Tour de France 2023 – Škoda at the Race

2023 marks 20 years of supplying the Tour de France ‘red car’ – the most famous car in cycling.

The Daily Peloton continues its Tour de France preview with a look at this year’s model, the all electric Škoda Enyaq iV and receives some insight into life on the road with full time occupants, race director Christian Prudhomme and driver Gilles Maignan.

Škoda‘s first car supplied to the Tour de France in 2004, used by then Director of the Tour de France, Jean-Marie Leblanc, was a Superb Mk1, a diesel with a top speed of 134mph. For this year’s event the Tour de France is using the Škoda Enyaq iV all electric which debuted at the race on three stages in 2020.

2004 Red Car – Škoda Superb Gen I2023 Red Car – Škoda Enyaq iV
Manual transmissionAutomatic transmission
140 PS201 PS
9.9s 0-62mph8.5s 0-62mph
134 mph top speed99 mph top speed

Christian Prudhomme, Director of the Tour de France, commented: Škoda is an important partner of the Tour de France and the Škoda car number 1 is my office for each stage. The car is a sort of control tower that receives all the information of what is happening on the race route before the arrival of the riders (demonstrations, potential blockage, road and weather conditions).

“Over the course of the 3,500 km race I can spend anywhere between two to nine hours in the car number 1 each day. Needless to say I do spend a large portion of the month of July in the back seat of a Škoda.”

The race director’s Škoda Enyaq iV is not the same as you would pickup from your local showroom. It is a conversion from an Enyaq SportLine carried out by prototype builders Best Modell, under the supervision of Škoda engineers. As part of the transformation, a sunroof was installed above the rear seats while the standard roof bars were made higher to make them easier to hold when the car was in motion. The conversion team also had to design and source a new centre console and cooling cabinet for the traditional bottle of champagne. To ensure that the vehicle’s additional equipment didn’t affect the Enyaq’s driving range, the team installed two 75 ampere batteries in the boot floor. The design was completed by new champagne flute holders, designed and 3D printed in-house by Best Modell.

Škoda Enyaq iV with Race Director Christian Prudhomme

In addition to the body modifications, the Enyaq comes with a number of features that increase its environmental credentials. Among these are special tyres developed by Continental (Major Partner of the Tour de France) specifically for the Enyaq. Used on all Enyaq support models on the event, the special tyres feature carcasses made entirely from recycled PET materials.

Q&A with Christian Prudhomme, Director of the Tour de France

How important is the role of the lead car to ensure the race runs smoothly?

Each car has a vital role in the smooth running of the race. Whether it be a Director or a Commissaire car, everyone plays their role to ensure the safe running of the Tour de France for all the parties involved. Car number 1 is a sort of control tower that receives all the information of what is happening on the race route before the arrival of the riders.

How do you work with Škoda to improve the car to support you in your role?

Škoda is an important partner and plays a key and obvious role in the organisation of the Tour de France due to the fact that it is an event where we are almost constantly on the move. We ensure to collect our feedback and share it with Škoda so they can best adapt (if needed) their vehicles for the very specific usage that we have on the Tour de France.

Q&A with Gilles Maignan, Driver of Race Direction Car Number 1

The Race Direction Car Number 1 is driven by two-time French time trial champion, Gilles Maignan. Maignan retired from the sport in 2001 and was asked by Christian Prudhomme to be his driver after he had previously driven him in a VIP car during Prudhomme’s days working for French TV.

In order to take this important role within the race, Maignan first had to obtain an FCC driving license and is required to attend training sessions specific to driving in the Tour de France. Professional cyclists are often recruited to drive inside the race as they know how to anticipate and react according to the movements of the cyclists and peloton. Each year the lead car driver schedules debrief sessions with Škoda to share feedback gathered from all Tour drivers to help improve the vehicles for future Tours.

What are the best car developments over the years that have benefited you?

The switch to automatic gearboxes has really simplified the driving from inside a cycling race, especially for uphill portions. Also, the dashboard on the Superb shows exactly how many kilometres you have driven to the first decimal, which is very important in a cycling race to know how far you are from the finish. We have recently switched to hybrid vehicles which allows me to be in electric mode between the Fictive Start and Real Start of each stage, which is appreciated by the riders who have to stay right behind me on this section.

