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2016 Tour of Britain (HC)

22nd edition: September 4 - September 11, 2016

Tour of Britain podium history | 2015 edition | 2017 edition
Stage 1 | Stage 2 | Stage 3 | Stage 4 | Stage 5 | Stage 6 | Stage 7a | Stage 7b | Stage 8


Sunday, September 11: 8th and final stage, London - London, 99.2 km

16 laps of 6.2 km

Caelb Ewan

Caleb Ewan wins Britain Tour stage 8

The Race: Here's the story from stage winner Caleb Ewan's Orica-BikeExchange team.

Multiple Tour Down Under stage winner Caleb Ewan sprinted brilliantly to victory on the eighth and final stage of the Tour of Britain today, blowing away the bunch to win by at least two clear bike lengths.

A breakaway of four was away for 90kilometres of the race before being caught with ten kilometres to go as the peloton began to organise itself for the sprint. The 22-year-old was well positioned by his ORICA-BikeExchange teammates going into the finale and was able to maintain his speed after a blistering early acceleration.

“I am super happy,” said Ewan at the finish. “It's great to finally get the win after coming close a couple of times earlier in the race, it all worked out perfectly today. It was a short but really fast stage that definitely suited me. The guys did a great job of keeping me in position and thankfully I was able to finish it off.”

A solid eight days of racing from ORICA-BikeExchange saw Ewan claim second place in the sprint on the opening stage then fourth on stage five whilst Slovenian Luka Mezgec notched up three top-ten finishes.

Basque climber Amets Txurruka was the highest placed rider for ORICA-BikeExchange on the general classification in 38th place with Stephen Cummings (Dimension-Data) winning the overall title.

Sport director Matt Wilson was pleased with the result and happy to finally get the win. “Obviously it was a fantastic result,” said Wilson. “We are all really happy with how it went today. It was our last chance to get the win and the stage suited Caleb (Ewan) very well.”

“The team did an excellent job in getting Caleb into the best position and he finished it off very very well and ended up winning by a few bike lengths. All the guys are super happy to have finally gotten the win that we’ve been working for all week. We left it until the last moment, but it’s great place to have taken the victory.”

How it happened: A fast start to the eighth and final stage in London saw four riders go clear on the first lap of sixteen and begin to develop an advantage. The quartet included Taylor Phinney (BMC). Thirty seconds separated the field and the leaders after four laps of racing with the pace remaining high.

Huge crowds lined the streets of central London as the Phinney group extended their advantage to one minute at the halfway point with Dimension-Data lined out at the front of the chasing peloton. With three laps remaining the lead group had been reduced to a trio with only 18seconds on the peloton and Etixx-Quickstep now on the front and leading the chase.

The catch was made with ten kilometres to go as the sprinter's teams began to fight for position at the front of the bunch with Etixx-Quickstep and Tony Martin leading the way. Team-Sky moved up inside the final few kilometres and led the bunch into the finale with Ewan tucked into the group a few wheels back.

The young Australian started his sprint early as the bunch began to split and flew up the side of the road to take a well deserved victory by more than a couple of bike lengths.

Complete Results:

99.2 kilometers raced at an average speed of 45.997 km/hr

1 Caleb Ewan Orica-BikeExchange 2hr 9min 24sec
2 Dylan Groenewegen LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
3 Jens Debusschere Lotto-Soudal s.t.
4 Boy van Poppel Trek-Segafredo s.t.
5 Elia Viviani Sky s.t.
6 André Greipel Lotto-Soudal s.t.
7 Daniel McLay Great Britain s.t.
8 Steele Von Hoff ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
9 Nicola Ruffoni Bardiani CSF s.t.
10 Paolo Simion Bardiani CSF s.t.
11 Carlos Barbero Caja Rural s.t.
12 Roy Curvers Giant-Alpecin s.t.
13 Russell Downing JLT-Condor s.t.
14 Rick Zabel BMC s.t.
15 Dylan van Baarle Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
16 Jack Bauer Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
17 Steve Cummings Dimension Data s.t.
18 Maximiliano Richeze Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
19 Xandro Meurisse Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
20 Ryan Mullen Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
21 Nicolas Vereecken An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
22 Nicolas Roche Sky s.t.
23 Tom Dumoulin Giant-Alpecin s.t.
24 Tony Gallopin Lotto-Soudal s.t.
25 Jacopo Mosca Trek-Segafredo s.t.
26 Oliver Wood Great Britain s.t.
27 Guillaume Martin Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
28 Ben Swift Sky s.t.
29 Domingos Gonçalves Caja Rural s.t.
30 Julien Vermote Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
31 Emiel Wastyn An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
32 Tao Geoghegan Hart Great Britain s.t.
33 Steve Lampier JLT-Condor s.t.
34 Martijn Tusveld Giant-Alpecin s.t.
35 Lukasz Wisniowski Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
36 Dion Smith ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
37 Rohan Dennis BMC s.t.
38 Ruben Zepuntke Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
39 Erick Rowsell Madison Genesis s.t.
40 Mark Christian Team Wiggins s.t.
41 Javier Aramendía Caja Rural @ 10sec
42 Amaël Moinard BMC s.t.
43 Mark Stewart Great Britain s.t.
44 Mark Cavendish Dimension Data s.t.
45 Mark Renshaw Dimension Data s.t.
46 Alistair Slater JLT-Condor +18''
47 Edoardo Zardini Bardiani CSF +21''
48 Diego Rubio Caja Rural s.t.
49 Giovanni Visconti Movistar +26''
50 Pete Williams ONE Pro Cycling +31''
51 Amets Txurruka Orica-BikeExchange +33''
52 Héctor Sáez Caja Rural +37''
53 Jorge Arcas Movistar s.t.
54 Mathew Cronshaw Madison Genesis s.t.
55 Eugenio Alafaci Trek-Segafredo s.t.
56 Jochem Hoekstra Giant-Alpecin s.t.
57 Wout Poels Sky s.t.
58 Edmund Bradbury NFTO s.t.
59 Daniel Martin Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
60 Maarten Wynants LottoNL-Jumbo +46''
61 Luka Mezgec Orica-BikeExchange +48''
62 Marco Marcato Wanty-Groupe Gobert +49''
63 Marcel Sieberg Lotto-Soudal +54''
64 Mark McNally Wanty-Groupe Gobert +1' 01''
65 Taylor Gunman Madison Genesis s.t.
66 Dale Appleby NFTO s.t.
67 Robert Wagner LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
68 Paul Martens LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
69 Bert-Jan Lindeman LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
70 Tom Leezer LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
71 Danny van Poppel Sky +1' 09''
72 Loïc Vliegen BMC +1' 14''
73 Miguel Ángel Benito Caja Rural s.t.
74 Thomas Moses JLT-Condor s.t.
75 Rob Partridge NFTO s.t.
76 Damien Shaw An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
77 Jonathan McEvoy NFTO +1' 22''
78 Alessandro Tonelli Bardiani CSF s.t.
79 Jasper De Buyst Lotto-Soudal +1' 26''
80 Bradley Team Wiggins Team Wiggins s.t.
81 Owain Doull Team Wiggins s.t.
82 Hayden McCormick ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
83 Enrico Gasparotto Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
84 Nicola Boem Bardiani CSF +1' 30''
85 Bernhard Eisel Dimension Data +1' 34''
86 Jacob Scott An Post-Chainreaction +1' 37''
87 Ian Stannard Sky +1' 38''
88 Ian Bibby NFTO s.t.
89 Adam Blythe Great Britain s.t.
90 Marco Coledan Trek-Segafredo +1' 42''
91 Conor Dunne JLT-Condor +2' 20''
92 Thomas Stewart Madison Genesis s.t.
93 Javier Moreno Movistar +2' 37''
94 Alex Dowsett Movistar +3' 07''
95 Tony Martin Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
96 Jay Thomson Dimension Data +3' 11''
97 Johann Van Zyl Dimension Data s.t.
98 Kristian House ONE Pro Cycling +3' 12''
99 Francesco Bongiorno Bardiani CSF +3' 14''
100 James Shaw Lotto-Soudal s.t.
101 Michael Hepburn Orica-BikeExchange +3' 17''
102 Alexander Edmondson Orica-BikeExchange +3' 19''
103 Karol Domagalski ONE Pro Cycling +3' 20''
104 Robert Power Orica-BikeExchange +3' 31''
105 Taylor Phinney BMC +5' 02''
106 Oliver Kent-Spark An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
107 Jasper Bovenhuis An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
108 Gabriel Cullaigh Great Britain s.t.
109 Matthew Holmes Madison Genesis +5' 53''
110 Daniel Pearson Team Wiggins s.t.
111 Liam Stones NFTO +5' 54''

Final GC after stage 8:

