ONE Pro Win Big in Korea

ONE Pro Cycling recently lined up in the 8 stage Tour de Korea race. Achieving fantastic results and a run in the leader’s yellow jersey. The first stage saw the race leave the second biggest city in Korea Busan, with a population of over 3.5million people and begin its 8 day journey north to finish in the capital Seoul.

Stage 1 saw the riders complete 189km heading inland from the coast on a wide dragging highways before taking in the only official climb of the day a 1.8km climb with an average gradient of 7.8%, with only 38km to race from the top was sure to see some action. With 25km remaining there was only one lone rider at the head of the race with the sprinters teams having done a lot of work to reduce the gap. As the sprint opened up ONE Pro’s lead out train had gone slightly early leaving Opie to sprint from 500 metres out unfortunately Opie faded slightly as he crossed the line in 5th place.

The second stage of the Tour of Korea was the longest of the 2016 edition starting in Gumi and heading west to finish on the coast in Gusan. The team focussed their efforts on delivering Chris Opie to the line and as the finish grew ever closer the squad were excellently placed. With 600 metres remaining the team expertly dropped Opie off with just 280 metres to go, allowing him to open up his trademark sprint, crossing the line with arms in the air to take his first Professional victory.

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Stage 3 rolled out of Gunsan for the 145.8km stage to Daejoen. Taking in one King of the Mountain classifications along the way. With 15km of racing complete, a group of 25 riders escaped off the front of the peloton including Pete Williams, Yanto Barker and Karol Domagalski for ONE Pro. With just 10km to go the break was now at 30 seconds and after a discussion with DS Matt Winston it was decided if the chance arose the power house Domagalski would attack out of the lead group. Making the left turn into the finishing straight the bunch were 50 metres behind but Karol Domagalski held on, crossing the line arms aloft with the sprinters either side of him.

Stage 4 was the second shortest in the race at a distance of 85.8km. The team managed the day well and maintained 3rd and 4th on the general classification for Opie and Karol. Stage 5 the Tour would prove to be the hottest stage of the race so far in more ways than one. The effort and power Williams and Domagalski were executing on the head of the break meant they shelled the other lead riders clinging on, leaving the only the duo remaining with 25km to go. After an amazing effort and powerful performance Pete Williams sent Domagalski to another win and the leader yellow jersey.

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A bittersweet conclusion on Day 6, ONE Pro handed over the Yellow jersey but had tasted victory over the last few days, the team now focussed their efforts on the final two stages of the tour. The penultimate stage of this year’s Tour of Korea left Chunju on its 142.8km journey to the capital Seoul. With 5km to go a move of 4 riders went clear with Kristian House in the move. Drapac’s representative in the break Brad Evans launched his sprint early with Kristian House surging forward as they dashed for the line with House punching the air as he crossed the line to take ONE Pro Cycling’s 4th victory of the week.

The 8th and final stage took the peloton around the nation’s capital Seoul, finishing with Chris Opie claiming a solid 2nd in the final sprint.