After his victory in the People’s Choice Classic at the weekend, it was Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) who emerged victorious, outsprinting Danny Van Poppel (Team Sky) and Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) to claim the race’s first ochre leader’s jersey.
The early stages of the race were animated by Laurens De Vreese (Astana) who was the only rider to escape the peloton with a solo break.
However, the break was never likely to succeed with Orica-Scott aiming to set up a sprint finish for Ewan.
And the 22-year-old Australian delivered the win that many were expecting, launching his sprint with 250m to go to beat Van Poppel by half a bike length.
The race continues on Wednesday with the 148.5km stage two from Stirling to Paracombe, which includes an uphill finish that could end Ewan’s spell in ochre after just a single day.