Hannah Barnes takes victory in Peterborough (photo credit: Tour Series/VeloUK)

 Motorpoint dominate opening round of new women’s Series

Hannah Barnes wins opening round of The Johnson Health Tech Women’s Grand Prix Series

Hannah Barnes became the first rider to pull on the Johnson Health Tech jersey as leader of the new-for-2011 Johnson Health Tech Women’s Grand Prix Series, taking victory at Round One of the Series in Peterborough.

Motorpoint’s 18-year-old exchanged her British Circuit Race Champion’s jersey for the white Johnson jersey on the post-race podium, as her team packed the top ten with four riders to take the lead in the teams competition, as well as the individual honours.

Barnes was at the forefront of the action for much of what was a highly entertaining race that featured a lot of attacking throughout its 40 minute length.

Ultimately the attack that stuck, triggering the winning move was instigated by For Viored Brookes’ Rohan Battison, who went clear by herself two thirds of the way into the race.  Barnes tracked her move, chasing the lone leader down and taking Helen Wyman, teammate Lucy Garner and Horizon Fitness’ Penny Rowson.

The quintet stayed together for the remainder of the race meaning it all boiled down to the final sprint, with Barnes sprinting down the middle of the road, with Wyman just beating Garner to the runner-up spot in the lunge for the line under the watchful gaze of Peterborough Cathdral.

Motorpoint’s success continued as Hannah Walker led home the main field in the sprint for seventh place, ahead of Horizon Fitness’ Hannah Rich and a fourth Motorpoint rider in the top ten, Alice Barnes.

Local rider Lindsay Clarke of Fenland Clarion came home in 15th position in the thirty rider field.

Women's GP Series leader Hannah Barnes (photo credit: Tour Series/VeloUK)

Along the way to her victory, Barnes also cleaned up the honours in the Sprints competition, taking first and second in the two intermediate sprints to also take the early lead in that contest.

Round Two of the Johnson Health Tech Women’s Grand Prix Series takes place in Stoke-on-Trent on Tuesday 7th June, where Barnes and Motorpoint Pro Cycling will be hoping to continue in their winning ways in front of a home crowd.
Round One, Peterborough, Results:
Individual Results

  1. Hannah Barnes                Motorpoint Pro Cycling
  2. Helen Wyman                  Kona Factory Racing
  3. Lucy Garner                     Motorpoint Pro Cycling
  4. Penny Rowson                Horizon Fitness RT
  5. Rohan Battison                For Viored Brookes
  6. Hannah Walker                Motorpoint Pro Cycling
  7. Hannah Rich                     Horizon Fitness RT
  8. Alice Barnes                      Motorpoint Pro Cycling
  9. Charlotte Colclough       For Viored Brookes
  10. Ceri Dipple                         Twenty3c Orbea

Team Winner

  1. Motorpoint Pro Cycling

Sprints Winner

  1. Hannah Barnes          Motorpoint Pro Cycling

Individual Standings, after Round One

  1. Hannah Barnes               Motorpoint Pro Cycling            25pts
  2. Helen Wyman                 Kona Factory Racing                  22pts
  3. Lucy Garner                    Motorpoint Pro Cycling            20pts
  4. Penny Rowson               Horizon Fitness RT                      19pts
  5. Rohan Battison              For Viored Brookes                     18pts
  6. Hannah Walker              Motorpoint Pro Cycling            17pts
  7. Hannah Rich                   Horizon Fitness RT                      16pts
  8. Alice Barnes                    Motorpoint Pro Cycling            15pts
  9. Charlotte Colclough     For Viored Brookes                    14pts
  10. Ceri Dipple                       Twenty3c Orbea                           13pts

Team Standings, after Round One

  1. Motorpoint Pro Cycling          62pts
  2. For Viored Brookes                  42pts
  3. Horizon Fitness RT                   39pts
  4. Condor Cycles                            19pts

Sprint Standings, after Round One

  1. Hannah Barnes             Motorpoint Pro Cycling          9pts
  2. Rohan Battison             For Viored Brookes                  5pts
  3. Hannah Rich                  Horizon Fitness RT                   4pts

For more information from the Halfords Tour Series, visit: www.tourseries.co.uk And for more images from the racing, visit Velo UK.

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Comments
  1. […] Round One winner Hannah Barnes took the honours at the opening sprint of the evening, pipping Hannah Rich to the line, with Wyman in third.  With neither Barnes nor Rich scoring at the second sprint and Wyman only taking fourth, Barnes moved back into the lead of the competition, albeit tied on points with Rich, but donning the jersey thanks to her sprint win on the night. […]

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