ONE Pro Cycling Season Update- 18/08/2016 -
A busy month of racing saw the team travelling to some of the most picturesque regions of Europe.
At the Sibiu Tour prologue, George Harper spent a large part of the afternoon perched in the leaders chair having posted a blisteringly quick time around the short course. He would later be knocked down to 5th place but Hayden McCormick rode strongly to take the orange jersey as the leading U23. Stage 1 was a day for the sprinters so ONE Pro controlled the race superbly to lead out Steele Van Hoff to his second victory of the season. The remaining stages saw ONE Pro ride strongly, unfortunate not to capitalise on the early success.
The team’s invitation to the Tour of Poland, ONE Pro’s first World Tour event, demonstrated just how successful ONE Pro has been since launching in early 2015. In some of the worst conditions you will ever experience, more than half the field failed to finish Stage 5! Stage 6 was then canned due to the appalling weather leaving only a short time trial on the final day, which Yanto and Dion battled through to make the final classification.
Over in the Basque Country at the Vilafranca, the weather was far more suited to riding a bike. In the rolling hills, Karol Domagalski helped form the early break which disintegrated the peloton and stayed up the road all day as Karol crossed the line inside the Top 10. The Tour of Denmark followed and ONE Pro’s strong riding was again rewarded as Tom Baylis claimed the most aggressive rider prize on Stage 2.
The final weekend of July, saw ONE Pro roll into London for the RideLondon Surrey Classic. Karol was on strong form again, helping to reel in the late attacks from Team Sky before launching Steele to take 9th in the bunch gallop.
As July came to a close, ONE Pro’s strong performances this year were rewarded in an invite to the 2016 Tour of Britain. This will be ONE Pro’s second appearance in a race that holds huge significance within British Cycling. Stay tuned for the next update as the team compete over the pond at the Tour of Utah and in Belgium at a selection of challenging one day races.