Oscar Nilsson-Julien of Team VC Londres made it two wins in a row for the VC Londres team at the Cadence Junior Road Race in Brecon hills.
Inspired by his fellow team mate Leo Hayter and driven on by their competitive rivalry, Nilsson-Julien took the title at the top of the Llyswen hill finish by 2 seconds from Logan MacLean of Spokes Racing Team, with George Mills-Keeling of Cycle Club Bridgnorth RWG a further two seconds back in Round Four of the British Cycling Junior Men's Road Series.
The strong field started the race in Three Cocks as they meant to carry on, with the first 25 miles being completed in an hour even with the 3 KOM climbs.
It was Ewan Mackie of Ilkeston Cycle Club that made the first move, breaking away to take the first KOM Prime at 7km, closely followed by the chasing group.
Couzins the early pacesetter
As the riders started their second lap of eight a four-rider break, led by Tom Couzens of Team Central, made for open road and tried to forge a gap on the peloton.
With Archie Ryan of Zappi Racing Team, James Codd of Wales and Thomas Gloag of VC Londres for company, Couzins climbed Llyswen hill for the second time to take another Prime bonus.
With no significant breakaways sticking, the group were once again pulled back into the pack during lap four, where it was the turn of Lewis Askey of Backstedt Cycling to forge an attack, taking the fourth KOM bonus.
Logan look to take the initiative
As the group went over the top at the end of lap four, two riders from the Spokes Racing Team – Logan MacLean and Alex Dent – made the decision to break away.
Driven on by the prospect of being the first Spokes rider to take a series win this season, the two riders gained a 35 second advantage on the chasing group and claimed a KOM bonus on the way.
But once again the breakaway was chased down and again all the riders were back together by the time they reached the summit for the sixth time.
Nilsson-Julien times it perfectly
That is how they stayed until 5km from the finish, when Nilsson-Julien decided that this was to be his race.
Having watched teammate Leo Hayter win the Tour of Mendips and a Stage of the Isle of Man, Nilsson-Julien looked to replicate his friend’s success.
With enough left in the tank and fully committed, Nilsson-Julien took the race by the horns and powered up the final summit to take victory, made all the sweeter by the quality of riders left behind.
This victory gives Nilsson-Julien’s confidence a huge boost with the World Championships being staged in Yorkshire later in the year.