ONE PRO CYCLING DOMINATE ON STAGE ONE AT TOUR OF THE RESERVOIR | ONE Pro Cycling

Renowned for its challenging weather, it was an unusually sunny day on the opening stage of the Tour of the Res as the team set up alongside the Derwent Reservoir in County Durham. Held around an undulating 20km circuit which riders would tackle no fewer than seven times, Stage One promised to be both entertaining and unpredictable.

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As the flag dropped one lone leader went clear. Race radio confirmed it was Scott Davies of Team Wiggins, the National U23 TT champion was seen as a threat and quickly followed by 2 chasing riders, including last years winner Joe Fry (Bike Channel Canyon) and Hayden McCormick of ONE Pro Cycling. The break worked well together and opened up a gap of 1 minute before the peloton exploded behind, with several groups forming in pursuit of the leaders.

ONE Pro Cycling were on the front foot throughout the stage, with each member of the team carefully positioning themselves in the chaos of the peloton. As the break were caught a large group of 30 riders developed at the front of the race including Karol Domagalski, Kamil Gradek, Hayden McCormick, James Oram Tom Stewart and Sam Williams.

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With strong winds throughout the stage, the team had to remain cautious of any splits starting to form as a crescendo of small groups continued to form and fall apart fighting against the elements.

At the halfway point, a small break formed including Karol Domagalski, Joe Fry (Bike Channel) and Scott Davies (Team Wiggins). Once again they built a lead of 1 minute before a chase group of 3 formed close behind. The chasers were represented solely by ONE Pro Cycling as Kamil Gradek, James Oram and Tom Stewart as the trio raced across to join the leaders.

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Building a maximum lead of 2 minutes 45 seconds, Scott Davies was dropped under the pressure exerted by the group. With one lap remaining of the 20km circuit, the gap had dropped to just 1 minute 25 seconds. Next to feel the pressure was James Oram and Joe Fry (Bike Channel), as both riders dropped back leaving 3 leading riders, Gradek, Domagalski and Stewart.

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The ONE Pro breakaway worked well as they headed towards the finish line for the final time, crossing side by side to secure an incredible clean sweep of the podium. However, there has to be one winner and it was Polish Powerhouse Karol Domagalski who was awarded stage victory and the yellow jersey. A superb performance from the trio saw them clock up a 1 minute 35 second advantage over their nearest rivals which they will hold going into Stage 2.

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Day 2 will see riders travel165km in length, taking in two laps of today’s stage and three laps around the open moorland before heading to Derwent Reservoir for the final 2 laps and another exciting stage finish.