Thousands of people took to the streets of Farringdon to watch an action packed Jupiter London Nocturne, as the world’s cycling elite raced around London’s iconic Smithfield Market. The race card was full of high octane sprinting and sharp cornering which pushed the peloton in front of an electric crowd.
Team JLT Condor rider, Ed Clancy, dipped over the line first to take the prestigious Santini Elite Criterium crown, holding off stiff competition from Steele Von Hoff of NFTO and Chris Lawless of Team Wiggins, who were almost neck and neck with him to the line.
“It was really tough out there, we were flat out from start to finish. We were outnumbered and the Madison Genesis guys kept attacking, but Kristian (House) and I managed to hold on to the front. It was so close at the end, but we managed to get over the line first, just I have never won the Nocturne before, it has always slipped away from us and tonight this feels brilliant.” – Ed Clancy (JLT Condor)
Elsewhere in the Schwalbe Elite Women’s Criterium race, Pearl Azumi Sports Tours International rider Katie Archibald reigned supreme with a destructive display of power that also gained her the Combative Award for the most aggressive performance of the night. Eileen Roe of team Wiggle-Honda was in hot pursuit, closely followed by Team Giordana Triton rider, Nicola Jupiter.
Aside from the elite races, the event also played host to a penny farthing race, the F&F Folding Bike Race and the Santander Cycle Hire race.
“It’s fantastic to see such a huge turnout of people for the event. Every year we try to build on and improve the racing somehow and this year for the first time we reversed the circuit. The change in layout made sure that the racing was super charged and exciting for the fans. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone that took part and came to watch.” – James Pope, (organiser of the Jupiter London Nocturne)
Schwalbe Elite Women’s Criterium
||Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International|
||Team Giordana Triton|
Santini Elite Criterium
The Jupiter London Nocturne will be back next year and celebrating its tenth anniversary.