1,296.4 kilometers raced at an average speed of 41.139 km/hr

1 Steve Cummings Dimension Data 31hr 30min 45sec
2 Rohan Dennis BMC @ 26sec
3 Tom Dumoulin Giant-Alpecin +38''
4 Tony Gallopin Lotto-Soudal @ 1min 2sec
5 Dylan van Baarle Cannondale-Drapac +1' 21''
6 Nicolas Roche Sky +1' 26''
7 Xandro Meurisse Wanty-Groupe Gobert +1' 48''
8 Ben Swift Sky +1' 52''
9 Julien Vermote Etixx-Quick Step +2' 12''
10 Jacopo Mosca Trek-Segafredo +2' 32''
11 Guillaume Martin Wanty-Groupe Gobert +2' 52''
12 Mark Christian Team Wiggins +4' 02''
13 Daniel Martin Etixx-Quick Step +5' 10''
14 Tao Geoghegan Hart Great Britain +5' 23''
15 Erick Rowsell Madison Genesis +5' 41''
16 Dion Smith ONE Pro Cycling +6' 10''
17 Steve Lampier JLT-Condor +7' 05''
18 Domingos Gonçalves Caja Rural +8' 11''
19 Edoardo Zardini Bardiani CSF +8' 15''
20 Ruben Zepuntke Cannondale-Drapac +8' 42''
21 Edmund Bradbury NFTO +9' 32''
22 Russell Downing JLT-Condor +9' 54''
23 Jack Bauer Cannondale-Drapac +11' 04''
24 Giovanni Visconti Movistar +11' 35''
25 Francesco Bongiorno Bardiani CSF +12' 39''
26 Martijn Tusveld Giant-Alpecin +12' 50''
27 Marco Marcato Wanty-Groupe Gobert +13' 59''
28 Amaël Moinard BMC +15' 23''
29 Enrico Gasparotto Wanty-Groupe Gobert +16' 19''
30 Diego Rubio Caja Rural +16' 20''
31 Loïc Vliegen BMC s.t.
32 Wout Poels Sky +16' 52''
33 Nicolas Vereecken An Post-Chainreaction +17' 32''
34 Maarten Wynants LottoNL-Jumbo +17' 58''
35 Jochem Hoekstra Giant-Alpecin +18' 15''
36 Thomas Stewart Madison Genesis +18' 29''
37 Alistair Slater JLT-Condor +19' 55''
38 Amets Txurruka Orica-BikeExchange +20' 04''
39 Nicola Boem Bardiani CSF +21' 03''
40 Javier Moreno Movistar +21' 32''
41 Daniel Pearson Team Wiggins +22' 23''
42 Héctor Sáez Caja Rural +24' 25''
43 Pete Williams ONE Pro Cycling +26' 20''
44 Paul Martens LottoNL-Jumbo +26' 31''
45 Tony Martin Etixx-Quick Step +27' 51''
46 André Greipel Lotto-Soudal +28' 37''
47 Bert-Jan Lindeman LottoNL-Jumbo +28' 46''
48 Robert Power Orica-BikeExchange +28' 58''
49 Jorge Arcas Movistar +28' 59''
50 Carlos Barbero Caja Rural +31' 38''
51 Mark Stewart Great Britain +31' 48''
52 Lukasz Wisniowski Etixx-Quick Step +32' 16''
53 Danny van Poppel Sky +32' 23''
54 James Shaw Lotto-Soudal +33' 18''
55 Jens Debusschere Lotto-Soudal +35' 19''
56 Miguel Ángel Benito Caja Rural +35' 43''
57 Daniel McLay Great Britain +36' 10''
58 Jacob Scott An Post-Chainreaction +37' 10''
59 Ian Stannard Sky +38' 09''
60 Roy Curvers Giant-Alpecin +38' 31''
61 Dylan Groenewegen LottoNL-Jumbo +39' 10''
62 Gabriel Cullaigh Great Britain +39' 16''
63 Ian Bibby NFTO +39' 50''
64 Taylor Phinney BMC +40' 08''
65 Karol Domagalski ONE Pro Cycling +40' 17''
66 Matthew Holmes Madison Genesis +40' 39''
67 Steele Von Hoff ONE Pro Cycling +40' 50''
68 Rick Zabel BMC +41' 01''
69 Luka Mezgec Orica-BikeExchange +41' 11''
70 Boy van Poppel Trek-Segafredo +43' 41''
71 Tom Leezer LottoNL-Jumbo +44' 47''
72 Eugenio Alafaci Trek-Segafredo +44' 51''
73 Alessandro Tonelli Bardiani CSF +45' 59''
74 Caleb Ewan Orica-BikeExchange +46' 32''
75 Marcel Sieberg Lotto-Soudal +47' 47''
76 Bernhard Eisel Dimension Data +48' 09''
77 Paolo Simion Bardiani CSF +49' 27''
78 Mark McNally Wanty-Groupe Gobert +49' 38''
79 Maximiliano Richeze Etixx-Quick Step +51' 07''
80 Ryan Mullen Cannondale-Drapac +53' 20''
81 Jasper De Buyst Lotto-Soudal +53' 37''
82 Marco Coledan Trek-Segafredo +54' 17''
83 Mark Cavendish Dimension Data +55' 46''
84 Javier Aramendía Caja Rural +56' 06''
85 Thomas Moses JLT-Condor +56' 24''
86 Adam Blythe Great Britain +56' 34''
87 Nicola Ruffoni Bardiani CSF +56' 47''
88 Alex Dowsett Movistar +57' 37''
89 Hayden McCormick ONE Pro Cycling +57' 57''
90 Johann Van Zyl Dimension Data +58' 17''
91 Jonathan McEvoy NFTO +1h 00' 09''
92 Mark Renshaw Dimension Data +1h 00' 10''
93 Oliver Wood Great Britain +1h 02' 04''
94 Rob Partridge NFTO +1h 02' 10''
95 Dale Appleby NFTO +1h 02' 23''
96 Damien Shaw An Post-Chainreaction +1h 07' 01''
97 Robert Wagner LottoNL-Jumbo +1h 07' 16''
98 Conor Dunne JLT-Condor +1h 09' 40''
99 Jay Thomson Dimension Data +1h 11' 12''
100 Taylor Gunman Madison Genesis +1h 12' 13''
101 Oliver Kent-Spark An Post-Chainreaction +1h 13' 12''
102 Jasper Bovenhuis An Post-Chainreaction +1h 16' 01''
103 Owain Doull Team Wiggins +1h 17' 32''
104 Elia Viviani Sky +1h 18' 10''
105 Bradley Team Wiggins Team Wiggins +1h 19' 04''
106 Liam Stones NFTO +1h 19' 56''
107 Mathew Cronshaw Madison Genesis +1h 20' 33''
108 Kristian House ONE Pro Cycling +1h 23' 21''
109 Alexander Edmondson Orica-BikeExchange +1h 24' 38''
110 Michael Hepburn Orica-BikeExchange +1h 34' 28''
111 Emiel Wastyn An Post-Chainreaction +1h 37' 37''

Saturday, September 10: Stage 7b, Bristol circuit race, 90.6 km

Rohan Dennis

Rohan Dennis wins Tour of Britain stage 7b

The Race: Stage winner Rohan Dennis' BMC sent me this report of the day's racing.

10 September 2016, Bristol (GBR): Tour of Britain Stage 7 was a tale of two parts with riders tackling both an individual time trial as well as a circuit race through the centre of Bristol and saw Dennis put in two strong performances to move into second overall on the General Classification. 

Dennis was one of the final riders to roll off the ramp to start the time trial and was quickly able to find his rhythm, setting the fastest time at the intermediate check point. The Australian time trial champion was able to hold his form over the second half of the course and stopped the clock at 18:09 with only the time set by Tony Martin (Etixx - Quick Step) able to deny him a spot on the podium.

With another second place finish, Dennis further cemented his place at the top of the General Classification and inched closer to race leader Steve Cummings (Team Dimension Data), sitting 38 seconds back alongside Tom Dumoulin (Team Giant Alepcin). Taylor Phinney also started strongly over the 14.2km time trial course and set a competitive time at the first intermediate time check point but an unfortunate crash on the slippery roads saw him eventually cross the line just outside of the top ten in eleventh place, 40 seconds behind the stage winner Martin.

With the time trial wrapped up, the focus shifted to the day's 90km road race. With all the riders aware of what was to come over the circuit, the racing was aggressive as soon as the flag was dropped.

After two of six laps, a four-rider breakaway was able to extend a lead over the peloton but their advantage was kept within grasp, never reaching beyond 1 minute 40 seconds. The peloton brought the gap down to under a minute heading into the penultimate lap before the chase really stated with 15km to go.

