Shaw governs his rivals by claiming Stormont success
Damien Shaw rose to the challenge taking first place on the podium on Stage One of the AmberGreen Energy Tour of Ulster in partnership with SDS Group and Saltmarine Cars in Belfast.
Crowds gathered at the gates of Stormont to watch 140 cyclists set off in pairs for the Time Trial.
The cyclists raced past Carson's Monument before climbing the hill up to the steps at Stormont and it was Shaw, from Team ASEA, who took pole position securing the time trial in 1m46.19secs.
Second was Ronan McLoughlin from Carn Wheelers, in 1m47.09secs, while Felix English from Team Cheshire JLT Condor, was third in 1m 7.93secs.
Organiser Garry Nugent, of BGN Management, said: "It's a very hard climb, but each and every rider put their hearts and souls into this first stage.
"The weather stayed kind and the atmosphere has been amazing. Cycling in Northern Ireland has a huge following and we are delighted to have so many elite riders here from to share our passion."
The riders will today face their first road race from Malone Playing Fields in Belfast to Newry. Stage Two, taking the riders through Carryduff, Saintfield, Crossgar, Downpatrick, Clough and Newcastle.