Johnny McEvoy is the new leader of the British Cycling GP Series, after sprinting to fourth at the Stockton GP.
McEvoy arrived at round two of the series placed sixth in the standings, following a solid performance at the Tour of the Reservoir.
Fourth on the day was enough to leapfrog the man from St. Helens into the leader’s jersey with a further two rounds remaining.
The next round of the series is the Ryedale GP on August 6, before the conclusion one week later at the Leicester Castle Classic on August 13.
How the race unfolded
A large field departed sunny Stockton at noon for 110-miles of racing – including Alex Blain, Matt Cronshaw, Rich Handley, Gruff Lewis, Erick Rowsell, Johnny McEvoy, Alex Paton and Connor Swift for Madison Genesis.
Paton infiltrated the early break of 11-riders, and the move was given a maximum of four minutes as the field completed ten laps of the large eight-mile circuit to the north of Stockton.
But as the race neared a return to the town centre for six rounds of four-miles, a strong chase was mounted behind by the peloton.
The pressure caused the the lead group to fracture and with three to go the race was all back together – including Paton.
A sprint to the line decided finishing positions and it was McEvoy that placed highest from Madison Genesis.