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Pearl Izumi Tour Series - Team Line up
By Mark Sharon
Date: 2/28/2014
Pearl Izumi Tour Series - Team Line up
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28 February, 2014

Pearl Izumi Tour Series - Team Line up

The eight squads that will contest this year's Pearl Izumi Tour Series, Britain's unique team-based cycle race Series, were been unveiled at Madison's iceBike Show yesterday (Thursday 27th February).

Riders from six of the eight teams who will contents the full Series were present at the trade show to help to officially launch the 2014 Series, the sixth season of televised, team based racing in Britain's town and city centres.

Series Director Mick Bennett flanked by represnetatives of the teams

 Two previous Tour Series Champions in Rapha Condor JLT and Velosure Giordana lead the way, with Felix English and Steve Lampier respectively in attendance at iceBike.  The UK's three other UCI Continental registered teams, Madison Genesis (represented by Liam Holohan), Team Raleigh (represented by Liam Stones) and NFTO Pro Cycling will also join them in the Series, the latter of whom will make their full Series debuts at Round One in Stoke-on-Trent, and brought former UCI World Tour rider Adam Blythe to confirm their participation.
Also making their full Pearl Izumi Tour Series will be Fleet-based Pedal Heaven Colbornes, who step up having raced as a guest team in previous seasons, with Lewis Atkins representing the team at the launch.
Having made their debut in 2013, Starley Primal return with a new look and an expanded line-up, while Series stalwarts Metaltek Cycling return having won their first ever round last year, and with David Povall, the man behind Team UK Youth's 2013 success at the helm.
The full list of teams for the full season is as follows: 

    1. Madison Genesis
    2. Metaltek Cycling >
    3. NFTO Pro Cycling
    4. Pedal Heaven Colbornes RT
    5. Rapha Condor JLT
    6. Starley Primal Pro Cycling
    7. Team Raleigh
    8. Velosure Giordana

Each team will field five riders from their pre-nominated ten rider squads, with the Series retaining the successful format that bases a team's result on their first three riders to cross the line.

Details of guest teams who will take part in selected rounds of the 2014 Pearl Izumi Tour Series will be announced in the coming weeks.

Past winners of The Pearl Izumi Tour Series are Team Halfords Bikehut (2009), Motorpoint Marshalls Pasta (2010), Rapha Condor Sharp (2011), Endura Racing (2012) and Team UK Youth (2013).

The Pearl Izumi Tour Series 2014
Round One                   Tuesday 13 May            Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire (includes Team Time Trial)
Round Two                   Thursday 15 May           Barrow, Cumbria
Round Three                 Tuesday 20 May            Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Round Four                   Friday 23 May               Aberystwyth, Ceredigion
Round Five                   Tuesday 27 May            Durham, County Durham
Round Six                     Thursday 29 May           Edinburgh, Lothian
Round Seven                Tuesday 3 June             Redditch, Worcestershire
Round Eight                  Thursday 5 June            Canary Wharf, London
Round Nine                   Tuesday 10 June           Woking, Surrey
Round Ten                    Friday 13 June              Gorey, Jersey (includes Hill Climb event)


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