How does it feel to lead the peloton?

It changes a bit from back when I was a rider. I have an important responsibility to lead out the best riders on the biggest professional cycling race in the world and my job is to help Christian Prudhomme ensure a safe race for everyone, including the spectators.

How do the cars communicate with each other and how has it changed?

This is done through radio communication as it has proven to be the most effective and direct way to communicate, especially when you reach some very remote areas of France where telephone signal can be scarce.

Are there any speed limits that need to be adhered to?

Yes, we cannot go over 50 mph (80 km/h) except for the downhills if a rider is catching up to me. However, the main rule imposed by the UCI is that we cannot go over 12mph (20km/h) faster than the speed of riders.

The Tour de France runs from 1-23 July, starting in the Basque city of Bilbao and finishing on the iconic Champs Elysee in Paris. The race, comprising 21 stages and covering a distance of 3,404-km, features five mountain stages and a sole time-trial of 22km on stage 16. The official race website is here.

Tour de France 2023 – Race Route and Team List

The Tour de France runs from 1-23 July, starting in the Basque city of Bilbao and finishing on the iconic Champs Elysee in Paris. The race, comprising 21 stages and covering a distance of 3,404-km, features five mountain stages and a sole time-trial of 22km on stage 16.

Stage List

DateStage # Start- FinishDistance
01/07Stage 1 | Bilbao – Bilbao182
02/07Stage 2 | Vitoria-Gasteiz – San Sébastián209
03/07Stage 3 | Amorebieta-Etxano – Bayonne185
04/07Stage 4 | Dax – Nogaro182
05/07Stage 5 | Pau – Laruns165
06/07Stage 6 | Tarbes – Cauterets-Cambasque145
07/07Stage 7 | Mont-de-Marsan – Bordeaux170
08/07Stage 8 | Libourne – Limoges201
09/07Stage 9 | Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat – Puy de Dôme184
10/07Rest Day
11/07Stage 10 | Vulcania – Issoire167
12/07Stage 11 | Clermont-Ferrand – Moulins180
13/07Stage 12 | Roanne – Belleville-en-Beaujolais169
14/07Stage 13 | Châtillon-Sur-Chalaronne – Grand Colombier138
15/07Stage 14 | Annemasse – Morzine les Portes du Soleil152
16/07Stage 15 | Les Gets les Portes du Soleil – Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc180
17/07Rest Day
18/07Stage 16 (ITT) | Passy – Combloux22
19/07Stage 17 | Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc – Courchevel166
20/07Stage 18 | Moûtiers – Bourg-en-Bresse186
21/07Stage 19 | Moirans-en-Montagne – Poligny173
22/07Stage 20 | Belfort – Le Markstein133
23/07Stage 21 | Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines – Paris115

Stage details can be found on the official Tour de France website here

Team List (correct as at 30 June 2023)

London is all about being Kool

Dutch sprinter Charlotte Kool bounced back from a bad crash on the previous stage to win the final stage at the Ford RideLondon Classique on The Mall on Sunday. Kool (Team DSM) also cemented her win of the race overall, 11#” ahead of American Chloe Dygert (Canyon//SRAM Racing) who swapped places on GC with Elizabeth Deignan (Trek – Segafredo) after the Brit after time bonuses were applied.

Charlotte Kool of Team DSM (NED) celebrates winning the Ford RideLondon Classique on The Mall on Sunday 28th May 2023. Photo: Bob Martin © London Marathon Events

While it was odds on on for a bunch sprint the crowds were still treated to a break of three chancing their luck. The trio of Sofie van Rooijen (Parkhotel Valkenburg), Victoire Berteau (Cofidis Women Team) and Grace Lister (DAS-Handsling Bikes) broke away on the fifth of the eight 11.1km laps of the Central London circuit. Within a lap they had built, or been allowed, a lead of more than one minute making Berteau the virtual overall race leader.

Their bid for glory was over by the time the race crossed the finish line on the Mall for the penultimate time. Aussie Sarah Roy (Canyon//SRAM Racing) tried to defy the fates with a late attack but was reeled back in swiftly.

