Cyclist Robin Carpenter holds on to win Tour of Britain Devon stage

Torbay Weekly

Even the top sportsmen in the world take their eye off the ball sometimes, and that's what happened as American Robin Carpenter pulled off a 'solo' biggest win of his career in this week's Devon Stage Two of the Tour of Britain.

Under cloudless skies and cheered on by huge crowds around South Devon and over Dartmoor, some of the biggest names in cycling thought that perennial runner-up Carpenter (Rally Cycling) and four breakaway companions would 'crack'.

They allowed them a lead of up to seven minutes at one point over the 115-mile course from Sherford near Plymouth, through Totnes, Dartmouth, Slapton  Sands, Kingsbridge, Tavistock, Moretonhampstead to Exeter.

But 29-year-old Carpenter, from Philadelphia, didn't crack, finally dropping Jacob Scott of GB's Canyon SunGod team on the climb of Doccombe near Moreton.

The chasing pack closed fast on the run-in to the finish, but Carpenter held on by 33 seconds to win from Ethan Hayter (Ineos Grenadiers) and take the overall lead from Belgian star Wout van Aert (Team Jumbo Visma).

The Tour moved on to two days in Wales before heading North towards Sunday's finish in Aberdeen.

Career-best for Bayley

Paignton's Bayley Woodger earned the best result of his young career when he finished second in the National Youth Time Trial Championships at Mallory Park, Leicestershire.

It came in Bayley's last event before moving from Under-12 to Under-14 competition.

New personal best

Torquay's Harrison Wood, home from his career with Holland's SEG Racing Academy, set a new PB (18mins 58secs) to win the Plymouth Corinthian CC's 10-mile time trial on the A38 at Buckfastleigh.

Wood, 21, beat Paignton veteran Conrad Moss (Primera TeamJobs) by eight seconds, with Mid-Devon CC's Donald Brooks (20.17) sixth and Harry Loader (20.51) tenth.

Wood has a busy schedule of more races in Europe before learning whether he's picked for GB Under-23s in the World RR Championships in Belgium at the end of this month.