Tour Series 2012 round one photo gallery by Andy Jones>>
A fast technical circuit saw Endura's Scott Thwaites storm to the win in the Halfords Tour Series opener in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland on Tuesday.
It proved to be an attacking race with moves going off the front every lap. Marcel Six made all the right moves to secure the Boardman intermediate sprints points before Kristian House, Ed Clancy and Dean Windsor made a move which held off the front for several laps.
However, they were reeled in as the race came in to its final quarter. Most of the teams were well represented in the final selection of the race but it was Thwaites, the recent winner of The Tour of the Reservoir, that headed the super-fast sprint along the Esplanade to take victory from Raleigh's Bernard Sulzberger and Node4's Rico Rogers.
Evening sunshine kissed the Scottish east coast course though there was always the threat of squally showers passing close by which did eventually give the odd damp patch on the back of the course late on in the action.
Good crowds gathered to watch the action unfold in this first ever Tour Series round to be held in Scotland.
The 2012 Tour Series visits Durham on Thursday for round two.
Halfords Tour Series, round one: Kirkcaldy
1. Scott Thwaites (Endura Racing)
2. Bernard Sulzberger (Raleigh-GAC)
3. Rico Rogers (Node4-Giordana Racing)
4. Dean Windsor (Endura Racing)
5. Chris Opie (UK Youth)
6. Yanto Barker (UK Youth)
7. Niklas Gustavsson (UK Youth)
8. Jonathan McEvoy (Endura Racing)
9. David McGowan (UK Youth)
10. Graham Briggs (Raleigh-GAC)
Team result: Round one
1. Endura Racing
2. Team UK Youth
3. Team Raleigh-GAC
4. Node4-Giordana Racing
5. Rapha Condor Sharp
6. Metaltek Scott
7. IG-Sigma Sport
8. Cycle Premier-Kovert
9. Team Hope Factory Racing
10. Herbalife LeisureLakesBikes
Team standings after round one
1. Endura Racing 10pts
2. UK Youth 9pts
3. Raleigh-GAC 8pts
4. Node4-Giordana Racing 7pts
5. Rapha Condor Sharp 6pts
6. Metaltek Scott 5pts
7. IG-Sigma Sport 4pts
8. Cycle Premier-Kovert 3pts
9. Hope Factory Racing 2pts
10. Herbalife LeisureLakesBikes 1pt
Boardman Bikes sprint competition round winner
Marcel Six (Metaltek Scott)
Boardman Bikes sprint standings after round one
1. Marcel Six (Metaltek Scott) 10pts
2. Bernard Sulzberger (Raleigh-GAC) 8pts
3. Kristian House (Rapha Condor Sharp) 6pts
And they're off...
Dean Downing heads the pack
Kristian House, Ed Clancy and Dean Windsor break
Scott Thwaites wins
Endura take the early lead in the team competition
Tour Series 2012, round one photo gallery by Andy Jones
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