Rounding the corner in front of Buckingham Palace the sprinters batlle reached its climax. UAE Team ADQ lead the peloton onto the Mall with Team DSM on their wheel. Canyon/SRAM Racing took the lead punching for the line a long way out. Chloé Dygert covers the final 100m in the lead but down her right hand side Kool is going faster and overtakes with 20 metres to go to take a narrow victory.

The victory is Kool’ssixth race win of the season but is the first WorldTour stage race general classification success of her career.

“I was in a lot of pain this morning but I think in the race I switched it off and then the team delivered me perfectly, this is really a team win,” she explained, wearing her race winner’s jersey after the podium ceremony.

Explaining the tactics going on in the peloton behind the break she said, “I was quite confident because it was not on us because Canyon needed the seconds to move up in GC. For us it was actually the perfect situation, the bonus seconds were gone, so actually we stayed really calm and they made the chase. Even Trek helped so that was fine for us in the end.” And despite Canyon//SRAM Racing taking the sprint on early on The Mall she remained in control.

“I think I could expect that because she did it before and I just tried to wait as long as possible then I knew I had to go. It was a hard one but I am really happy that I could win the stage also.”

Full results here on

Giro d’Italia Final: Roglic Eternally in Pink. Cavendish conquers Rome.

Stage 21 (Final): Roma to Roma (126km)

Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) sealed the overall win in Rome this Sunday, while Mark Cavendish riding his last Giro finally claimed the stage win that eluded him through the Italy campaign.

Cavendish enjoyed a lead out from an unlikely source in his bid for glory, none other than long term friend Geraint Thomas. The Manx man took full advantage of the Welsh gift and powered ahead to beat Alex Kirsch (Trek – Segafredo) and Filippo Fiorelli (Green Project – Bardiani CSF – Faizanè) who finished second and third respectively.

Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the stage winner Mark Cavendish said: “I am super happy, it’s been an incredible day. My team mates have done a great job. My first win was in 2008, to be here again it’s unbelievable. It was very nice to see a lot of colleagues and friends happy for me after the finish like Geraint Thomas.”

Photo credit: Giro d’Italia

Roglič just had to ensure that he finished near the front in Rome to secure his first giro victory so the day was a relaxed affair for most of the peloton which allowed a break of

Giro d’Italia winner Primož Roglič said in the press conference: “There’s so much emotion going on after my time trial win yesterday. This was my first time in Rome. The scenery is incredible. It makes me happy to be part of the history with the position I have and I want to say a big thanks to everyone involved. Every Grand Tour is a challenge. I can’t compare my win at the Giro with the Tour or La Vuelta. The Giro was what I was hunting for this year. I wish it was easier to win but it was a pleasure to fight with Geraint Thomas who is a good friend of mine. Having beaten him here won’t affect our relationship.”

1 – Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma)
2 – Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) at 14″
3 – João Pedro Gonçalves Almeida (UAE Team Emirates) at 1’15”
4 – Damiano Caruso (Bahrain – Victorious) at 4’40”
5 – Thibaut Pinot (Groupama – FDJ) at 5’43”

The leader jerseys of the Giro d’Italia are designed by CASTELLI and produced with SITIP recycled fabrics.

  • Maglia Rosa, leader of the General Classification, sponsored by Enel – Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma)
  • Maglia Ciclamino, leader of the Points Classification, sponsored by Agenzia ICE with the brand – Jonathan Milan (Bahrain – Victorious)
  • Maglia Azzurra, leader of the Gran Premio della Montagna, sponsored by Banca Mediolanum – Thibaut Pinot (Groupama – FDJ)
  • Maglia Bianca, Best Young Rider, sponsored by Intimissimi Uomo – João Pedro Gonçalves Almeida (UAE Team Emirates)

Final GC and Stage 21 Results

Full results here on

Cavendish, Bilbao, Groenewegen and Viviani confirmed for the UAE Tour

United Arab Emirates, 17 February 2023 – Abu Dhabi Sports Council, the organisers of the UAE Tour, are pleased to announce four more top riders expected to be among the protagonists in the fifth edition of the UAE Tour, taking place from 20-26 February.

Third in the GC in 2022, Pello Bilbao (Bahrain – Victorious) returns to target Jebel Jais and Jebel Hafeet summit finishes, whilst Mark Cavendish (Astana Qazaqstan Team), Dylan Groenewegen (Team Jayco Alula) and Elia Viviani (INEOS Grenadiers) are ready to battle it out for the the sprint crown.

