Johnny McEvoy took the lead in the HSBC UK | British Cycling Spring Cup Series, after fighting for the race win at the Klondike GP.
McEvoy went clear alongside Tom Pidcock (Team Wiggins) and Tom Moses (JLT Condor) in the final 30-kilometres.
Behind, the peloton shattered as chase groups formed to try and get on terms with the three leaders, but soon it became clear that McEvoy’s trio would fight it out for the win.
This changed the dynamic of the race and Moses attacked from the lead group, leaving Pidcock and McEvoy to chase alone.
Pidcock made it back on terms and McEvoy came tantalisingly close, but had to settle for third.
Combined with second at the Chorley GP, McEvoy moves into the overall lead of the Spring Cup series with just one round remaining at the Lincoln GP, while Madison Genesis also top the team standings table.
How the race unfolded
The second Klondike GP started hard and fast, with teams keen to make an impression over the relatively short 159-kilometre distance.
As series leaders Madison Genesis made the start hard and fast, forcing early splits in the peloton and placing Erick Rowsell and Connor Swift in the first break of the day.
Quickly gaining a minute advantage, Swift, Rowsell and Team Wiggins’ Joey Walker worked well at the front, and by the end of the first hour of racing had doubled their advantage.
As the race passed the halfway point, the gap reached its maximum of four minutes with an alert peloton pegging back the gap.
With 50-kilometres remaining, the lead was reduced to under a minute and Swift dropped back into the peloton, leaving just Rowsell and Walker at the front.
Their time was short-lived, as the peloton made the catch at the third and final summit of Saltburn.
With the peloton back together, the pace remained high into the final short lap.
With 30-kilometres still to race, there were attacks at the front of the bunch and Johnny McEvoy moved clear alongside Tom Pidcock (Team Wiggins) and Tom Moses (JLT Condor).
Behind, riders tried to get themselves into the decisive move and with 20-kilometres remaining the race took a new shape.
McEvoy’s trio had 41-seconds on a chase group of 12 riders, who were pursued by a further six, followed by the peloton.
Into the final 10-kilometres the lead for McEvoy’s group continued to increase and it became clear they would contest victory.
This changed the dynamic of the leaders who once worked harmoniously and Moses attacked, leaving Pidcock and McEvoy to chase alone.
Pidcock made it back on terms and McEvoy came tantalisingly close, but had to settle for third, followed by George Pym in tenth.
The final round of the HSBC UK | British Cycling Spring Cup takes place on May 13, with the Lincoln GP.
Result: 2018 Klondike GP
|1. Tom Pidcock||Team Wiggins||3:57.43|
|3. Johnny McEvoy||Madison Genesis||+0.22|
|10. George Pym||Madison Genesis||+1.41|
|30. Isaac Mundy||Madison Genesis||+3.21|
|55. George Atkins||Madison Genesis||+3.30|
|63. Erick Rowsell||Madison Genesis||+6.31|
|66. Taylor Gunman||Madison Genesis||+6.33|