JOE Evans started his 2014 cycling season with an excellent second place at the Cadence Junior Road Race in Wales on Sunday.
The Uttoxeter teenager, now racing for the new Haribo Beacon team, struck late on in Brecon to snatch the runners-up spot behind team-mate James Shaw.
The Thomas Alleynes sixth former said: “It was a good race and a very good result for the team.
“James was strong and got his timing just right. It’s a really good start to the season.”
The race was a tour de force for the Haribo Beacon boys from the off.
Team rider Tom Baylis broke clear in the early stages and stayed clear for the first three laps of the 11km course, with his lead peaking at 1min 20secs.
As Baylis’ lead was pulled back by the chasing pack, Shaw attacked and jumped clear.
This was to prove the decisive break of the race, with Shaw riding strongly to pull out a lead of more than two minutes at the end.
While all of this was going on, Evans was playing the waiting game, sitting in the bunch conserving his energy.
With two laps to go and Shaw away for the win, Evans decided it was time for him to go on the attack, which he did, taking team mate Levi Moody with him.
The two riders worked steadily together and moved out to a two-minute lead over the chasing pack.
Coming to the last climb to the finish line Evans put the pressure on again and was able to drop his team-mate to finish second, with Moody third.
It was an excellent 1-2-3 for the new team. The next race in the national series is the two-day Tour of the Mendips on April 5 and 6.