Mark Cavendish, who joined Astana Qazaqstan Team from Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team this season, is the reigning British champion and former world champion (2011), has a glittering history in the UAE, having taken seven victories in his five previous visits. His most recent win at the race was in 2022 UAE Tour, when he edged out Jasper Philipsen on the Abu Dhabi Breakwater to win Stage 2. With an impressive total of 34 Tour de France stage wins, Cavendish shares the record of all-time stage wins with cycling legend Eddy Merckx.

Mark Cavendish
Mark Cavendish ©Astana Qazaqstan Team

Pello Bilbao (Bahrain – Victorious) returns to the UAE 12 months after securing third place in the General Classification. Bilbao’s podium finish resulted from a great performance on the Jebel Hafeet climb, where claimed the third spot behind eventual race winner Tadej Pogačar and runner-up Adam Yates. A two-time stage winner at the Giro d’Italia, Bilbao kicked off his palmares this season by winning Stage 3 of the Santos Tour Down Under, and is now ready to show his form at the fifth edition of the UAE Tour. 

Photo LaPresse – Fabio Ferrari February 26, 2022 Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) Sport Cycling UAE Tour 2022 -MUBADALA STAGE- Stage 7 – Al Jahili Fort at Jebel Hafeet – 91 miles In the pic:Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates),Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers) ,Pello Bilbao (Bahrain Victorious)

Dylan Groenewegen (Team Jayco Alula) is just one of the many top sprinters expected to shine during the four stages which look suited to sprinters of this year’s race. The Dutchman is a five-time stage winner of the Tour de France (between 2017 to 2022), and has already had success at the UAE Tour, having won Stage 4 in 2020. This year he already has a win, taking Stage 1 of the Saudi Tour, and will now be looking for more success in  the one and only UCI WorldTour race in the Middle East.

Saudi Tour 2023 – 3rd edition – 1st stage AlUla International Airport – Khaybar 180,5 km – 30/01/2023 – Dylan Groenewegen (NED – Team Jayco AlUla) – photo Luca Bettini/SprintCyclingAgency©2023

Elia Viviani (INEOS Grenadiers) will also be on the hunt for stage wins at this year’s race. The Italian first rode the UAE Tour in 2019, taking a stage victory and the sprinter’s green jersey as part of Deceuninck – Quick Step . Winner of the 2018 Dubai Tour, five stages at the Giro d’Italia, one stage at the Tour de France, and Olympic Champion in the omnium at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Viviani heads to the UAE to target wins in stages 1,4,5 and 6.

Vuelta a San Juan 2023 – Training Day 1 – San Juan – 20/01/2023 – Elia Viviani (ITA – INEOS Grenadiers) – photo Roberto Bettini/SprintCyclingAgency©2023

Tour of Britain 2023 Set For Welsh Finish

Tour of Britain 2023 to finish in Wales as new long term agreement unveiled.

Nic Dlamini and Rory Townsend battle it out during the 2018 Tour of Britain in Wales (

The Tour of Britain organisers Sweetspot have signed a long term deal with the Welsh Government to bring the UK’s biggest professional cycle race to Wales over the next four years.

The agreement, which began with the 2022 Women’s Tour stage between Wrexham and Welshpool in June, will secure future visits of both races to the principality. The venue for the 2023 finish is yet to be disclosed but is scheduled for Sunday 10 September 2023. It will be the 16th of the modern race that will have taken place in Wales since its return to the calendar in 2004. A further five stages of the Women’s Tour have also been hosted by Welsh regions since the race’s inaugural 2014 edition.

Welsh Government Economy Minister, Vaughan Gething, said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming the Tour of Britain back again next year – and to our longer-term partnership with the Tour.  Wales’ credentials for hosting cycling events is now well-established. The Tour of Britain and Women’s Tour are the perfect showcase for our landscape and the welcome we provide to the competitors and spectators and we look forward to working with our Local Authority partners as the Tour of Britain continues to reach all points of Wales.”

Following the hosting of the final stage of the 2023 Tour of Britain, the agreement will see the 2024 Women’s Tour start in Wales for the first time ever.  In 2025 it will be the turn of the men’s Tour of Britain to start in Wales for the first time since 2018, and then 2026 will see the Women’s Tour’s overall finish in Wales for the first time in seven years.

