Three One Pro Cycling riders hold the early advantage in the HSBC UK | Grand Prix Series after claiming a one-two-three finish in the opening race of the 2017 campaign in the north east this afternoon.
In the first of two races that will make up the first round of this year’s series, which will take place through July and August, Koral Domagalski crossed the finish line in tandem with team-mates Kamil Gradek and Tom Stewart, with all three clocking a time of 3:23:27.
After coming top of the pile during race one of the Alexandra Tour of the Reservoir, Domagalski and co will be aiming to build on that success in tomorrow’s second stanza.
When the action got under way at 1pm following a 30-minute delay, the initiative was taken by Team Wiggins man Scott Davies, who led the peloton during the first lap of the picturesque Derwent Reservoir.
Turbulent scenes ensued behind him though as a crash accounted for a batch of riders, including Team Raleigh-GAC Adria Moreno and on the second lap, New Zealander Hayden McCormick edged into the lead.
The One Pro man initially led a group of three riders that had broken away from the peloton but their advantage proved short-lived.
The pack eventually bunched up once again, before One Pro’s Domagalski and Welshman Davies broke away from the chasing pack, eking out a slender advantage.
The leading group eventually contained six riders, with Domagalski joined by Gradek, Stewart and James Oram, as well as Bike Channel’s Dexter Gardias and Wiggins’ Andrew Tennant.
Tennant, Gardias and Oram eventually fell away, leaving the men in black, white and aqua to reign supreme.