RECORD-BREAKER Jon Mould crashed out dramatically on his final race of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series in Portsmouth last night.
The 25-year-old had been the hot favourite to clinch the five-week series title for JLT Condor in style, having already claimed victory in six of the nine previous stages.
However, midway through the action, in-form Mould lost control of his bike, dashing hopes of continuing his record-breaking winning streak.
‘I ran out of skill coming round the corner – I was just going too fast. But I’m really not disappointed.’ he said.
‘I’ve won six of the races which is amazing. The most I had ever won was three in 2014. So I feel really good.’
Despite the slip-up for Mould, his team won the overall series, having dominated throughout.
They staved off stiff competition from Madison Genesis and Pedal Heaven, who were the winning team of the leg on the night.
Mould added: ‘This is a brilliant achievement for us.’
Race director Mick Bennett said the series had been a stunning success.
‘Events like these will help to inspire a generation of new cyclists,’ said the two-time Olympic bronze medallist.
‘It’s okay watching the professionals as they’re the icing on the cake but the most important thing is seeing the children and all of the people that come here becoming inspired.
‘Hopefully they will go back to school and do a project about cycling on join their local club.
‘It’s youngsters like that who are the future of the sport.’
Frenchman Alex Blain, of Madison Genesis claimed individual victory in Portsmouth on the night.
‘We have done the perfect race today,’ a jubilant Blain said.
In the Matrix Fitness Grand Prix, Podium Ambition chased down pre-race leaders Drops Cycling for top spot and a stunning overall series win.
Grace Garner showed her class, winning the series’ individual title, while promising junior rider Jessica Roberts, 17, excelled, claiming victory of the final stage in Portsmouth.
Barney Storey, Podium’s team manager, was thrilled with the win and his squad’s effort.
‘We have been chasing the team competition for the whole series,’ he told The News.
– TOM COTTERILL