Clancy: New-look Tour Series the most unpredictable yet

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Ed Clancy expects the 2015 Pearl Izumi Tour Series to be the most unpredictable yet.

The double Olympic and five-time world champion on the track is warming up for the curtain-raiser on the Isle of Wight tomorrow.

Ed Clancy, second left, with his Condor-JLT team-mates and ONE Pro Cycling's Jon Mould, third right, ahead of round one of the Tour Series in Ryde. Picture: Ian Hargreaves

Ed Clancy, second left, with his Condor-JLT team-mates and ONE Pro Cycling's Jon Mould, third right, ahead of round one of the Tour Series in Ryde. Picture: Ian Hargreaves

Clancy, 30, will join Kristian House, Felix English, Richard Lang and Graham Briggs in the Condor-JLT team for round one in Ryde.

But while they carried off the crown last summer, retaining it will be a different matter.

Clancy believes the new scoring system, where race success is determined by the combined finishing time of all five riders, will prompt a crucial change in tactics.

He said: ‘You need a strong team.

‘But every single rider who starts has to finish, which makes it very unusual.

‘You often have a team of eight or nine getting behind one guy, who is trying to cross the line first.

‘In previous years three of the five guys in each team have been counters.

‘This year it is five out of five, so there will be different tactics altogether.

‘So to tell you the truth, I don’t know what is going to happen!’

Madison Genesis and ONE Pro Cycling will be among the biggest rivals for Condor-JLT.

But regardless of where the silverware ends up, Clancy is confident cycling fans are in for an exciting battle in round one tomorrow.

‘Hopefully we can have a good Tour Series,’ said the British team pursuit star, who has one eye on Rio 2016.

‘We have traditionally done well in this type of racing.

‘We are all looking forward to the challenge.

‘The great thing about town centre criterium races is that they are short courses with the riders round every minute, minute and a half.

‘The racing is generally very tight-packed with close finishes, so it is all exciting stuff.

‘Road racing is great but you are often waiting around for hours to see the riders flash past and then it’s gone.

‘But you can follow the Tour Series from start to finish.

‘Even someone with a short attention span like myself can keep up with it.’

Round one of the Tour Series begins with a team time trial at 3pm tomorrow.

The main event, the criterium race which last for an hour plus five laps, then takes centre stage at 7.30pm.

Clancy has claimed six individual victories since the Tour Series was launched in 2009.

And he is excited about making his debut on the Isle of Wight.

He said: ‘Cycling has pretty much taken me everywhere but not the Isle of Wight.

‘So I’m looking forward to it.

‘I think I’ve only done one team trial before in the Tour Series and we won it.

‘Last time I was almost the sacrificial rider.

‘I did the first lap and a half and then peeled off to let the other four guys finish.

‘But with all five guys counting now, you can’t do that.

‘We will have to think of some new tactics but I’m sure we will have a good go.’

The opening round of the Tour Series also features amateur races and a junior race, which is set to feature Fareham Wheelers talents Brendan Drewett, Harvey Morcombe and Alex Collins.

For more information on the Tour Series, visit tourseries.co.uk

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