NEWPORT cyclist Jon Mould claimed a fantastic victory in round one of the 2014 Pearl Izumi Tour Series in Stoke yesterday.
The 23-year-old took on the field single-handedly early on in the circuit race, attacking from a breakaway to lap the majority of the field for his second ever Tour Series individual win.
Mould’s team NFTO Pro Cycling also came away in the lead of the team-based Series.
The Hereford-based team took second place in both the afternoon's team time trial event, and the evening's circuit race to edge clear of Rapha Condor JLT on countback to the highest finishing position in the criterium.
And they claimed an individual win thanks to Mould who lapped everyone from fifth downwards.
He attacked from a breakaway group of ten riders early on to win by just under 50 seconds.
Behind Mould it was Alex Peters and Tobyn Horton who pipped Kristian House in a three-up sprint for the remaining podium spots, with NFTO's Dean Downing leading in a group of five who were lapped by Mould late on in the race.
Mould leads the overall sprint standings after round one on 15 points ahead of House on seven points and Peters on six.
The Stoke event was the first of ten city and town centre circuit races across Britain over the next five weeks.
The next part of the Tour Series is in Barrow tomorrow before the tour moves on to Peterborough on Tuesday, Aberystwyth on May 23, then Durham, Edinburgh, Redditch, Canary Wharf, Woking and finally Jersey on June 13.
Highlights of Mould’s win can be seen on ITV 4 tonight at 10.30pm.