Late attacks from the breakaway group saw the peloton have to wait until inside the final 4km to catch the remaining breakaway riders before heading onto the last ascent up Bridge Valley Road and the run in to the line.  With less than one second separating him from Dumoulin after the earlier time trial, Dennis made an impressive move off the front of the re-grouped peloton on the final slopes of this climb.

Dennis then dug deep to ride solo over the final kilometers of the day to take victory as well as six bonus seconds which saw him move up into second on the General Classification, 26 seconds behind Cummings with only one stage remaining.

Winner's Interview with Rohan Dennis:

Congratulations, Rohan. Two stages in one day including victory in the circuit race, how are you feeling right now?

"I feel pretty good. Obviously it's great to win and the team has worked for me all week which I am thankful for. I think in hindsight we had to throw everything at a few stages early on and we probably have to say that the GC is done and dusted but the team worked well for me today again and I am glad that I could pull it off at the finish line and finally get that win."

"As a team we have been knocking on door this week and coming second again in the time trial was a bit frustrating so it is definitely a good feeling that the team got that win and now we can walk away from the race knowing we have done everything we could to win."

"It's been really hard race this week and I think most days I have tried to open the race up and put myself in the best place to win and I think I really showed that today as well but if you don't try, you won't win."

How was the transition today between the time trial and the circuit race?

"I was fairly happy with how I did in the time trial and I was the quickest on the climb so we took a little bit of confidence out of that and as a team we discussed that if I could go for it on that final climb I would."

"I haven't ridden double stages consistently since I raced U23 back in 2010 so refocussing wasn't easy and actually over the first lap a lot of the GC guys actually got caught up when the peloton split. So, in the end it was actually a stage that once you were in there you couldn't take it easy or you could have lost the GC."

Can you talk us through the moment you decided to attack on the final climb?

"Coming into the second part of today I wanted to go all or nothing but at the beginning of the race I wasn't feeling too keen to go for it but when you get towards that point and everyone is fighting and the team is pushing you up and you feel like you have the legs, you tend to switch on mentally and that's when I started to play it by feel. When Dumoulin slowed down a bit I thought now is the time to attack and thankfully I was able to hold on to it.

And looking ahead to tomorrow?

"Tomorrow should be straight forward but sometimes when you know that and you know it is going to be a sprint you switch off mentally and that can be dangerous. The main thing we have to do is stay on it and not relax too much and as we have done all week if we see an opportunity to something with any of our riders we will take it."

Sports Director Jackson Stewart: "It was actually really helpful that we had the time trial before the circuit race. it was wet in the morning and we did a lap to check out the TT and for me, the course was a little bit more technical that I had pictured with a fast descent and a decent climb. With that in mind and with the weather, we didn't want to take a lot of risks, at least Rohan didn't looking at the objectives for the rest of the season and as we knew it was a tough ask to take first on GC."

"Rohan took it cautiously, unlike Phinney who went full gas and had a bit of the spill but thankfully he was alright. What we saw though was that on the second half of the time trial the effort Rohan put in on the climb was unmatched by anyone so heading into the circuit race we said that if he felt like he could do it, he would give it the same power and we believed he could win with that. Luckily he didn't have to do it alone and the team were able to move him up into position. Plus Lotto Soudal and Dumoulin tried to make it hard early and I think that set him up pretty well. He rode really smart today and timed it perfectly in the end."

"Across the board at every race the team have been riding well but until you get that win it almost feels like you haven't proved it so it's a great feeling for us here. Tomorrow is traditionally a sprint and I think we will probably see a fast race and one easy to control for the sprinter's teams but we will see what could happen."

Complete results:

90.6 kilometers raced at an average speed of 45.796 km/hr

1 Rohan Dennis BMC 1hr 58min 42sec
2 Maximiliano Richeze Etixx-Quick Step @ 6sec
3 Dylan Groenewegen LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
4 Danny van Poppel Sky s.t.
5 Carlos Barbero Caja Rural s.t.
6 Xandro Meurisse Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
7 Luka Mezgec Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
8 Tony Gallopin Lotto-Soudal s.t.
9 Marco Marcato Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
10 Dylan van Baarle Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
11 Dion Smith ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
12 Ben Swift Sky s.t.
13 Russell Downing JLT-Condor s.t.
14 Jacopo Mosca Trek-Segafredo s.t.
15 Steve Cummings Dimension Data s.t.
16 Nicolas Roche Sky s.t.
17 Ruben Zepuntke Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
18 Tom Dumoulin Giant-Alpecin s.t.
19 Tony Martin Etixx-Quick Step +10''
20 Mark Christian Team Wiggins s.t.
21 Tao Geoghegan Hart Great Britain s.t.
22 Guillaume Martin Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
23 Jack Bauer Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
24 Julien Vermote Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
25 Steve Lampier JLT-Condor s.t.
26 Paul Martens LottoNL-Jumbo +14''
27 Daniel Martin Etixx-Quick Step +16''
28 Erick Rowsell Madison Genesis +29''
29 Nicolas Vereecken An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
30 Edmund Bradbury NFTO +36''
31 Jorge Arcas Movistar s.t.
32 Mark Stewart Great Britain s.t.
33 Nicola Boem Bardiani-CSF +38''
34 Francesco Bongiorno Bardiani-CSF s.t.
35 Giovanni Visconti Movistar s.t.
36 Björn Thurau Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
37 Edoardo Zardini Bardiani-CSF s.t.
38 Amets Txurruka Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
39 Héctor Sáez Caja Rural s.t.
40 Gorka Izagirre Movistar +46''
41 Domingos Gonçalves Caja Rural +58''
42 Emiel Wastyn An Post-Chainreaction +1' 18''
43 Rick Zabel BMC +1' 19''
44 Adam Blythe Great Britain +1' 21''
45 Caleb Ewan Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
46 Gabriel Cullaigh Great Britain s.t.
47 Steele Von Hoff ONE Pro Cycling +1' 33''
48 Amaël Moinard BMC s.t.
49 Loïc Vliegen BMC s.t.
50 Javier Moreno Movistar s.t.
51 Alistair Slater JLT-Condor s.t.
52 Pete Williams ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
53 Martijn Tusveld Giant-Alpecin s.t.
54 Thomas Stewart Madison Genesis s.t.
55 Maarten Wynants LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
56 Jens Debusschere Lotto-Soudal s.t.
57 Javier Aramendía Caja Rural +2' 13''
58 Oliver Wood Great Britain +2' 33''
59 Daniel McLay Great Britain s.t.
60 Wout Poels Sky s.t.
61 Roy Curvers Giant-Alpecin s.t.
62 Ryan Mullen Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
63 Alex Dowsett Movistar s.t.
64 Paolo Simion Bardiani-CSF s.t.
65 Alessandro Tonelli Bardiani-CSF s.t.
66 Jochem Hoekstra Giant-Alpecin s.t.
67 Jacob Scott An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
68 Bert-Jan Lindeman LottoNL-Jumbo +3' 04''
69 Mark Renshaw Dimension Data +3' 13''
70 Jay Thomson Dimension Data s.t.
71 Eugenio Alafaci Trek-Segafredo s.t.
72 Marco Coledan Trek-Segafredo s.t.
73 Dale Appleby NFTO s.t.
74 Nicola Ruffoni Bardiani-CSF s.t.
75 Taylor Eisenhart BMC +3' 28''
76 Taylor Phinney BMC s.t.
77 James Shaw Lotto-Soudal s.t.
78 Jonathan McEvoy NFTO s.t.
79 Mark McNally Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
80 Marcel Sieberg Lotto-Soudal s.t.
81 Bernhard Eisel Dimension Data s.t.
82 André Greipel Lotto-Soudal s.t.
83 Jasper De Buyst Lotto-Soudal s.t.
84 Matthew Holmes Madison Genesis s.t.
85 Enrico Gasparotto Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
86 Boy van Poppel Trek-Segafredo s.t.
87 Alexander Edmondson Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
88 Hayden McCormick ONE Pro Cycling +3' 57''
89 Robert Power Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
90 Rob Partridge NFTO +4' 01''
91 Ian Stannard Sky s.t.
92 Lukasz Wisniowski Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
93 Michael Hepburn Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
94 Karol Domagalski ONE Pro Cycling +4' 52''
95 Diego Rubio Caja Rural +5' 11''
96 Miguel Ángel Benito Caja Rural +7' 03''
97 Ian Bibby NFTO +7' 08''
98 Thomas Moses JLT-Condor s.t.
99 Daniel Pearson Team Wiggins s.t.
100 Conor Dunne JLT-Condor s.t.
101 Damien Shaw An Post-Chainreaction +8' 31''
102 Johann Van Zyl Dimension Data s.t.
103 Oliver Kent-Spark An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
104 Jasper Bovenhuis An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
105 Elia Viviani Sky +9' 10''
106 Mark Cavendish Dimension Data s.t.
107 Tom Leezer LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
108 Robert Wagner LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
109 Owain Doull Team Wiggins s.t.
110 Kristian House ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
111 Christopher Latham Team Wiggins s.t.
112 Taylor Gunman Madison Genesis s.t.
113 Mathew Cronshaw Madison Genesis s.t.
114 Bradley Wiggins Team Wiggins s.t.
115 Liam Stones NFTO s.t.

