Archibald wins Edinburgh

The Matrix Tour Series’ first ever round north of the River Tweed was always going to become a skirmish among the Scottish riders, of which there seem to have been a large number on the British women’s domestic circuit over the last two years, and generated the biggest crowds of the Series so far as fans eager to see national hero Katie Archibald (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International) going all-out for the win lined the unforgiving cobbled streets of Edinburgh.

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Katie Archibald wins again – but without crushing her rivals quite so much as she did at Stoke-on-Trent (image: SweetSpot/The Tour Series)

She did not disappoint them, getting away as part of a five-rider lead group and making sure she was in front to take both intermediate sprints, before then setting her sights on dominating the race just as she did at the first round in Stoke-on-Trent where she was so much stronger than her rivals that she was able to ride away to a solo victory. This round was simply too symbolic for the Scots, however, and so this time she was challenged: local rider Claire Thomas (Velosport-Pasta Montegrappe) and Helen Wyman (Matrix-Vulpine) – who describes herself as 70.26% American and 46.8% Scottish (and was born in Hertfordshire) were straight on her case and made sure she earned the glory. They couldn’t beat her, though; Wyman, who is among the top cyclo cross riders in the world, came very close but ultimately had to settle for second while Thomas took third.

Having missed the second round in Peterborough, Archibald did not regain control of the series and is in third place overall with 40 points, behind her team mate Charline Joiner who has 45 points and Round 2 winner Eileen Roe of Starley-Primal who has 55 – both also Scots, from Fife. Winning both the intermediate sprints does, however, make Archibald overall leader of the Sprints Classification, with 20 points to Wyman’s 12. Louise Mahe (MulebarGirl-Sigma Sport) is in third place, also with 12 points. Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International, the winning team at all three rounds, lead the Sprints Classification with 142 points to Matrix-Vulpine’s 120 and Starley-Primal’s 81.

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Helen Wyman (image: SweetSpot/The Tour Series)

Matrix Series Round 3 Top Ten
1 Katie Archibald (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International)
2 Helen Wyman (Matrix-Vulpine)
3 Claire Thomas (Velosport-Pasta Montegrappa)
4 Charline Joiner (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International)
5 Eileen Roe (Starley-Primal Pro Cycling)
6 Hannah Walker (Epic-Scott)
7 Natalie Creswick (Team MuleBar Girl-Sigma Sport)
8 Jessie Walker (Matrix-Vulpine)
9 Tamiko Butler (WyndyMilla-Reynolds)
10 Annasley Park (RST)

Overall Standings after Round 3
1 Eileen Roe (Starley-Primal Pro Cycling) 55
2 Charline Joiner (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International) 45
3 Katie Archibald (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International) 40
4 Hannah Walker (Epic-Scott) 39
5 Natalie Creswick (Team MuleBar Girl-Sigma Sport) 37
6 Helen Wyman (Matrix-Vulpine) 35
7 Jessie Walker (Matrix-Vulpine) 28
8 Claire Thomas (Velosport-Pasta Montegrappa) 27
9 Gabriella Shaw (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International) 27
10 Katie Curtis (Starley-Primal Pro Cycling) 26
Full results