Yanto Barker shrugged off a ‘scrappy’ display as he toasted team time trial delight in Ryde.
The ONE Pro Cycling road captain led his outfit to a stunning success in the 2015 Pearl Izumi Tour Series curtain-raiser yesterday.
Barker joined Chris Opie, Jon Mould, Marcin Bialoblocki and George Harper on the start line for the race against the clock.
And they recorded a blistering 3min 44.504sec over two laps of the 1.3km course, earning the right to wear the leaders’ jerseys in the evening criterium.
Madison Genesis were more than four seconds adrift as they clocked 3.48.576 for second spot.
Pedal Heaven bagged third in a time of 3.52.463.
There is no point being nice and tight, all smooth, and going five seconds or 10 seconds slower each lapYanto Barker
But there was no doubting the winners, even if they were not as clean as Barker would have liked.
The 35-year-old said: ‘Obviously to get the fastest time was the plan.
‘It was quite difficult because the weather was not particularly nice.
‘But I do think everybody had similar conditions.
‘It wasn’t like there was a drying line.
‘I look back and think maybe we were a little scrappy.
‘But Steve Benton (ONE Pro Cycling performance coach) made a point of saying if you are on the limit, you are going to be a little bit scrappy.
‘There is no point being nice and tight, all smooth, and going five seconds or 10 seconds slower each lap.’
Barker & Co could have stopped the clock even quicker only for Bialoblocki to cross the line around 15 metres adrift of his team-mates.
Barker said: ‘Marcin wasn’t behind on ability. He was just a little bit tight on the wheel in front of him coming into the last corner.
‘Obviously there is a braking zone and they broke a little harder than he was anticipating.
‘We did say back off five per cent for the corners and take absolutely no risks.
‘There was no point decking it because then you’ve lost the whole thing.’
Team WIGGINS only fielded four riders, so had to make do with last spot.
TIME TRIAL RESULT: 1 ONE Pro Cycling 3.44.504; 2 Madison Genesis 3.48.576; 3 Pedal Heaven 3.52.463; 4 Team Raleigh – GAC 3.53.504; 5 NFTO 3.56.419; 6 Condor-JLT 3.58.804; 7 SportGrub Kuota 3.59.917; 8 Velosure Starley Primal 4.00.010; 9 Team WIGGINS 4.27.514