GC after Stage 7b:

1,197.2 kilometers raced so far at an average speed of 40.782 km/hr

1 Steve Cummings Dimension Data 29hr 21min 21sec
2 Rohan Dennis BMC @ 26sec
3 Tom Dumoulin Giant-Alpecin +38''
4 Tony Gallopin Lotto-Soudal +1' 02''
5 Dylan van Baarle Cannondale-Drapac +1' 21''
6 Nicolas Roche Sky +1' 26''
7 Xandro Meurisse Wanty-Groupe Gobert +1' 48''
8 Ben Swift Sky +1' 52''
9 Julien Vermote Etixx-Quick Step +2' 12''
10 Jacopo Mosca Trek-Segafredo +2' 32''
11 Guillaume Martin Wanty-Groupe Gobert +2' 52''
12 Mark Christian Team Wiggins +4' 02''
13 Daniel Martin Etixx-Quick Step +4' 33''
14 Tao Geoghegan Hart Great Britain +5' 23''
15 Erick Rowsell Madison Genesis +5' 41''
16 Dion Smith ONE Pro Cycling +6' 10''
17 Steve Lampier JLT-Condor +7' 05''
18 Gorka Izagirre Movistar +7' 36''
19 Edoardo Zardini Bardiani-CSF +7' 54''
20 Domingos Gonçalves Caja Rural +8' 11''
21 Ruben Zepuntke Cannondale-Drapac +8' 42''
22 Edmund Bradbury NFTO +8' 55''
23 Francesco Bongiorno Bardiani-CSF +9' 25''
24 Russell Downing JLT-Condor +9' 54''
25 Jack Bauer Cannondale-Drapac +11' 04''
26 Giovanni Visconti Movistar +11' 09''
27 Martijn Tusveld Giant-Alpecin +12' 50''
28 Marco Marcato Wanty-Groupe Gobert +13' 10''
29 Enrico Gasparotto Wanty-Groupe Gobert +14' 53''
30 Loïc Vliegen BMC +15' 06''
31 Amaël Moinard BMC +15' 13''
32 Diego Rubio Caja Rural +15' 59''
33 Thomas Stewart Madison Genesis +16' 13''
34 Wout Poels Sky +16' 15''
35 Daniel Pearson Team Wiggins +16' 30''
36 Maarten Wynants LottoNL-Jumbo +17' 12''
37 Nicolas Vereecken An Post-Chainreaction +17' 32''
38 Jochem Hoekstra Giant-Alpecin +17' 38''
39 Javier Moreno Movistar +18' 55''
40 Amets Txurruka Orica-BikeExchange +19' 31''
41 Nicola Boem Bardiani-CSF +19' 33''
42 Alistair Slater JLT-Condor +19' 37''
43 Héctor Sáez Caja Rural +23' 48''
44 Tony Martin Etixx-Quick Step +24' 44''
45 Robert Power Orica-BikeExchange +25' 27''
46 Paul Martens LottoNL-Jumbo +25' 30''
47 Pete Williams ONE Pro Cycling +25' 49''
48 Bert-Jan Lindeman LottoNL-Jumbo +27' 45''
49 Jorge Arcas Movistar +28' 22''
50 André Greipel Lotto-Soudal +28' 37''
51 James Shaw Lotto-Soudal +30' 04''
52 Björn Thurau Wanty-Groupe Gobert +31' 13''
53 Danny van Poppel Sky +31' 14''
54 Mark Stewart Great Britain +31' 38''
55 Carlos Barbero Caja Rural +31' 38''
56 Lukasz Wisniowski Etixx-Quick Step +32' 16''
57 Gabriel Cullaigh Great Britain +34' 18''
58 Miguel Ángel Benito Caja Rural +34' 29''
59 Matthew Holmes Madison Genesis +34' 46''
60 Taylor Phinney BMC +35' 10''
61 Jens Debusschere Lotto-Soudal +35' 23''
62 Jacob Scott An Post-Chainreaction +35' 33''
63 Daniel McLay Great Britain +36' 10''
64 Ian Stannard Sky +36' 31''
65 Karol Domagalski ONE Pro Cycling +36' 57''
66 Ian Bibby NFTO +38' 12''
67 Roy Curvers Giant-Alpecin +38' 31''
68 Taylor Eisenhart BMC +38' 43''
69 Dylan Groenewegen LottoNL-Jumbo +39' 16''
70 Luka Mezgec Orica-BikeExchange +40' 23''
71 Steele Von Hoff ONE Pro Cycling +40' 50''
72 Rick Zabel BMC +41' 01''
73 Boy van Poppel Trek-Segafredo +43' 41''
74 Tom Leezer LottoNL-Jumbo +43' 46''
75 Eugenio Alafaci Trek-Segafredo +44' 14''
76 Alessandro Tonelli Bardiani-CSF +44' 37''
77 Bernhard Eisel Dimension Data +46' 35''
78 Caleb Ewan Orica-BikeExchange +46' 42''
79 Marcel Sieberg Lotto-Soudal +46' 53''
80 Mark McNally Wanty-Groupe Gobert +48' 37''
81 Paolo Simion Bardiani-CSF +49' 27''
82 Maximiliano Richeze Etixx-Quick Step +51' 07''
83 Jasper De Buyst Lotto-Soudal +52' 11''
84 Marco Coledan Trek-Segafredo +52' 35''
85 Ryan Mullen Cannondale-Drapac +53' 20''
86 Alex Dowsett Movistar +54' 30''
87 Adam Blythe Great Britain +54' 56''
88 Johann Van Zyl Dimension Data +55' 06''
89 Thomas Moses JLT-Condor +55' 10''
90 Mark Cavendish Dimension Data +55' 36''
91 Javier Aramendía Caja Rural +55' 56''
92 Hayden McCormick ONE Pro Cycling +56' 31''
93 Nicola Ruffoni Bardiani-CSF +56' 47''
94 Jonathan McEvoy NFTO +58' 47''
95 Mark Renshaw Dimension Data +1h 00' 00''
96 Rob Partridge NFTO +1h 00' 56''
97 Dale Appleby NFTO +1h 01' 22''
98 Oliver Wood Great Britain +1h 02' 04''
99 Damien Shaw An Post-Chainreaction +1h 05' 47''
100 Robert Wagner LottoNL-Jumbo +1h 06' 15''
101 Conor Dunne JLT-Condor +1h 07' 20''
102 Jay Thomson Dimension Data +1h 08' 01''
103 Oliver Kent-Spark An Post-Chainreaction +1h 08' 10''
104 Jasper Bovenhuis An Post-Chainreaction +1h 11' 05''
105 Taylor Gunman Madison Genesis +1h 11' 12''
106 Liam Stones NFTO +1h 14' 02''
107 Owain Doull Team Wiggins +1h 16' 06''
108 Christopher Latham Team Wiggins +1h 16' 15''
109 Bradley Wiggins Team Wiggins +1h 17' 38''
110 Elia Viviani Sky +1h 18' 10''
111 Mathew Cronshaw Madison Genesis +1h 19' 56''
112 Kristian House ONE Pro Cycling +1h 20' 09''
113 Alexander Edmondson Orica-BikeExchange +1h 21' 19''
114 Michael Hepburn Orica-BikeExchange +1h 31' 11''
115 Emiel Wastyn An Post-Chainreaction +1h 37' 37''

Saturday, September 10: Stage 7a, Bristol 15 km individual time trial

Tony Martin

Tony Martin riding to his stage 7a win

The Race: Here's the story from Stage winner Tony Martin's Etixx-Quick Step team.

German ITT champion Tony Martin showed his class in stage 7a of the Tour of Britain, which he won after a remarkable ride.

Eight months since Etixx – Quick-Step's maiden success of the year, which came on the opening day of the Tour de San Luis, in the team time trial, our squad scored win number 50, also in a race against the clock, but this time in the Northern Hemisphere, at the Tour of Britain, where Etixx – Quick-Step holds the record for the most stage victories (20). Tony Martin was the one to take center stage on Saturday, on the streets of Bristol, where the race scheduled a 15-km long individual time trial.

