Matt Gibson’s victory in the Bristol GP on Sunday (8 July) earned his JLT Condor team a place in this year’s OVO Energy Tour of Britain with one qualification round remaining.

Gibson outsprinted Canyon Eisberg’s Jack Pullar and Alex Paton, as well as newly-crowned British Road Race Champion Connor Swift (Madison Genesis), from a four-man group to win in Bristol, which also hosts Stage Three of this year’s national tour on Tuesday 4 September.

His victory added seven more points to JLT Condor’s points tally in the qualification process, overseen by race organiser SweetSpot and British Cycling to fairly select four of seven Great Britain and Ireland’s UCI Continental-ranked teams to ride the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, giving them an unassailable advantage in the rankings. Come September, John Herety’s side will have ridden every edition of Britain’s national tour in their various guises since 2005.

With just next Sunday’s Stockton GP (15 July) left in the process, four other teams – Madison Genesis, ONE Pro Cycling, Canyon Eisberg and Team WIGGINS – remain in contention for the three remaining much-coveted selection spots.

Teams count their best eight scores from nine British-based events: the UCI-ranked Rutland-Melton CiCLE Classic and Tour de Yorkshire; all rounds of the British Cycling HSBC Spring Cup and Grand Prix Series up to mid-July; and the OVO Energy Tour Series. Points are scored on a 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis at all events; the highest-placed rider will receive seven points for their team, the first rider from the second highest-placed team six points, and so on down to one point.

Ahead of the Stockton GP, here’s how the standings look:

JLT Condor (Q) 42 49
Madison Genesis 37 44
ONE Pro Cycling 36 43
Canyon Eisberg 35 42
Team WIGGINS 34 41
Vitus Pro Cycling 16 23
Holdsworth Pro Racing 10 17

If teams are tied at the end of the qualification process, they will be ranked based on the number of maximum scores they have achieved throughout the process. Currently Madison Genesis are yet to claim the full seven points at any event, ONE Pro Cycling have achieved that feat once (Karol Domagalski’s Chorley GP victory), Canyon Eisberg and Team WIGGINS twice.

The three remaining British teams who qualify will join these 15 squads at Britain’s leading stage race:

UCI WorldTour Teams
BMC Pro Cycling
Lotto Soudal
Mitchelton Scott
Movistar Team
Quick-Step Floors
Team Dimension Data
Team EF Education First – Drapac
Team Katusha Alpecin
Team Lotto NL Jumbo
Team Sky

UCI Professional Continental Teams
Aqua Blue Sport
Direct Energie
Wanty – Groupe Gobert

UCI Continental Teams
JLT Condor

National Teams
Great Britain