Jack Pullar led home a dominant BIKE Channel Canyon in round eight of the Tour Series in Aberdeen.
The 27-year-old sprinted to individual success as Tim Elverson’s troops bagged the team victory, alongside all three Wiggle sprints, on a night to remember in the Scottish city.
The triumph was founded upon a remarkable four-man breakaway, driven by team-mates Pullar, James Lowsley-Williams and Harry Tanfield in a superb piece of tactical racing.
George Harper, of ONE Pro Cycling, went along for the ride but the BIKE Channel Canyon train did not hang around for any more passengers.
And in the end it was Pullar who sprinted to glory ahead of Harper, with Tanfield and Lowsley-Williams celebrating as they crossed the line in third and fourth respectively.
Chris Opie and Sam Lowe, who had armchair rides in the bunch all night, finished 12th and 18th, ensuring they dominated the team standings.
Evan Oliphant, riding for Wheelbase Altura, made the first move but when he was reeled in, Elverson’s team picked their moment to take control of the contest.
Lowsley-Williams, Tanfield and Pullar drove off the front, gapping the peloton and dragging Harper with them as the main bunch failed to respond.
Lowsley-Williams rolled over the line to take the first Wiggle sprint, with Tanfield and Pullar on his wheel as the quartet built an advantage of more than 40 seconds on the field.
Series leaders JLT Condor and rivals Madison Genesis seemed content to mark one another as the race began to split up, helped no doubt by the dead turn at the end of the finish straight.
A bunch of around 20 riders, including Opie and Lowe, were pursuing the four leaders by the time the claxon sounded for the second sprint lap.
Tanfield led over the line this time, from Pullar and Lowsley-Williams. And as the race moved past halfway, the advantage ticked over a minute with the bunch yet to produce a meaningful response.
With 40 minutes on the clock, finally there was some movement in the bunch with JLT’s Ed Clancy, Rich Handley, of Madison, and ONE Pro’s Steele von Hoff jumping clear in a brief attempt to bridge.
The trio still had more than 60 seconds on the chaser when Tanfield, followed by Lowsley-Williams and Pullar, swept up the points on the third sprint lap of the night.
As the race reached the hour mark, the trio began their attempts to soften up Harper. Tanfield was the first to attack and was predictably marked by the ONE Pro man.
Next it was Pullar’s turn to hit out. Once again Harper, who had not done a turn all night, got on to his wheel and the four were all together as they entered the final two laps.
But Harper had no answer to Pullar in the finale. He ultimately lost out by a couple of bike lengths to the Bolton-le-Sands rider, with Tanfield and Lowsley-Williams sitting up as they came home next.
BIKE Channel Canyon remain third in the overall series but have opened up a one-point gap on ONE Pro, who were second on the night courtesy of Harper’s efforts.