Image: Larry Hickmott

"Women's racing isn't exciting" and "breaks never stick, the riders always give up" are two lines we hear far too often. Tonight both statements were proved untrue.

The women's Matrix Fitness GP series that runs alongside the men's Pearl Izumi Tour Series got underway this evening with Eileen Roe taking the first win.

The series sees UK teams racing across the country, in exciting town and city centre criterium events that ensure the crowds see the competitors over and over again as the action unravels.

The women will race six events, competing for an overall team prize, overall individual win, and overall sprint jersey as well as of course glory at individual events.

It was Eileen Roe of Lares-Waowdeals who took that glory tonight after an exciting breakaway of four riders, instigated by Alice Barnes of Drops Cycling, formed early on in the 45 minute race and stayed away until the finish.

The break that dominated the race. Image: Larry Hickmott.

The four successful breakaway riders were Roe, plus last year's winner Nikki Juniper (Team Ford Ecoboost), Alice Barnes (Drops Cycling), and Annasley Park (Team Breeze).

Despite the break forming so early in the race, their lead far from fell - in fact it increased gradually, peaking at almost half a minute over the short course.

Along the way, Barnes picked up both intermediate sprint wins. However, in the final charge for the line it was Roe who had the strongest legs, with Barnes in second and Juniper third.

Overall placings through the peloton put brand new UCI team Drops Cycling in the lead in the team competition whilst Barnes picked up the Sprint jersey.

Alice Barnes who made her move early and created the group that stayed away. Image: Larry Hickmott.

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