Domagalski crowned King of the Bergs at Rutland - Melton International CiCLE Classic

Steele Von Hoff (centre) pips Chris Opie (left) in a frantic sprint for the line in Sherrard Street EMN-150427-111226002
Steele Von Hoff (centre) pips Chris Opie (left) in a frantic sprint for the line in Sherrard Street EMN-150427-111226002
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Domagalski crowned King of the Bergs at Rutland - Melton International CiCLE Classic

Domagalski was always going to be one of the leading contenders to take the King of the Bergs title having rode the Vuelta a Espana in 2014 alongside the best riders in the world, the likes of Alberto Contador and Chris Froome. The Spanish race is one the three great cycle races along with the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France and it is a considerable feat just to finish the mountainous race.

Talking to Velo UK after the race Domagalski said: “It was a crazy race. Not so good luck for me as I get three flat tyres. I did everything possible today and was really tired in the last 10k in all the cars and lost lots of energy. For the last one kilometre, I was with Wilko (Ian Wilkinson) and did the first 500 metres for him and put him on the wheel of Von Hoff”.

“I do TroBro Leon which is similar but not the same. Today was really nice though, something new and a good experience and a crazy atmosphere with lots of people. I hope I can do it again next year.”

They may not have won the main prize but Tom Stewart (Madison-Genesis) won his weight in Grainstore Brewery beer as the first rider under the banner on the first circuit of Owston, as part of new element added into this year’s race.

The idea was motivated by a small village brewery in Belgium which did the same thing earlier this year in the Tour of Flanders.

Irish cyclist Matt Brammeier, of MTN-Qhubeka, won the intermediate sprint through the village of Sant Eloois Winkel in the Tour of Flanders to claim the prize from the Steene Molen brewery.

Another winner of an unusual prize was Alex Paton (Pedal Heaven) who won a specially-commissioned pork pie from sponsors Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe as the first rider across the finish line on the first circuit of Melton.

The team prize went to the Continent.