Anne Adams-King, Welsh Cycling CEO, said: “It’s great news that the Tour of Britain will visit Wales again for 2023 and that the race and the Women’s Tour have secured a longer-term partnership with Welsh Government. We hope this news will help boost the popularity of cycling in Wales and help inspire the younger generation to take up their bikes.”

Mick Bennett, Tour of Britain and Women’s Tour race director, said: “We are delighted to be extending our partnership with the Welsh Government and to be bringing the final stage of the 2023 Tour of Britain to Wales.

“The long-term support of the Welsh Government is invaluable in allowing us to plan for future stages of the races in Wales. Together we are working to reach as many parts of Wales as possible with both races over the next few years in order to give as many fans as possible the chance to see the Tour of Britain and Women’s Tour.”

Promo video – courtesy of the Tour of Britain

Since 2004 the Tour of Britain and Women’s Tour of together have visited 18 of the 22 local authority regions in the country covering almost 1800 miles (3,000 kilometres) of racing in Wales, visiting the cities of Cardiff, Newport, Swansea, and Wrexham, as well as the Snowdonia and Brecon Beacons National Parks. 

According to independent reports by the Frontline agency the benefit to the Welsh economy has been in the tens of millions of pounds. The race has also enabled the showcase of both community projects and Wales’ rich portfolio of tourist attractions, from the revamped Carmarthenshire velodrome and the national closed road cycle circuit at Pembrey County Park in Carmarthenshire, to the National Botanic Gardens of Wales and the Great Orme.

Tour of Britain organisers hope to build on the support from the hundreds of thousands of road-side fans and millions more on TV. Since 2012, 12 stages of the men’s Tour of Britain and two stages of Women’s Tour in Wales have been broadcast live, reaching millions of viewers in the UK and around the world. Every stage held in Wales has also enjoyed free-to-air highlights broadcast in Britain.

Further details of the final stage of the Tour of Britain 2023 will be announced in the New Year, with more information on the host venues and routes for the Welsh stages of future editions of both races to be unveiled in due course

Tour de France 2022 Stage 14

Stage 14 Saint-Etienne›Mende (192.5km)

Mende, Saturday, July 16th  – Michael Matthews won again at the Tour de France five years after the last time. Second at Longwy and Lausanne, he became the second Australian to win a stage after Simon Clarke on stage 5 and the second rider from Team BikeExchange-Jayco to win a stage after Dylan Groenewegen on stage 3. The sprinter from Canberra rode as an attacker to finish solo after the Côte de la Croix-Neuve in Mende while Alberto Bettiol and Thibaut Pinot rounded out the podium.

16/07/2022 – Tour de France 2022 – Stage 14 – Saint-Etienne / Mende (192,5km) – Stage Winner Michael MATTHEWS (TEAM BIKEESCHANGE-JAYCO)
Photo: ASO/Pauline Ballet

Video: Stage Summary (courtesy ASO)

Stage 14 Profile

Route profile Stage 14

Stage 14 Results: Top 10. (Full result here)

Tour de France 2022 Stage 5

Chaos on the Cobbles

Young rider leader Pogacar shattered rivals plans with a well crafted ride on the cobbles of Northern France while veteran Australian Simon Clarke took a maiden Tour de France stage victory at age 35.

06/07/2022 – Tour de France 2022 – Stage 5 – Lille Métropole / Arenberg Porte du Hainaut (153,7km) – Stage winner CLARKE Simon (ISRAEL-PREMIER TECH)
Photo: A.S.O. / Charly Lopez

Arenberg Porte du Hainaut, Wednesday, July 6th  – Australia’s Simon Clarke claimed his maiden Tour de France stage victory as the early breakaway survived to the line. The Israel-Premier Tech veteran, aged 35, pipped Taco van der Hoorn on the line while Edvald Boasson Hagen rounded out the podium. Wout van Aert who crashed before the cobbled sector and waited for Jonas took third spot.

The yellow jersey battle took a new twist with a big re-jig at the top of the standings. While Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) who had punctured retained the yellow jersey by a margin of 13 seconds over breakaway member Neilson Powless a late attack by Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) in the company of Jasper Stuyven (Trek – Segafredo) saw the UAE rider move into third and extend the gap to rivals such as Vingegaard.

