Two years ago the final stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain saw Jacob Scott missing out on the SKODA King of the Mountains jersey in agonising fashion, as he lost the jersey on the final day on the road into Cardiff.

24 months on and Scott, of the Swift Carbon Pro Cycling team, clinched the 2019 SKODA King of the Mountains jersey on the roads of Greater Manchester on Saturday afternoon, with a dominant display well clear of nearest rival Dries de Bondt (Corendon Circus).

“It’s just something I didn’t do two years ago I guess. I lost by one point and won by probably I don’t know how many. It’s a change. I wouldn’t say it was a specific target coming in, I wanted to try to something in a stage which I wanted to do today but I’m quite happy to win it obviously,” said Scott following the final podium celebrations.

The 24-year-old got to race through his home borough of Oldham on the final stage, but unlike earlier in the week couldn’t make it into the day’s breakaway, despite his plan to build a lead in the SKODA jersey standings over the opening days.

“I thought if I get it done in the beginning, then I’ve got more freedom towards the end of the week,” said Scott who took the jersey on Stage One, and kept it throughout with his intelligent and tactical riding, as well as winning the Wahooligan Combativity award on Stage Five.

Today suited me quite well but I’m a little bit disappointed. The only time I went to the back of the bunch all day and it just kicked off with INEOS riding. I made one big effort to get to the front and had a World Tour rider in front of me. I thought he would have jumped on the wheel when the gap went up a little bit and he just left it and I hesitated and the race had gone away.”

 

Scott was one of Swift Carbon’s key riders in securing the team their place at the OVO Energy Tour of Britain during the summer, but combined that with working in a bike shop, as well as preparing to race alongside World Tour professionals in the Tour.

“I haven’t done an eight-day stage race probably since Tour of Britain two years ago so that’s just the way it goes. I’d convinced myself that with working four days a week I’d probably have one really bad day and I don’t think I’ve had one bad day.

“I think I’ve been thinking more about the KOM jersey and saying right, I can take points there tomorrow and it will be easy then I can take points there. Whereas two years ago I was like right we have to take the points and then make the finish and then do everything else but this year I’ve been a bit more calm.”

While many of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain field were heading directly from Manchester to their next events, or final preparations for the World Championships in Yorkshire, Scott was preparing for a Monday morning back at work.

“There’s no stressing here. I’m quite happy doing both at the moment but obviously I’d like to be going back full time next year, wherever that might be. But there’s no stress. I’ve been a bit sick the last couple of days but nothing that couldn’t get me round today so we’ll see if I’m at work on Monday but I imagine I will be!”

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