Tour Series chiefs were today hopeful the prestigious cycling event can inspire the next Sir Chris Hoy to emerge from Aberdeen.
Such was the success of the inaugural Aberdeen stage it has been confirmed the Tour Series will return to the Granite City for the next two years.
Thousands of Granite City cycling fans packed out the city centre as BIKE Channel Canyon’s Jack Pullar triumphed.
Three-time Olympic gold medallist Ed Clancy was one of the world class cyclists competing as the city centre was transformed into a 1.2km professional race circuit.
Having been impressed with the reception in Aberdeen, the Tour Series has vowed to return on an even larger scale next year.
Tour Series commercial director Alastair Grant said: ” The plan is for the Tour Series to be in Aberdeen again in 2018 and 2019.
“I am sure the event will only grow in terms of the format and the number of races in Aberdeen.
“We put these events on all over the country and it was obvious to us as soon as we arrived that Aberdeen had really got behind the Tour Series.
“Aberdeen was a huge success with fantastic crowds and exciting racing.”
An early four-man breakaway hauled away from the main pack and eventually opened up an unassailable 1 minute 29 second lead before an hour of racing signalled the final five lap sprint.
Pullar triumphed in the sprint down Union Street in a time of 1:09:33.281.
He was 0.118 seconds ahead of George Harper, of One Pro Cycling, with BIKE Channel Canyon team-mates Harry Tanfield and James Lowsley-Williams third and fourth respectively. It was a clean sweep for team winners BIKE Channel Canyon with Tanfield the individual sprint point winner with 17 points.
Before the main event there was a series of youth and amateur races.
Grant added: “We hope the Tour Series inspires young riders from Aberdeen. We want to put on events that provide an inspirational platform to get the next generation excited about cycling.
“Hopefully, we can ultimately see the next Sir Chris Hoy (six time Olympic champion) come through having been inspired in Aberdeen by the Tour Series.”
Olympic hero Clancy secured the fastest lap with 1:40.306 to lead the chasing group in the final circuit.
He helped secure his team JLT Condor’s lead ahead of Madison Genesis at the top of the overall Tour Series on 82 points.
With Madison Genesis on 80 points it will be an exciting climax with only two rounds remaining.
Clancy said: “It was great to get the fastest lap in Aberdeen.
“There were plenty of BIKE Channel riders ahead of us in the race but we were only interested in Madison Genesis and finishing ahead of them.
“In the final circuit I wasn’t going out to get the fastest lap, I was trying to be at the head and finish in front of Madison Genesis.
“Aberdeen has been the best circuit of the Series with a fantastic crowd.”
Winner Pullar,who competed for Scotland at the 2012 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, said: “It was an amazing job by the team to get the win.
“We had Harry (Tanfield) in front for most of the race and it was down to me to take it home for the team in the sprint at the end.
“Aberdeen is a very fast course and the crowds all came out. To win a round in Scotland is amazing. This has been the best venue.”