The weather didn't play into the riders' advantage on stage 7a, as the rain made for some slippery roads, but that didn't stop Tony from racing one of his best time trials of the year. The German national champion, who rode this week in support of Julien Vermote while his Belgian teammate held the yellow jersey, headed down the ramp after doing a recon early in the morning and put in the big watts right from the start, going through the halfway mark one second faster than provisional leader Alex Dowsett (Movistar).

On the second part of the course, which included some rolling segments, Tony Martin continued to ride at a blistering pace, negotiated the corners and descents with huge confidence and smashed the Brit's time at the finish, where he was clocked up in 18:06. At the end of the day, the 31-year-old German Champion was three, respectively five seconds faster than Rohan Dennis (BMC) and Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin), who rounded out the podium. Another Etixx – Quick-Step rider, Julien Vermote, who won stage 2 and led the race for four days, posted a good time thanks to which he made his way back to the top 10 overall.

"The course was really nice, but the weather and the rain made it slippery and dangerous, especially as you had to fight for every second and give it your all in the corners. Fortunately, I did a good recon before the start and knew what were the tricky points of this route and how fast I could go", said Tony Martin, who took his first ever victory at the Tour of Britain.

After notching up Etixx – Quick-Step's 50th success since the start of the year, Tony talked of what this result means for him on a personal level: "To be sincere, I wasn't expecting to go so fast, because it's been a hard week for us, but sometimes when you don't expect a good performance you do even better. The world's best time trialists are here and to beat them so close to the World Championships in Qatar gives me a boost of morale and makes me really happy."

Results:

15 kilometers raced at an average speed of 49.724 km/hr

1 Tony Martin Etixx-Quick Step 18min 6sec
2 Rohan Dennis BMC @ 3sec
3 Tom Dumoulin Giant-Alpecin +5''
4 Steve Cummings Dimension Data +16''
5 Tony Gallopin Lotto-Soudal +25''
6 Gorka Izagirre Movistar s.t.
7 Alex Dowsett Movistar +35''
8 Nicolas Roche Sky +36''
9 Ryan Mullen Cannondale-Drapac +39''
10 Dylan van Baarle Cannondale-Drapac +40''
11 Taylor Phinney BMC s.t.
12 Tao Geoghegan Hart Great Britain +44''
13 Jochem Hoekstra Giant-Alpecin +47''
14 Jorge Arcas Movistar +48''
15 Martijn Tusveld Giant-Alpecin +49''
16 Taylor Eisenhart BMC +50''
17 Edmund Bradbury NFTO +51''
18 Ben Swift Sky +54''
19 Héctor Sáez Caja Rural +55''
20 Julien Vermote Etixx-Quick Step +59''
21 Erick Rowsell Madison Genesis +1' 00''
22 Pete Williams ONE Pro Cycling +1' 01''
23 Wout Poels Sky s.t.
24 Dion Smith ONE Pro Cycling +1' 02''
25 Jon Dibben Team Wiggins s.t.
26 Mark Christian Team Wiggins +1' 03''
27 Xandro Meurisse Wanty-Groupe Gobert +1' 06''
28 Karol Domagalski ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
29 Javier Moreno Movistar +1' 07''
30 Domingos Gonçalves Caja Rural s.t.
31 Ruben Zepuntke Cannondale-Drapac +1' 18''
32 Steve Lampier JLT-Condor s.t.
33 Jack Bauer Cannondale-Drapac +1' 21''
34 Marco Marcato Wanty-Groupe Gobert +1' 23''
35 Diego Rubio Caja Rural +1' 26''
36 Alexander Edmondson Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
37 Jacopo Mosca Trek-Segafredo +1' 28''
38 Nicolas Vereecken An Post-Chainreaction +1' 30''
39 Edoardo Zardini Bardiani-CSF +1' 33''
40 Lukasz Wisniowski Etixx-Quick Step +1' 36''
41 Marco Coledan Trek-Segafredo +1' 38''
42 Björn Thurau Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
43 Maarten Wynants LottoNL-Jumbo +1' 39''
44 Guillaume Martin Wanty-Groupe Gobert +1' 40''
45 Russell Downing JLT-Condor s.t.
46 Amets Txurruka Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
47 Alistair Slater JLT-Condor +1' 41''
48 Boy van Poppel Trek-Segafredo s.t.
49 Robert Power Orica-BikeExchange +1' 44''
50 Hayden McCormick ONE Pro Cycling +1' 45''
51 Thomas Stewart Madison Genesis +1' 47''
52 James Shaw Lotto-Soudal +1' 49''
53 Miguel Ángel Benito Caja Rural s.t.
54 Mark McNally Wanty-Groupe Gobert +1' 50''
55 Thomas Moses JLT-Condor +1' 51''
56 Roy Curvers Giant-Alpecin s.t.
57 Matthew Holmes Madison Genesis s.t.
58 Alessandro Tonelli Bardiani-CSF +1' 54''
59 Rob Partridge NFTO +1' 57''
60 Loïc Vliegen BMC +1' 58''
61 Jens Debusschere Lotto-Soudal +1' 59''
62 Rick Zabel BMC +2' 02''
63 Mark Stewart Great Britain +2' 03''
64 Giovanni Visconti Movistar s.t.
65 Enrico Gasparotto Wanty-Groupe Gobert +2' 04''
66 Mathew Cronshaw Madison Genesis +2' 09''
67 Eugenio Alafaci Trek-Segafredo +2' 13''
68 Steele Von Hoff ONE Pro Cycling +2' 14''
69 Gabriel Cullaigh Great Britain s.t.
70 Johann Van Zyl Dimension Data +2' 15''
71 Liam Stones NFTO +2' 17''
72 Paul Martens LottoNL-Jumbo +2' 18''
73 Bert-Jan Lindeman LottoNL-Jumbo +2' 20''
74 Amaël Moinard BMC +2' 21''
75 Conor Dunne JLT-Condor +2' 23''
76 Owain Doull Team Wiggins +2' 24''
77 Jacob Scott An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
78 Nicola Boem Bardiani-CSF s.t.
79 Bradley Wiggins Team Wiggins +2' 25''
80 Carlos Barbero Caja Rural +2' 26''
81 Kristian House ONE Pro Cycling +2' 28''
82 Daniel Martin Etixx-Quick Step +2' 29''
83 Francesco Bongiorno Bardiani-CSF +2' 30''
84 Jasper Bovenhuis An Post-Chainreaction +2' 31''
85 André Greipel Lotto-Soudal +2' 32''
86 Dylan Groenewegen LottoNL-Jumbo +2' 34''
87 Oliver Wood Great Britain s.t.
88 Oliver Kent-Spark An Post-Chainreaction +2' 35''
89 Jasper De Buyst Lotto-Soudal s.t.
90 Jay Thomson Dimension Data +2' 37''
91 Luka Mezgec Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
92 Paolo Simion Bardiani-CSF s.t.
93 Elia Viviani Sky +2' 39''
94 Ian Bibby NFTO +2' 40''
95 Emiel Wastyn An Post-Chainreaction +2' 40''
96 Adam Blythe Great Britain +2' 41''
97 Damien Shaw An Post-Chainreaction +2' 42''
98 Jonathan McEvoy NFTO s.t.
99 Robert Wagner LottoNL-Jumbo +2' 46''
100 Maximiliano Richeze Etixx-Quick Step +2' 49''
101 Tom Leezer LottoNL-Jumbo +2' 50''
102 Marcel Sieberg Lotto-Soudal +2' 53''
103 Dale Appleby NFTO +2' 57''
104 Ian Stannard Sky s.t.
105 Caleb Ewan Orica-BikeExchange +2' 58''
106 Danny van Poppel Sky +3' 08''
107 Nicola Ruffoni Bardiani-CSF s.t.
108 Daniel Pearson Team Wiggins +3' 11''
109 Taylor Gunman Madison Genesis +3' 12''
110 Bernhard Eisel Dimension Data +3' 13''
111 Christopher Latham Team Wiggins +3' 17''
112 Michael Hepburn Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
113 Mark Renshaw Dimension Data +3' 18''
114 Javier Aramendía Caja Rural +3' 33''
115 Mark Cavendish Dimension Data +3' 34''
116 Daniel McLay Great Britain +4' 52''

GC after Stage 7a:

  1. Stephen Cummings (Dimension Data) 27hr 22min 23sec
  2. Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) @ 38sec
  3. Rohan Dennis (BMC) s.t.
  4. Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Soudal) @ 1min 2sec
  5. Dylan van Baarle (Cannondale-Drapac) @ 1min 21sec
  6. Nicolas Roche (Sky) @ 1mi 26sec
  7. Xandro Meurisse (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) @ 1min 48sec
  8. Ben Swift (Sky) @ 1min 52sec
  9. Julien Vermote (Etixx-Quick Step) @ 2min 8sec
  10. Jacopo Mosca (Trek-Segafredo) @ 2min 32sec

Friday, September 9: Stage 6, Sidmouth - Haytor, 149.9 km

Wouter Poels

Wouter Poels wins Tour of Britain stage 6

The Race: Stage winner Wouter Poels' Team Sky told the story of the day's racing thus:

Wout Poels stormed to victory on the Tour of Britain's queen stage for the second year running.

