Ed Clancy was full of praise for the Aberdeen Tour Series course after crossing the finish line first in the men’s elite race.
Clancy, a three-time Olympic gold medallist for Great Britain who cycles in the series for JLT Condor, won in a time of 1:08:18.011, with Tobyn Horton, of Madison Genesis, 0.627 seconds back.
Robert Scott of Team WIGGINS was third, 1.041secs further behind.
Clancy, who won the fastest lap in the Granite City in 2017 and came through right at the end this time, said: “Last year I said it was the best venue and now I definitely think it is.
“I like the city – it’s a long drive but apart from that, I love it.
“We rode up and down the coast and there were a few nice cafés.
“I like the circuit, there are no gradients on it.
“There are too many hilly circuits in my opinion.
“The hairpin bend makes it tough and the race splits are fairly on. But I like that.”
This year’s fastest lap for the men went to Clancy’s team-mate Ali Slater in 1:37.718. However, Canyon Eisberg took first place on the podium as the best team – the Tour Series is after all a team competition – with their five men recording a combined total of 4:36:37.077.
But their 10 points on the night weren’t enough to stop JLT Condor taking the green jersey, as they now sit on 28 points overall, pulling ahead of Madison Genesis, who were third on the night.
Clancy, who even found time to discard his water bottle for a fan to take home on the Union Street-Union Terrace bend, said of the race: “I started badly positioned – I must have been a minute down watching the race happen.
“By the time I got to the front it must have been 10-15 minutes in and I was part of the breakaway.
“The Tanfields are so strong and it made our tactic simple, just to sit with them and they were happy to drag us to a sprint at the end.
“I don’t think me or Tobyn had particularly good legs tonight and when the Tanfields went through traffic, it got a bit confusing. I knew if I stuck with Harry I’d be somewhere near the front. The last lap was relatively straightforward and it was an easy enough sprint at the end.”
Harry Tanfield, of Canyon Eisberg – now Aberdeen winners both years – took 15 sprint points on the night as he led for most of the race.
But he fell back towards the end after he became stuck behind the peloton.
Lapped racers must leave the race for the final three laps if they’ve been lapped before those laps start, but because Tanfield only came up on them inside the final laps, they remained on the track.
Tanfield said: “It’s a bit of a shame really. I whacked it 57 minutes in.
“My five or 10-second lead I had – I thought ‘I’ve got this’, they (the riders behind) are looking at each other – but before I knew it I’d got the back of the bunch and it’s like a roadblock.
“There’s no way to get round them, they don’t move to get out of your way.
“I’m that gassed that I can’t even shout to them, before you know it (the riders behind have caught up).”
Earlier, in the first men’s non-elite (category 3/4) race, Ythan CC’s Alan Smith won in 29:42.178, with Ross Webster (Westhill Bike Club) just under four seconds behind and Aaron Johnson of Holburn Cycles another second back.
Andrew Ennis of Deeside was third – 1.617secs behind winner, Edinburgh’s Zak Loney (36:17.000), with Calum Gray of DUMRCC second – in the men’s 2/3/4 contest, with the solitary women’s non-elite race seeing Deeside’s Emma Smith half a second behind first place Lucy Ritchie (30:36.212), of Ecosse Northboats, in third.
Jenny Stanning was between the two in second.
In the corporate race, the top three were made up of RockSalt Subsea (18:04.433), Repsol Sinopec (+8.429secs) and The Spectacle Company (+10.822secs).