switched from headwind to sidewind to tailwind in the blustery conditions.

Endura Racing's Scott Thwaites was one notable attacker, while Team UK Youth's James Stewart spent several laps out in front alone, but ultimately to no avail.

A six rider move eventually stuck as the race progressed, containing Clancy, Opie, McEvoy, Welshman Dale Appleby, Marcel Six and Evan Oliphant, with the sextet building a race winning advantage over the peloton.

With a lap to go Oliphant made his move to try and secure and help Endura overhaul Rapha Condor Sharp, but after jumping away on the leeward side of Aberystwyth Castle, Clancy made good use of the tailwind to drag himself and his companions back to the Scotsman's rear wheel. Having made the catch, Clancy then slowed things down in the knowledge that he was arguably the best sprinter from the bunch. And so it proved, with the Olympian comfortably out-sprinting Opie on the seafront, with McEvoy, Six, Oliphant and Appleby coming in just behind.

With all at stage behind it was Endura Racing and Rapha Condor Sharp leading in the main field, with Ian Wilkinson taking the bunch kick from Andrew Tennant. Kristian House's presence in ninth secured a second team win for Rapha Condor Sharp, and a third on the bounce taking into account the final round of the 2010 Halfords Tour Series, which the men in black also won.

Pendragon Le Col Colnago enjoyed one of their best ever Halfords Tour Series events, with second on the road through Chris Opie helping them to third on the night in the team competition, a tremendous improvement on their tenth place at Durham. Aberystwyth's home team, containing local rider and Welsh Champion Gruff Lewis came home seventh, but remain fifth in the Series standings.

Week Two sees The Halfords Tour Series make its third visit to Peterborough, on Tuesday 31st May for Round Three, before the team based Series moves onto Essex, and Colchester for Round Four on Thursday 2nd June. Peterborough sees the return of criterium specialists Dean Downing, Dean Windsor and James McCallum to the Rapha Condor Sharp line-up, making the task of Endura Racing and the others even harder, as they seek to topple the team of John Herety from the top of the podium. Peterborough also plays host to Round One of the new for 2011 Johnson Health Tech Women's Grand Prix Series, which will see Britain's top female cyclists competing in a four round city centre race series. The Women's Grand Prix gets underway at 17.00, with the men's Halfords Tour Series race beginning at 19.00.

Aberystwyth Criterium, Round #2

Individual Results
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ed Clancy (Rapha Condor Sharp)  
2Chris Opie (Pendragon Le Col Colnago)  
3Jonny McEvoy (Motorpoint Pro Cycling)  
4Marcel Six (Twenty3c - Orbea)  
5Evan Oliphant (Endura Racing)  
6Dale Appleby (CyclePremier.com - Metaltek)  
7Ian Wilkinson (Endura Racing)  
8Andrew Tennant (Rapha Condor Sharp)  
9Kristian House (Rapha Condor Sharp)  
10Scott Thwaites (Endura Racing)  
Team Results
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rapha Condor Sharp  
2Endura Racing  
3Pendragon Le Col Colnago  
4Motorpoint Pro Cycling  
5Sigma Sport - Specialized  
6Twenty3c - Orbea  
7Team UK Youth  
8CyclePremier.com - Metaltek  
9Team Raleigh  
10Wilier GoSelfDrive.com  
Boardman Bikes Sprints winner
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kristian House (Rapha Condor Sharp)  
Team Standings, after Round Two
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rapha Condor Sharp20 pts
2Endura Racing18 
3Motorpoint Pro Cycling14 
4Team Raleigh10 
5Team UK Youth10 
6Twenty3c - Orbea10 
7Pendragon Le Col Colnago9 
8Sigma Sport - Specialized8 
9CyclePremier.com - Metaltek6 
10Wilier GoSelfDrive.com5 
Boardman Bikes Sprints standings, after Round Two
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kristian House27 pts
2Jonny McEvoy11 
3Ian Bibby8 

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