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Evans keeps cool to win Tour of Ulster

 

By Adam McKendry

St Piran rider Joe Evans held on to win the 2018 Victus Tour of Ulster by 52 seconds after finishing as part of a bunch sprint in yesterday's final stage.

Evans finished ahead of Scott Auld (VC Toucy) and Conor Hennebry (Team Viner Caremark Pactimo) to claim the victory, with team-mate Oliver Maxwell a further minute and 20 seconds behind in fifth.

Yesterday's final stage, 10 laps to create a 71.7-mile course around the Banbridge area, was taken by Matteo Cigala (Team Viner Caremark Pactimo), who finished at the front of the group.

A small group of nine had broken away from the main group on the final lap, however they were caught with just 2km to the finish line to make for an exciting climax.

In all, 19 riders finished on the same time of 2h 45m 38s, Evans and Auld among them, but Italian Cigala just pipped his rivals to the finishing line.

That meant Evans walked away as the winner of the General Classification and also as the best Young Rider of the event.

There was some consolation for Auld, who won the Points Competition, while France's Jordan Levasseur - who finished 25th in the final stage, 11 seconds off Cigala - came out on top in the Mountains Competition.

• TEAM Astana have said they are "deeply sorry" after disaster was narrowly averted during Sunday's Tour de Yorkshire when a volunteer had to take evasive action to avoid being run over by one of the team's support cars.

Race marshal Philip Sullivan had to run away from the traffic island that he was stationed on before the car ploughed through.

"We're deeply sorry about the incident," Astana said in a statement. "The sport director that was driving the car contacted the race organiser directly after the race to send our apologies.

"We're trying to get in touch with the marshal. We never want this to happen again."

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