SECOND FOR TOM STEWART IN BATH | ONE Pro Cycling

Just over halfway in the Tour Series, Round 6 took riders to the beautiful City of Bath. An already technical 1.6km course was made even more technical when the heavens opened and rain poured onto the circuit.

There were fireworks from the start as the lead motorbike pulled away and James Lowsley Williams from Bike Channel Canyon attacked the bunch opening a 15 second advantage.

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JLT Condor took up chase at the head of the peloton, slowly whittling down the gap, unfortunately with only 3 laps covered there was a crash in the peloton, which Will Harper was caught up in, re mounting quickly Harper was in for a night long chase. Following the crash, Madison Genesis took over control at the front of the bunch, putting an incredible pressure on their opponents and bringing the James Lowsley Williams (Bike Channel) back within a matter of minutes. From then on the race was a war of attrition as riders were dropped from the peloton on each and every lap.

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Thirty minutes of racing complete, ONE Pro Cycling started to attack. Tom Stewart saw an opportunity to attack and quickly put pressure on the other teams. As soon as he was caught, teammate George Harper counter attacked to try and force a selection. Each time though, the gap would be quickly brought down. With ONE Pro Cycling still having all four counting riders in the bunch the team were in a good position to win the team competition, as well as the individual overall with Tom Stewart, George Harper, Kristian House and Steele Von Hoff all holding strong placing in the front.

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As the race came into the closing seven laps, a strong attack from Connor Swift of Madison Genesis immediately opened a gap. A hesitation in the peloton allowed Swift to make it count and he opened up an impressive gap of over 28 seconds. Tom Stewart committed to the chase in the peloton as the other teams started to look around. With 3 laps remaining a large crash ended Steele Von Hoff’s hopes of victory, with the confusion of the crash Stewart found himself clear and put his head down to maintain his advantage and try and claw his way up to the leader.

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In the end, Connor Swift took an impressive victory with Tom Stewart claiming 2nd place not far behind the winner and clear of the bunch. Kristian House & George Harper finished in the bunch with Von Hoff chasing close behind following his earlier crash.

The team were awarded 2nd place on the evening which moves ONE Pro Cycling into 3rd overall as the Tour Series heads North to Motherwell on Tuesday 23rd May. You can keep up to date with the team during the Tour Series on our official Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Photo Credit: Trevor Mould @MouldyPIX