A dramatic last corner crash handed victory in Redditch's Round Four of the Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series to Wiggle Honda's Amy Roberts.
Roberts was in a six rider group set to contest the win, but on roads made greasy by earlier rain, Charline Joiner slid out at the last corner, taking Helen Wyman with her and disrupting the rest of the group, leaving Roberts in front of Lydia Boylan and Dame Sarah Storey.
Storey and Joiner had worked hard with teammate Ciara Horne in the front group with Series leader Eileen Roe distanced from the front mid-race in a bid to put Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International rider Joiner into the leaders jersey.
But with the pressure on, Joiner slid out, crossing the line on foot in fifth, and with Roe recovering for twelfth, the Starley Primal Pro Cycling rider kept the jersey by three points.
For Roberts it was a great victory on only her second appearance in the 2014 Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series, riding unsupported as the only Wiggle Honda rider in the field. Roberts finished just ahead of Series regular Boylan, who recorded her first ever Matrix Fitness GP Series podium in Redditch.
In third, Storey lead in a trio of teammates, first Horne and then Joiner, on foot, just ahead of Wyman who also crossed the line on foot, but consolation was the Sprints win on the night, and with it the Series lead.
Roe now leads by just three points from Joiner, with Wyman a further eleven points back. The Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International team lead the team standings by 50-points over Matrix Fitness – Vulpine.
The final round of the Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series takes place in Woking on Tuesday 10 June, with highlights of the Redditch round shown as a part of The Pearl Izumi Tour Series highlights on ITV4 at 9pm on Wednesday 4 June.
Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series
Tuesday 3 June 2014
Round Four, Redditch
1) Amy Roberts, GBR, Wiggle Honda
2) Lydia Boylan, IRL, Velosport - Pasta Montegrappa
3) Dame Sarah Storey, GBR, Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International
4) Ciara Horne, GBR, Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International
5) Charline Joiner, GBR, Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International
6) Helen Wyman, GBR, Matrix Fitness - Vulpine
7) Annasley Park, GBR, RST Racing Team
8) Gabriella Shaw, GBR, Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International
9) Tamiko Butler, GBR, WyndyMilla Reynolds
10) Katie Curtis, GBR, Starley Primal Pro Cycling