Connor Swift took fourth at the Rutland-Melton CiCLE Classic, but it was a case of what could have been after both Swift and McEvoy punctured out of the lead group in the final kilometres of the race.
Madison Genesis suffered awful luck as – having done the hard work and placing two riders in the lead group of seven – they were not rewarded for their efforts.
Swift and McEvoy entered the final 10km lap with five other riders and with a healthy gap over the main chase group they would battle for the race win.
Attacks began in earnest but McEvoy and Swift suffered punctures in quick succession, ending their ambitions to win the UK’s only one-day UCI race.
After receiving service, both riders continued to finish the race, with Swift recovering to fourth, but both harbouring a feeling of what might have been.
That feeling was compunded as and enduring ride by Erick Rowsell saw him finish fifth, with Tobyn Horton 10th.
Earlier in the race a move of four riders set the pace up front for the over 100km, but when the sectors began in earnest, the chase was truly on.
The leaders’ advantage plummeted from over three minutes to just 30-seconds in a peloton with all six Madison Genesis riders in attendance.
Crossing the Somerberg is where the first big splits started to occur and on the second time of asking, a group of seven riders including Swift and McEvoy were prominent.
As their lead increased beyond a minute and the finishing circuit approached, It soon became clear that this group would be battling for the race win.
With strength in numbers Madison Genesis looked like the team to watch, however the team’s chances evaporated as the pair of riders had to stop for service following punctures in the final section of the race.
Result: 2018 Rutland-Melton CiCLE Classic
|1. Gariel Cullaigh||Team Wiggins||4:56.26|
|4. Connor Swift||Madison Genesis||+0.38|
|5. Erick Rowsell||Madison Genesis||+0.56|
|10. Tobyn Horton||Madison Genesis||+1.10|
|20. Johnny McEvoy||Madison Genesis||+1.11|
|21. Rich Handley||Madison Genesis||+1.36|
|31. George Atkins||Madison Genesis||+1.58|