Rebecca Durrell left relieved after victory at 'brutal' Stevenage Matrix Fitness GP

PUBLISHED: 11:16 30 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:16 30 May 2017

Drops' Rebecca Durrell and Lucy Shaw beat off the challenge of Olympic gold medalist Katie Archibald to claim first and second in the Stevenage round of the Matrix Fitness GP. Picture: ALEX WHITEHEAD/SWPIX.COM

Drops' Rebecca Durrell and Lucy Shaw beat off the challenge of Olympic gold medalist Katie Archibald to claim first and second in the Stevenage round of the Matrix Fitness GP. Picture: ALEX WHITEHEAD/SWPIX.COM

Simon Wilkinson - simon@swpix.com

Rebecca Durrell's victory in the Matrix Fitness GP at Stevenage crowned a perfect series all round.

She lead home Lucy Shaw for a Drops one-two, with Olympic champion Katie Archibald in third.

And the result was good enough to give her the overall individual title and her team the overall team title.

But it left the 28-year-old quite relieved.

She said: “We wanted to take the overall team title so the pressure was on. We just missed out last year and we needed to deliver and try and top off a great series for us.

It’s a brutal course. It’s not too technical, it’s just an oval. You get no rest so you’re constantly in the red and you really have to save your energy wisely.

“Our decision was to save it for the final sprint and it worked out in the end.

“Women’s cycling is on the up and we’re finding there are more fans coming to watch us. That’s such a positive thing for women’s cycling.”

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