How it happened

Edvald Boasson Hagen (TotalEnergies), Magnus Cort and Neilson Powless (EF Education-Easypost), Taco van der Hoorn (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux), Simon Clarke (Israel-Premier Tech) and Alexis Gougeard (B&B Hotels-KTM) entered the second cobbled sector with an advantage of 3’25”.

Clarke described what it meant to win his first Tour de France stage: “I mean, after winter I had, I had no team and Israel-Premier Tech rang me up. I was given that chance… Today is the reality check that everything can happen if you take the opportunity. The first few days of the Tour, I was looking after the team. But this morning, the team director said: ‘Clarkey, today is a breakaway day!’ The stages I won at La Vuelta and the pink jersey I had at the Giro all came in the first week of the race. So I thought today was maybe the day… But I still can’t believe it. I passed Taco less than 50 meters to go. I gave my bike the biggest throw I could. My stages at La Vuelta came in similar finishes. I chose to sit back and hope for the other guys to crack before. I really had to chase Edvald down. We’ve been sprinting since the last corner. I went as hard as I could until the line. I moved to Europe for racing when I was 16 and I’ll turn 36 on the second rest day of the Tour, so after 20 years, now the dream comes true. Hi to everyone in Australia and thanks for the support through all those years!”

06/07/2022 – Tour de France 2022 – Stage 5 – Lille Metropole / Arenberg Porte du Hainaut (153,7km) – Race leader Wout VAN AERT (JUMBO – VISMA)
Route profile with the 11 cobbled sectors

Stage 5 Results: Top 10. (Full result here)

Tour Series 2022: Final

PRO-NOCTIS and WIV SUNGOD crowned Tour Series Champions in Manchester

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Three weeks of intense racing saw Pro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes p/b Heidi Kjeldsen and Wiv SunGod crowned Tour Series champions in Manchester city centre on Tuesday night

For the men of Wiv SunGod it was a third series title, following on from wins in 2018 and 2019, while for the Pro-Noctis team of British circuit race champion Jo Tindley it was a first crown, having been narrowly denied in the final event in 2021. Tour Series – Round 7 Grand Final: Manchester – Women’s Race – Pro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes p/b Heidi Kjeldsen and Wiv SunGod
Picture by Will Palmer/ – 24/05/2022

Round 7 (Final) Women’s Event

Second place on the night behind Team Boompods ensured the inaugural title for Pro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes p/b Heidi Kjeldsen, a comfortable victory having finished in the top two positions at all seven rounds and held the lead from round one in Guisborough.

Speaking afterwards Bexy Dew said; “Morale has been really high throughout.  We worked really well together and have analysed and talked about each round afterwards and how we can improve as a team. I think that’s what’s made us stronger each round, and we finished on a high today.

“I’m not sure having the jerseys all series added to the pressure. I think it added to the enjoyment and the excitement of the whole thing.” Tour Series – Round 7 Grand Final: Manchester – Women’s Race
Emma Jeffers of Jadan – Vive le Velo celebrates the win.
Picture by Will Palmer/ – 24/05/2022 Tour Series – Round 7 Grand Final: Manchester – Women’s Race – Amy Gornall of Pro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes p/b Heidi Kjeldsen and Gaby Shaw of Team Spectra Wiggle p/b Vitus.
Picture by Simon Wilkinson/ – 24/05/2022

In the women’s race there was a second win of the series for 17-year-old Emma Jeffers (Jadan – Vive Le Velo), who sprinted home on Deansgate ahead of Sammie Stuart (Team LDN – Brother UK) and Lucy Harris (Team Boompods).

Stuart led through the final corner but on the 150-metre run to the line Jeffers came past to cross the line arms aloft and also take the fastest lap.

“This is the one I was aiming for, and I managed to pull it off,” said Jeffers.

“Pro-Noctis had three girls in the front, and then a Boompods girl attacked.  Then Sammie [Stuart] counter attacked coming into the second to last corner. I just held onto Sammie’s wheel and managed to get around her on that last straight and hold it.”

Having taken the overall Tour Series title with her Pro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes p/b Heidi Kjeldsen team, Tindley also added the Sprints competition, defending a jersey that she also took in 2021.


