Tommy Bustard won the Totnes Vire – 2 – Day stage race after inclement weather forced the cancelation of the final stage.
The promoting club’s Peter Vincent laid down a marker in the opening 3.5-mile time trial, finishing six seconds clear of Tavis Walker (Wilier-Live To Ride), but the eventual outcome of the race was largely shaped by the lap primes for time bonuses in the following six-lap, 66-mile leg.
Vincent, Simon Baxter (Herbalife Leisure Lakes Bikes.com) and Adam Bright (Primal Europe) broke away for the second-lap prime and were joined by another eight riders in what proved to be the decisive move.
Bright mopped up the majority of the primes, but paid for his efforts and slipped back to the bunch as he cramped up on the last lap to lose all his previous gains as Tommy broke off the front with Tom Stockdale (Primal Europe).
Tommy, proved strongest at the finish, opening up a three-second gap over his rival which was just enough to snatch overall victory by a single second with Ben Stockdale (Metaltek-Scott) leading in the rest at 47 seconds to claim third place overall.
Simon having finished 4th on Stage 2 was awarded 5th overall in the General Classification.