Louis Rose-Davies held on to claim the Spokes Cycles/Limits Kingdom Junior Classic as Jacques Sauvagnargues won the final stage.
The two-day race, which acts as round five of the British Cycling National Junior Road Series, concluded on Sunday with a 100km stage comprised of four loops around Cults in Fife.
Zappi rider Sauvagnargues took the win on the day, holding off Dylan Hughes of home team Spokes, as Wheelbase Cabtech Junior’s Harry Hardcastle won the bunch sprint for third.
Overall series leader Oscar Mingay, who lay second in the general classification overnight, sprinted to fifth on the stage but with Rose-Davies finishing 19th and safely in the bunch, that was enough for him to hold on to the yellow jersey and take the race win.
Jerseys sewn up
On a day of changeable weather it was Hargrozes-Ridley-Montezumas’ Harry Yates who took the first prize on offer as he took maximum points in the first King of the Mountains (KoM) mark of the stage, with HMT with JLT Condor’s William Draper taking second and moving into the lead in the competition.
Spokes’ Finn Crockett then further extended his lead in the points competition with a win at Craigrothie, while Draper tightened his grasp on the KoM jersey with a win atop Porter’s Summit.
Crockett then confirmed his points title as he made it a clean sweep of the intermediate sprints with his second win of the day, before Sauvagnargues and Hughes broke clear of the field with 25km to go.
The pair took first and second over the final KoM mark of the day, with Draper taking fourth to seal the polka dot jersey for himself.
The race is on
The two escapees continued to press on, but in the final 10km with the break establishing a gap of more than a minute and looking to fight it out for the overall win between themselves, the peloton kicked into life and started to drag them back.
Rose-Davies drove the pace from behind and as the leaders turned onto the final climb, the peloton had them within their sights.
The duo held them off to fight out the stage win for themselves, with Sauvagnargues pipping Hughes on the ramp up to the line, but the pack crossed the line just 13s behind to ensure the overall winner would come from the peloton.
And despite Mingay finishing fifth, behind Hardcastle and Anglo Select’s Jamie Ridehalgh, it was not enough to secure the general classification.
Rose-Davies rolled in safely in 19th to beat Mingay into second, with Team Backstedt/Hotchillee’s Daniel Coombe claiming third overall.
What they said
Stage winner Sauvagnargues:
“I didn’t have a good day on Saturday – I struggled on the end of the climb – and I just thought today I’d sit in and see how it goes.
“Then there were attacks going up the road and I thought I’d bridge across and it worked out – and I thought I was going to win the stage.
“I just dug deep and the peloton brought it back to about 20 seconds and I didn’t think we were going to get it – but I dug again and it worked out in the end.
“I thought we were going to get caught by the bunch and just had no legs, but I gave it my all.”
Overall champion Rose-Davies:
“I had the yellow jersey, so everyone looked at me to do all the work. I tried to chase as much as I could to stop any big breakaways getting away – which I did quite well, I think – then the two riders got away and I thought they would come back by themselves – but they were both quite strong.
“I knew they were both a reasonable distance behind me, so I was letting them get away. Then at one point they were a minute ahead and I thought I’d better get a move on.
“So I started chasing as hard as I could, Ben Turner was trying to catch up with the break away so we had to try to chase him down as well first.
“We caught Ben and then I was basically driving the peloton on myself.”
Results and Standings
Stage 2 Result
1 Jacques Sauvagnargues Zappi Racing Team 2:24:07
2 Dylan Hughes Spokes Racing Team same time
3 Harry Hardcastle Wheelbase Cabtech Junior RT @13 seconds
4 Jamie Ridehalgh Anglo Select same time
5 Oscar Mingay Giant Cycling Club - Halo Films st
6 Adam Kelly Equiom IOM Junior Cycling Team st
7 Harry Yates Hargroves-Ridley-Montezumas st
8 Theo Hartley Identity Racing st
9 Kieran Hotson HMT with JLT Condor st
10 Joshua Price Team Backstedt/Hotchillee st
1 Louis Rose-Davies Canyon UK 5:12:38
2 Oscar Mingay Giant Cycling Club - Halo Films @5 seconds
3 Daniel Coombe Team Backstedt/Hotchillee @12
4 Harry Yates Hargroves-Ridley-Montezumas @15
5 James Mitri HMT with JLT Condor same time
6 Jacques Sauvagnargues Zappi Racing Team @17
7 Jamie Ridehalgh Anglo Select at @20
8 Ben Turner HMT with JLT Condor same time
9 Charlie White Anglo Select st
10 William Corbett Brother NRG Driverplan @23
1 Finn Crockett Spokes Racing Team 12
2 Theo Hartley Identity Racing 8
3 Dylan Hughes Spokes Racing Team 4
4 George Wharton Spokes Racing Team 4
5 Joshua Sandman Herefordshire Cycling Club 4
King of the Mountains Competition
1 William Draper HMT with JLT Condor 12
2 Louis Rose-Davies Canyon UK 10
3 Oscar Mingay Giant Cycling Club - Halo Films 9
4 Daniel Coombe Team Backstedt/Hotchillee 9
5 Harry Yates Hargroves-Ridley-Montezumas