BIKE Channel Canyon confirmed third place in the Tour Series as Connor Swift powered to glory for Madison Genesis in the final round in Stevenage.
While Tim Elverson’s squad finished one position behind ONE Pro Cycling on the night, they held on to third spot in the overall standings by a single point.
James Lowsley-Williams completed a memorable campaign with ninth spot, his fifth top-10 in eight outings, while Rory Townsend crossed the line in 17th and Chris Opie was 24th.
Harry Tanfield was the fourth and final scorer for the team, finishing 30th. And that was enough to clinch third place in the overall standings.
Meanwhile, JLT Condor completed a successful defence of their title, despite Swift’s efforts earning Madison the team victory in the series-ending scrap in Hertfordshire.
And Team Raleigh carried off the sprints competition jersey, following Sebastian Mora’s relentless assault on the crown from the very first race in Redditch.
The 10th and final round was another rain-affected contest. It was once again full of attacking racing but no move was ever allowed more than a few seconds’ advantage on the peloton.
Lowsley-Williams, who scooped two of the Wiggle sprint laps on the night and was second to JLT’s Graham Briggs on the other to earn a trip to the podium, was among the most aggressive, alongside George Harper, of ONE Pro.
Meanwhile, multiple Olympic gold medallist Ed Clancy got through a huge amount of work as he policed the front of the peloton for JLT and brought move after move to heel.
When the race entered its last five laps, Madison Genesis sent all five riders to the front in a final bid to overhaul series leaders JLT and snatch the silverware.
Swift, who won round six in Bath, then launched his decisive attack, quickly opening up a five-second as the defending champions scrambled to chase the Yorkshireman down.
They didn’t manage it. But with four riders crossing the line in the main group, JLT did enough to hold off the challenge of Madison and successfully retain their crown.