Madison-Genesis finished the 2014 Pearl Izumi Tour Series with an impressive double-double, taking team and individual wins at both final rounds in Woking and in Jersey.
Although the Bradwell Abbey based team had taken team wins earlier in the Series, they didn’t pick up their first individual win until the round at Canary Wharf and they continued that dominant form with youngster Tom Stewart winning both final rounds.
Stewart showed great racing prowess around the twisting, technical Woking circuit that included two hairpin bends, being in an early break with NFTO’s Adam Blythe before joining up with team-mates Tobyn Horton (winner at Canary Wharf) and Andy Tennant and a small group of other riders at the business end of the race.
That group quickly opened up an unassailable lead and with all but one of the major teams being represented in the break - Raleigh having missed the move - the chasing riders left it to Raleigh to work themselves into the ground in what proved to be a fruitless chase.
When Stewart broke away on his own with just a handful of laps to go, Horton and Tennant just had to watch the opposition as their team-mate flew to the finishing line to take his first ever win in the prestigious series.
Three days later the Tour Series circus had moved to Jersey for the final two rounds, a punishing hill-climb before Friday evening’s crit.
And that was the pace later in the evening – blistering hot - as final honours of the year were fought for around another technically demanding course that demonstrated why British teams are the best in the world at the full speed city centre racing discipline.
As at Woking, a group of riders broke away early on in the race, this time 10 strong, with Stewart and Horton leading the way.
And again, as the race moved into the closing laps, Stewart showed his prowess at breaking away on his own from a small leading bunch.
This time he built up a lead of 16 seconds before crossing the winning line to show off what is very quickly becoming a very familiar race winning salute.