Round 7 (Final) Men’s Event Tour Series – Round 7 Grand Final: Manchester – Men’s Race – Wiv SunGod celebrate the win.
Picture by Will Palmer/ – 24/05/2022

Wiv SunGod, who also have led the series since the opening event, sealed their title in style with Matt Bostock winning his second round of 2022 by 11.5 seconds at the head of a team 1-2-3. Tour Series – Round 7 Grand Final: Manchester – Men’s Race – Matt Bostock of Wiv SunGod celebrates the win.
Picture by Will Palmer/ – 24/05/2022

Stockport-based Bostock broke away mid-race, countering after team-mate Ollie Wood’s solo move had been captured, helping seal the Sprints competition.

“It was the perfect way to finish, it doesn’t get much better than winning solo as well” said Bostock.  “I think as a team we just ripped it up, couldn’t have been any better.

“The atmosphere was amazing, I wish I’d taken it in a bit more, but I was seeing double and my legs were screaming. It was a bit of a blur but the noise and the crowd was just mega.”

At the finish, behind Bostock, Wood and then Matt Gibson led in a 10-rider group, with Harry and Charlie Tanfield in fourth and fifth for Ribble Weldtite, who finished as runners up, four points back from Wiv SunGod, with Wales Racing Academy in third overall.

“The individual results don’t matter as much,” continued Bostock. “Because the team prize is the main thing. But it’s really good to get your hands in the air and I think we’ve won maybe four rounds out of the seven, so it couldn’t be much better.

“It speaks volumes that we’ve had three different winners, and we’ve basically shared them out so that says a lot about how strong of a team we’ve got.  It’s almost a shame we couldn’t give everyone a win, because I think everyone’s deserved one. I don’t think we’ve had one bad night.”

Top Tour Series 2022 schedule

  • Round one | Guisborough | Monday 2 May
  • Round two | Galashiels | Wednesday 4 May
  • Round three | Sunderland | Tuesday 10 May
  • Round four | Stranraer | Thursday 12 May
  • Round five | Clacton-on-Sea | Thursday 19 May
  • Round six | Barking | Saturday 21 May
  • Grand Final | Manchester | Tuesday 24 May


Stage 10: Pescara to Jesi, 196km

BINIAM GIRMAY out sprinted Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix to become the first Eritrean to take a stage at a Giro. In a cruel twist of fate the 22 year old Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux rider was immediately sidelined after taking a cork in the eye from the celebratory Prosecco.

Foto Massimo Paolone/LaPresse 17 Maggio 2022 Pescara sport ciclismo Giro d’Italia 2022 – edizione 105 Tappa 10 Pescara – Jesi Nella foto: Photo Massimo Paolone/LaPresse May 17, 2022 Pescara sport Cycling Giro d’Italia 2022 – 105th edition Stage 10 Pescara – Jesi In the pic:

Eritrea’s Biniam Girmay made the best of his duel with Mathieu van der Poel to become the first Eritrean stage winner at the Giro d’Italia, one and half months after he made history in the northern classics, winning Gent-Wevelgem. It was a very competitive stage, heading to Michele Scarponi’s native town of Jesi. Italy’s Vincenzo Albanese rounded off the podium and Juan Pedro Lopez retained the Maglia Rosa.

Biniam Girmay had to skip the post-podium press conference to go to hospital after an incident on stage, however straight after the finish he said: “I started the Giro with the desire to win a stage. Everyone from the team pulled for me today, even the GC riders, Domenico Pozzovivo was amazing at the end. At 600m to go, he said: ‘come’. He pushed me to go and win. I realize I’m making history but it’s thanks to my team and my family. I’m really grateful to them.”

Juan Pedro Lopez, who pulled on the maglia rosa for the eight straight day said in the press conference: “When we passed Filottrano, I started to cry. I didn’t get to know Michele Scarponi but I know his family and there were a lot of emotions. I was lucky enough to meet Biniam Girmay three or four years ago. We’ve maintained a good relationship since then. We also keep in touch via social media. He makes history today. Moreover, he’s a very humble and amicable person. As for myself, I enjoy every day and every kilometre in the Maglia Rosa. I don’t know for how much longer but tomorrow I’m sure I’ll enjoy again.”

Stage 10: Top 10 results.

Full results here