Poels jumped away from a severely reduced peloton in the closing two kilometres on the race's only summit finish and nobody could catch the Dutchman, who claimed the win atop the famous Haytor climb.

Ian Stannard and Danny van Poppel had both produced excellent and sustained shifts at the front of the peloton in the closing 30km to bring the break back and then Poels did the rest, following the early moves on the 6km Haytor, before picking his moment perfectly.

Countryman Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) briefly looked like he might be able to follow Poels, but he couldn't haul him back, and the 28 year old replicated his 2015 success, when he won atop Hartside Fell.

Ben Swift and Nicolas Roche dug in to finish strongly, with Roche coming home sixth, and Swift finishing just outside the top 10 to both remain well positioned overall. Steve Cummings (Dimension Data) battled to eighth to move into the race lead.

Speaking after the stage Poels expressed his delight at winning at the Tour of Britain for the second year running. He said: "It's really nice to win, especially as there's only one uphill finish. I'm really happy with that. I wanted to try here for the GC but the second day wasn't good, so I really wanted to win today on this finish.

"It's my third win at the Tour of Britain, and sixth of the season! It's been going really well this year and it's always nice to win at the Tour of Britain. It's a really nice race with lots of crowds. On the climb it was really busy, and I really like it when the school children are out next to the road. We don't have that in the Netherlands and it's nice to see. We took control a little bit in the last part and we wanted to close the gap to go for the stage victory. Yogi and Danny did a really, really good job."

Just four men went up the road almost straight from the gun, but their gap never looked dangerous. Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) hit out alone on the penultimate climb as the peloton closed on the group, although the move always looked to be in vain - and so it proved.

Once Stannard and Van Poppel hit the front the gap was whittled down, and the catch was made inside the final 10km. Van Poppel then kept the pace high, preventing further attacks ahead of the climb, before Poels patrolled the front of the bunch on the Haytor's early slopes.

A four-man group went clear, including Poels, and then the Dutchman went alone at the perfect moment to seal the win.

Complete results:

1 POELS Wouter Sky 3hr 56min 15sec
2 DENNIS Rohan BMC @ 7sec
3 DUMOULIN Tom Giant-Alpecin 0:00:08
4 VAN BAARLE Dylan Cannondale-Drapac 0:00:12
5 MEURISSE Xandro Wanty-Groupe Gobert 0:00:17
6 ROCHE Nicholas Sky s.t.
7 GALLOPIN Tony Lotto-Soudal s.t.
8 CUMMINGS Stephen Dimension Data 0:00:21
9 ROWSELL Erick Madison Genesis 0:00:31
10 IZAGUIRRE Gorka Movistar s.t.
11 MOSCA Jacopo Trek-Segafredo s.t.
12 MARTIN Guillaume Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
13 GEOGHEGAN HART Tao Great Britain 0:00:35
14 SWIFT Ben Sky 0:00:38
15 CHRISTIAN Mark Team Wiggins s.t.
16 POWER Robert Orica-BikeExchange 0:00:47
17 SMITH Dion ONE Pro Cycling 0:01:10
18 TXURRUKA Amets Orica-BikeExchange 0:01:17
19 BONGIORNO Francesco Bardiani-CSF 0:01:27
20 MARTIN Daniel Etixx-Quick Step 0:01:33
21 ZARDINI Edoardo Bardiani-CSF 0:01:41
22 LAMPIER Steven JLT Condor 0:01:43
23 GONCALVES Andre Maciel Caja Rural 0:01:52
24 VERMOTE Julien Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
25 THURAU Bjorn Wanty-Groupe Gobert 0:01:55
26 PEARSON Daniel Team Wiggins 0:01:57
27 MARTIN Tony Etixx-Quick Step 0:02:33
28 WILLIAMS Peter ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
29 BOEM Nicola Bardiani-CSF 0:02:52
30 DOWNING Russel JLT Condor 0:03:26
31 ZEPUNTKE Ruben Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
32 BRADBURY Edmund NFTO 0:03:32
33 MORENO Javier Movistar 0:03:33
34 ARCAS Jorge Movistar s.t.
35 GASPAROTTO Enrico Wanty-Groupe Gobert 0:04:10
36 RUBIO Diego Caja Rural 0:04:26
37 VISCONTI Giovanni Movistar 0:04:31
38 BAUER Jack Cannondale-Drapac 0:05:49
39 MARTENS Paul LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
40 VLIEGEN Loïc BMC 0:06:12
41 MOINARD Amaël BMC s.t.
42 WYNANTS Maarten LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
43 TUSVELD Martijn Giant-Alpecin s.t.
44 SLATER Alistair JLT Condor s.t.
45 LINDEMAN Bertjan LottoNL-Jumbo 0:07:43
46 MARCATO Marco Wanty-Groupe Gobert 0:07:49
47 VAN ZYL Johann Dimension Data 0:07:59
48 WISNIOWSKI Lukasz Etixx-Quick Step 0:08:07
49 GREIPEL André Lotto-Soudal 0:08:47
50 VAN POPPEL Danny Sky s.t.
51 STANNARD Ian Sky s.t.
52 BENITO Miguel Angel Caja Rural s.t.
53 HOLMES Matthew Madison Genesis s.t.
54 STEWART Thomas Madison Genesis s.t.
55 HOEKSTRA Jochem Giant-Alpecin s.t.
56 VEREECKEN Nicolas An Post-Chainreaction 0:10:51
57 CURVERS Roy Giant-Alpecin 0:16:06
58 MCCORMICK Hayden ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
59 EWAN Caleb Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
60 MCNALLY Mark Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
61 CULLAIGH Gabriel Great Britain s.t.
62 MCLAY Daniel Great Britain s.t.
63 STEWART Mark Great Britain s.t.
64 SHAW James Callum Lotto-Soudal s.t.
65 DEBUSSCHERE Jens Lotto-Soudal s.t.
66 SCOTT Jacob An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
67 PHINNEY Taylor BMC 0:16:25
68 ALAFACI Eugenio Trek-Segafredo 0:17:39
69 COLEDAN Marco Trek-Segafredo s.t.
70 DOWSETT Alex Movistar s.t.
71 MULLEN Ryan Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
72 TONELLI Alessandro Bardiani-CSF s.t.
73 SÁEZ Hector Caja Rural s.t.
74 DOMAGALSKI Karol ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
75 VON HOFF Steele ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
76 ARAMENDIA Javier Caja Rural s.t.
77 EISENHART Taylor BMC 0:17:48
78 WOOD Oliver Great Britain 0:24:24
79 ZABEL Rick BMC s.t.
80 CRONSHAW Mathew Madison Genesis s.t.
81 CAVENDISH Mark Dimension Data s.t.
82 BLYTHE Adam Great Britain s.t.
83 BARBERO Carlos Caja Rural s.t.
84 DOULL Owain Team Wiggins s.t.
85 GROENEWEGEN Dylan LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
86 WAGNER Robert LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
87 PARTRIDGE Robert NFTO s.t.
88 STONES Liam NFTO s.t.
89 LEEZER Tom LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
90 RENSHAW Mark Dimension Data s.t.
91 SIEBERG Marcel Lotto-Soudal s.t.
92 HOUSE Kristian ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
93 DIBBEN Jonathan Team Wiggins s.t.
94 DE BUYST Jasper Lotto-Soudal s.t.
95 LATHAM Christopher Team Wiggins s.t.
96 WASTYN Emiel An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
97 VIVIANI Elia Sky s.t.
98 KENT-SPARK Oliver An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
99 MOSES Thomas JLT Condor s.t.
100 SHAW Damien An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
101 SIMION Paolo Bardiani-CSF s.t.
102 GUNMAN Taylor Karl Madison Genesis s.t.
103 MCEVOY Jonathan NFTO s.t.
104 HEPBURN Michael Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
105 BOVENHUIS Jasper An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
106 MEZGEC Luka Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
107 EDMONDSON Alexander Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
108 VAN POPPEL Boy Trek-Segafredo s.t.
109 BIBBY Ian NFTO s.t.
110 APPLEBY Dale NFTO s.t.
111 WIGGINS Bradley Team Wiggins s.t.
112 EISEL Bernhard Dimension Data s.t.
113 THOMSON Jay Robert Dimension Data s.t.
114 LANGEVELD Sebastian Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
115 DUNNE Conor JLT Condor s.t.
116 RUFFONI Nicola Bardiani-CSF s.t.
117 RICHEZE Ariel Maximiliano Etixx-Quick Step s.t.

