Tom Scully savoured success as the Pearl Izumi Tour Series roared back into action on the Isle of Wight.
The popular criterium competition, which was launched in 2009, returned for another campaign with a maiden visit to Ryde yesterday.
We played a few cards and have shown we are strong across the boardTom Scully
And while ONE Pro Cycling made the most of their debut to snatch the overall series lead, the individual win in round one went to Scully.
The Madison Genesis star launched a devastating attack with around 15 minutes of racing remaining.
He then clocked the fastest lap of 1min 50.054sec on the 1.3km circuit to establish his lead before crossing the line more than 11 seconds ahead of his closest rivals.
Scully, who is nicknamed Scud, said: ‘I’m pretty happy. It was a good start to the series and a good chance to test our legs.
‘There are always a few first-round nerves and you are looking around to see where everyone’s form is at.
‘But we played a few cards and have shown we are strong across the board.’
While Scully claimed the victory, it was his team-mate Tom Stewart who lit up the battle on the streets of Ryde.
Attacking on the tough Union Street climb, the 25-year-old swept up all three of the intermediate sprints to get his hands on the first points jersey.
Stewart’s lone charge began to take its toll and when he was reeled in by a much-reduced peloton, Scully made his move.
The New Zealander said: ‘Tom was playing a strong role out there for us.
‘He was away for most of the race, so then it was a case of judging your effort.
‘You have got to race all the way to the end and just hope you are good for it. Fortunately, I was.’
Despite the heroics of Stewart and Scully, they were unable to wrest the leaders’ jerseys from the shoulders of ONE Pro Cycling.
The combined time of all five riders in each team decides the overall prize in a Tour Series race.
And with ONE Pro Cycling’s quintet all finishing inside the top 16, Madison Genesis were left 2.4sec adrift.
Scully is expecting there to be plenty more twists and turns over the next nine rounds of competition, though.
He said: ‘That is what the series is about but I’m pretty happy to win the race for myself.
‘We possibly have to go back to the drawing board and rethink how we approach the race a little bit but it is only the first round.
‘Every rider is going to get better as the series goes on.
‘We were pretty happy to be second in the team time trial. We’re not quite at the front but it is a long series yet.’
With victories in both the team time trial and circuit race (each worth 10 points), ONE Pro Cycling lead the way ahead of round two in Redditch on Tuesday.
ROUND ONE INDIVIDUAL RESULT (TOP 18): 1 Tom Scully (Madison Genesis); 2 Ian Bibby (NFTO); 3 Jonathan McEvoy (NFTO); 4 Chris Opie (ONE Pro Cycling); 5 Chris Lawless (Team WIGGINS); 6 Mike Northey (Madison Genesis); 7 Jon Mould (ONE Pro Cycling); 8 George Harper (ONE Pro Cycling); 9 Karol Domagalski (Team Raleigh – GAC); 10 Tom Stewart (Madison Genesis); 11 Tobyn Horton (Madison Genesis); 12 Marcin Bialoblocki (ONE Pro Cycling); 13 Morgan Kneisky (Team Raleigh – GAC); 14 Zach May (NFTO); 15 James Gullen (Velosure Starley Primal); 16 Yanto Barker (ONE Pro Cycling); 17 Dan Fleeman (SportGrub Kuota); 18 Kristian House (Condor-JLT)
POINTS STANDINGS: 1 Tom Stewart (Madison Genesis) 15pts; 2 Tom Scully (Madison Genesis) 10pts; 3 Chris Opie (ONE Pro Cycling) 6pts; 4 Kristian House (Condor-JLT) 6pts; 5 Ian Bibby (NFTO) 5pts; 6 Morgan Kneisky (Team Raleigh – GAC) 5pts; 7 Jon Mould (ONE Pro Cycling) 4pts; 8 Jonathan McEvoy (NFTO) 3pts; 9 Tobyn Horton (Madison Genesis) 3pts; 10 Mike Northey (Madison Genesis) 2pts;
11 Chris Lawless (Team WIGGINS) 1pt
OVERALL STANDINGS: 1 ONE Pro Cycling 20pts; 2 Madison Genesis 18pts; 3 NFTO 14pts; 4 Team Raleigh – GAC 14pts; 5 Pedal Heaven 12pts; 6 SportGrub Kuota 10pts; 7 Condor-JLT 10pts; 8 Velosure Starley Primal 6pts; 9 Team WIGGINS 4pts