A brave ride from Scott Davies saw the young Welshman claim maximum points in the King of the Mountains category and take over as the leader from teammate Nic Dlamini on stage 2 of the Tour of Britain.
The stage, finishing in Barnstaple, was won by Cameron Meyer (Mitchleton-Scott) with Alessandro Tonelli (Bardiani-CSF) in third.
It was an excellent day for Davies who rode aggressively from the outset. He first was part of a 5-man breakaway, which was later reduced to 3, and from which he made his own late solo bid for victory. It was not to be though, the game finally up in the final 5 kilometres after he was joined by Meyer and Tonelli before falling behind.
Davies managed to hang on through to the main group who fell just short of catching the final two riders from the breakaway, eventually crossing the line in 11th position.
He finished the day not only as the King of the Mountains but also walked away with the Combativity award for his efforts.
Scott Davies – Rider
I thought there may be a slight chance (of hanging on for a win) because if it came down to a sprint I was never going to win it, I may as well have a go and see how it went.
We’re going to get stuck in this week and carry on racing aggressively and hopefully we come away with a jersey or two and maybe a stage win.