GC after Stage 6:

1 CUMMINGS Stephen Dimension Data 27hr 4min 11sec
2 DUMOULIN Tom Giant-Alpecin @ 49sec
3 DENNIS Rohan BMC 0:00:51
4 GALLOPIN Tony Lotto-Soudal 0:00:53
5 VAN BAARLE Dylan Cannondale-Drapac 0:00:57
6 MEURISSE Xandro Wanty-Groupe Gobert 0:00:58
7 ROCHE Nicholas Sky 0:01:06
8 SWIFT Ben Sky 0:01:14
9 MOSCA Jacopo Trek-Segafredo 0:01:20
10 MARTIN Guillaume Wanty-Groupe Gobert 0:01:24
11 VERMOTE Julien Etixx-Quick Step 0:01:25
12 MARTIN Daniel Etixx-Quick Step 0:02:10
13 CHRISTIAN Mark Team Wiggins 0:03:11
14 ROWSELL Erick Madison Genesis 0:04:34
15 GEOGHEGAN HART Tao Great Britain 0:04:51
16 SMITH Dion ONE Pro Cycling 0:05:24
17 LAMPIER Steven JLT Condor 0:05:59
18 ZARDINI Edoardo Bardiani-CSF 0:06:05
19 GONCALVES Andre Maciel Caja Rural 0:06:28
20 PEARSON Daniel Team Wiggins 0:06:33
21 BONGIORNO Francesco Bardiani-CSF 0:06:39
22 IZAGUIRRE Gorka Movistar 0:06:48
23 ZEPUNTKE Ruben Cannondale-Drapac 0:07:40
24 BRADBURY Edmund NFTO 0:07:50
25 DOWNING Russel JLT Condor 0:08:30
26 VISCONTI Giovanni Movistar 0:08:50
27 GASPAROTTO Enrico Wanty-Groupe Gobert 0:09:43
28 RUBIO Diego Caja Rural 0:09:46
29 BAUER Jack Cannondale-Drapac 0:09:55
30 TUSVELD Martijn Giant-Alpecin 0:10:50
31 MOINARD Amaël BMC 0:11:41
32 VLIEGEN Loïc BMC 0:11:57
33 MARCATO Marco Wanty-Groupe Gobert 0:12:03
34 POELS Wouter Sky 0:13:03
35 STEWART Thomas Madison Genesis 0:13:15
36 WYNANTS Maarten LottoNL-Jumbo 0:14:22
37 HOEKSTRA Jochem Giant-Alpecin 0:14:40
38 VEREECKEN Nicolas An Post-Chainreaction 0:15:55
39 MORENO Javier Movistar 0:16:37
40 SLATER Alistair JLT Condor 0:16:45
41 BOEM Nicola Bardiani-CSF 0:16:53
42 TXURRUKA Amets Orica-BikeExchange 0:17:35
43 POWER Robert Orica-BikeExchange 0:20:08
44 SÁEZ Hector Caja Rural 0:22:37
45 LINDEMAN Bertjan LottoNL-Jumbo 0:22:43
46 GREIPEL André Lotto-Soudal 0:23:02
47 MARTENS Paul LottoNL-Jumbo 0:23:20
48 WILLIAMS Peter ONE Pro Cycling 0:23:37
49 MARTIN Tony Etixx-Quick Step 0:24:56
50 SHAW James Callum Lotto-Soudal 0:25:09
51 BENITO Miguel Angel Caja Rural 0:25:59
52 WISNIOWSKI Lukasz Etixx-Quick Step 0:27:01
53 ARCAS PEÑA Jorge Movistar 0:27:20
54 VAN POPPEL Danny Sky 0:28:22
55 BIBBY Ian NFTO 0:28:46
56 LANGEVELD Sebastian Cannondale-Drapac 0:28:58
57 MCLAY Daniel Great Britain 0:29:07
58 THURAU Bjorn Wanty-Groupe Gobert 0:29:19
59 STEWART Mark Great Britain 0:29:21
60 BARBERO Carlos Caja Rural 0:29:28
61 HOLMES Matthew Madison Genesis 0:29:49
62 STANNARD Ian Sky 0:29:55
63 SCOTT Jacob An Post-Chainreaction 0:30:58
64 CULLAIGH Gabriel Great Britain 0:31:05
65 DOMAGALSKI Karol ONE Pro Cycling 0:31:21
66 PHINNEY Taylor BMC 0:31:24
67 LEEZER Tom LottoNL-Jumbo 0:32:08
68 DEBUSSCHERE Jens Lotto-Soudal 0:32:13
69 CURVERS Roy Giant-Alpecin 0:34:29
70 EISENHART Taylor BMC 0:34:47
71 GROENEWEGEN Dylan LottoNL-Jumbo 0:37:00
72 VON HOFF Steele ONE Pro Cycling 0:37:25
73 ZABEL Rick BMC 0:38:02
74 MEZGEC Luka Orica-BikeExchange 0:38:02
75 VAN POPPEL Boy Trek-Segafredo 0:38:54
76 ALAFACI Eugenio Trek-Segafredo 0:39:10
77 EISEL Bernhard Dimension Data 0:40:16
78 TONELLI Alessandro Bardiani-CSF 0:40:32
79 SIEBERG Marcel Lotto-Soudal 0:40:54
80 EWAN Caleb Orica-BikeExchange 0:42:45
81 CAVENDISH Mark Dimension Data 0:43:14
82 MCNALLY Mark Wanty-Groupe Gobert 0:43:41
83 DIBBEN Jonathan Team Wiggins 0:44:03
84 SIMION Paolo Bardiani-CSF 0:44:39
85 VAN ZYL Johann Dimension Data 0:44:42
86 DE BUYST Jasper Lotto-Soudal 0:46:30
87 MOSES Thomas JLT Condor 0:46:33
88 COLEDAN Marco Trek-Segafredo 0:48:06
89 RICHEZE Ariel Etixx-Quick Step 0:48:38
90 MULLEN Ryan Cannondale-Drapac 0:50:30
91 ARAMENDIA Javier Caja Rural 0:50:32
92 RUFFONI Nicola Bardiani-CSF 0:50:48
93 MCCORMICK Hayden ONE Pro Cycling 0:51:11
94 BLYTHE Adam Great Britain 0:51:16
95 DOWSETT Alex Movistaristar 0:51:44
96 MCEVOY Jonathan NFTO 0:52:59
97 RENSHAW Mark Dimension Data 0:53:51
98 WAGNER Robert LottoNL-Jumbo 0:54:41
99 SHAW Damien An Post-Chainreaction 0:54:56
100 PARTRIDGE Robert NFTO 0:55:20
101 APPLEBY Dale NFTO 0:55:34
102 WOOD Oliver Great Britain 0:57:19
103 KENT-SPARK Oliver An Post-Chainreaction 0:57:26
104 DUNNE Conor JLT Condor 0:58:11
105 GUNMAN Taylor Karl Madison Genesis 0:59:12
106 BOVENHUIS Jasper An Post-Chainreaction 1:00:25
107 THOMSON Jay Robert Dimension Data 1:02:33
108 STONES Liam NFTO 1:02:57
109 LATHAM Christopher Team Wiggins 1:04:10
110 DOULL Owain Team Wiggins 1:04:54
111 WIGGINS Bradley Team Wiggins 1:06:25
112 VIVIANI Elia Sky 1:06:43
113 HOUSE Kristian ONE Pro Cycling 1:08:53
114 CRONSHAW Mathew Madison Genesis 1:08:59
115 EDMONDSON Alexander Orica-BikeExchange 1:16:47
116 HEPBURN Michael Orica-BikeExchange 1:24:15
117 WASTYN Emiel An Post-Chainreaction 1:34:01

Thursday, September 8: Stage 5, Aberdare - Bath, 194.5 km

Jack Bauer

Jack Bauer wins Tour of Britan stage 5

The Race: Here's the story from stage winner Jack Bauer's Cannondale-Drapac team.

It was nearly a year ago that Jack Bauer first clipped back into the pedals after surgery and rehab to repair a broken femur, an injury sustained at the 2015 Tour de France.

“It was September 31, 2015. I stepped on the bike on a nasty, raining wet day. I had one small leg, one good leg. I couldn’t really pedal to save myself. And also had a lot a fear about going into roundabouts, sliding out, crashing again,” Bauer said on Thursday. “I’m really pleased to be able to compete at this level again, and to be in good physical shape. To be able to win, it’s icing on the cake.”

New Zealander Bauer won the Tour of Britain’s fifth stage into Bath on Thursday. The win marks the first European road stage victory of Bauer’s career and also signals the end of a long road back to top form.

“Jack has done a remarkable job of coming back from a really nasty injury,” Slipstream Sports CEO Jonathan Vaughters said. “His dedication is inspiring.”

The victory was a master class from Bauer, as it took the acumen to survive a breakaway that began attacking itself with six kilometers to go and the patience to wait to open up a sprint as the peloton bore down.

“At about seven kilometers to go, Moinard (BMC Racing), was the first person to lay his card and attack on the climb. I let him go, tried to hold him at a bridgeable gap, and then put the other two to work,” explained Bauer. “From three kilometers out, I was completely focused on the stage win. Wasn’t even considering how close the bunch was behind. I took one look around. I knew they were coming fast. I thought, ‘Ok, if the bunch comes no worries.’ But I wasn’t going to tow the other three to the line.”

With less than a kilometer to go, it appeared the break would be caught. Bauer, however, remained cool as the sprinters from the peloton began to close in. He took a leadout from breakaway companion Javier Moreno (Movistar) before kicking toward the line. Bauer said he never looked around inside the final kilometer to see where the peloton was.

“No, no, no,” he said. “It’s just watch the wheel in front, make sure you’re being led out, not leading out.”

In the end, Bauer bested Moinard and Erick Rowsell (Madison Genesis). Moreno was gobbled up by the peloton, as Caleb Ewan (Orica-BikeExchange) won the field sprint.

“The BMC rider was strong. He set off into the wind alone a couple of times. It was his undoing in the end,” said Bauer. “I just had a cool head. I didn’t plan on being in the break today… but when it came to crunch time I was in position. The group was motivated. So I thought why not have a crack?”

The return to the top step is perhaps never sweeter than after injury — for many people. “Sarah, my fiancé, and my family kept supporting me and believing in me,” Bauer said. “It’s nice for them to see I’ve still got it.”

The Tour of Britain continues on Friday, with a stage from Sidmouth to Haytor. Dylan van Baarle is the best placed overall contender for Cannondale-Drapac in seventh place.

Complete Results:

194.5 kilometers raced at an average speed of 40.888 km/hr

1 Jack Bauer Cannondale-Drapac 4hr 45min 25sec
2 Amaël Moinard BMC s.t.
3 Erick Rowsell Madison Genesis s.t.
4 Caleb Ewan Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
5 Dylan Groenewegen LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
6 Boy van Poppel Trek-Segafredo s.t.
7 Jens Debusschere Lotto-Soudal s.t.
8 Daniel McLay Great Britain s.t.
9 Nicola Ruffoni Bardiani CSF s.t.
10 Domingos Gonçalves Caja Rural s.t.
11 Javier Moreno Movistar s.t.
12 Carlos Barbero Caja Rural s.t.
13 Nicolas Vereecken An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
14 Dion Smith ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
15 Julien Vermote Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
16 Tony Gallopin Lotto-Soudal s.t.
17 Steve Cummings Dimension Data s.t.
18 Martijn Tusveld Giant-Alpecin s.t.
19 Ben Swift Sky s.t.
20 Marco Marcato Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
21 Jacopo Mosca Trek-Segafredo s.t.
22 Steve Lampier JLT-Condor s.t.
23 Russell Downing JLT-Condor s.t.
24 Roy Curvers Giant-Alpecin s.t.
25 Mark Christian Team Wiggins s.t.
26 Björn Thurau Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
27 Thomas Stewart Madison Genesis s.t.
28 Nicolas Roche Sky s.t.
29 Tom Dumoulin Giant-Alpecin s.t.
30 Dylan van Baarle Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
31 Tao Geoghegan Hart Great Britain s.t.
32 Rohan Dennis BMC s.t.
33 Jon Dibben Team Wiggins s.t.
34 Steele Von Hoff ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
35 Daniel Martin Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
36 Xandro Meurisse Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
37 Ruben Zepuntke Cannondale-Drapac +8''
38 Ian Bibby NFTO s.t.
39 Pete Williams ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
40 Guillaume Martin Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
41 Edmund Bradbury NFTO s.t.
42 Francesco Bongiorno Bardiani CSF s.t.
43 Enrico Gasparotto Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
44 Giovanni Visconti Movistar s.t.
45 Edoardo Zardini Bardiani CSF s.t.
46 Sebastian Langeveld Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
47 Daniel Pearson Team Wiggins s.t.
48 Mark Cavendish Dimension Data s.t.
49 Eugenio Alafaci Trek-Segafredo s.t.
50 Diego Rubio Caja Rural s.t.
51 Taylor Phinney BMC s.t.
52 Amets Txurruka Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
53 Alistair Slater JLT-Condor s.t.
54 Gabriel Cullaigh Great Britain s.t.
55 Mark Stewart Great Britain s.t.
56 Héctor Sáez Caja Rural +16''
57 Jacob Scott An Post-Chainreaction +23''
58 Javier Aramendía Caja Rural +25''
59 Adam Blythe Great Britain +28''
60 Paolo Simion Bardiani CSF +29''
61 Nicola Boem Bardiani CSF s.t.
62 Hayden McCormick ONE Pro Cycling +37''
63 Tony Martin Etixx-Quick Step +41''
64 Bernhard Eisel Dimension Data s.t.
65 Marco Coledan Trek-Segafredo +42''
66 Ryan Mullen Cannondale-Drapac +45''
67 Oliver Wood Great Britain +48''
68 Alex Dowsett Movistar s.t.
69 Taylor Eisenhart BMC +52''
70 Rick Zabel BMC s.t.
71 Jorge Arcas Movistar s.t.
72 Loïc Vliegen BMC s.t.
73 Luka Mezgec Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
74 Lukasz Wisniowski Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
75 Wout Poels Sky s.t.
76 Ian Stannard Sky s.t.
77 Miguel Ángel Benito Caja Rural s.t.
78 Jochem Hoekstra Giant-Alpecin s.t.
79 Gorka Izagirre Movistar s.t.
80 Maarten Wynants LottoNL-Jumbo +56''
81 Karol Domagalski ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
82 André Greipel Lotto-Soudal +1' 09''
83 Mark McNally Wanty-Groupe Gobert +1' 11''
84 Marcel Sieberg Lotto-Soudal +1' 24''
85 Tom Leezer LottoNL-Jumbo +1' 29''
86 Mark Renshaw Dimension Data +1' 32''
87 Alessandro Tonelli Bardiani CSF +1' 36''
88 Emiel Wastyn An Post-Chainreaction +1' 39''
89 Robert Power Orica-BikeExchange +1' 48''
90 Jonathan McEvoy NFTO +2' 00''
91 Robert Wagner LottoNL-Jumbo +2' 01''
92 Thomas Moses JLT-Condor +2' 03''
93 Elia Viviani Sky +2' 10''
94 Paul Martens LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
95 Oliver Kent-Spark An Post-Chainreaction +2' 18''
96 Matthew Holmes Madison Genesis s.t.
97 Mathew Cronshaw Madison Genesis +2' 53''
98 Christopher Latham Team Wiggins +3' 47''
99 Damien Shaw An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
100 Taylor Gunman Madison Genesis s.t.
101 Jay Thomson Dimension Data +4' 25''
102 Johann Van Zyl Dimension Data s.t.
103 Owain Doull Team Wiggins s.t.
104 Danny van Poppel Sky s.t.
105 Rob Partridge NFTO s.t.
106 Dale Appleby NFTO s.t.
107 Bradley Team Wiggins Team Wiggins s.t.
108 James Shaw Lotto-Soudal +4' 28''
109 Jasper De Buyst Lotto-Soudal s.t.
110 Maximiliano Richeze Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
111 Bert-Jan Lindeman LottoNL-Jumbo +5' 44''
112 Liam Stones NFTO +6' 05''
113 Conor Dunne JLT-Condor s.t.
114 Alexandre Blain Madison Genesis +8' 24''
115 Kristian House ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
116 Jasper Bovenhui An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
117 Michael Hepburn Orica-BikeExchange +16' 18''
118 Alexander Edmondson Orica-BikeExchange s.t.

GC after Stage 5:

941.7 kilometers raced so far at an average speed of 40.723 km/hr

1 Julien Vermote Etixx-Quick Step 23hr 7min 29sec
2 Steve Cummings Dimension Data @ 6sec
3 Ben Swift Sky +1' 03''
4 Tony Gallopin Lotto-Soudal +1' 03''
5 Daniel Martin Etixx-Quick Step +1' 04''
6 Xandro Meurisse Wanty-Groupe Gobert +1' 08''
7 Dylan van Baarle Cannondale-Drapac +1' 12''
8 Tom Dumoulin Giant-Alpecin s.t.
9 Jacopo Mosca Trek-Segafredo +1' 16''
10 Nicolas Roche Sky s.t.
11 Rohan Dennis BMC +1' 17''
12 Guillaume Martin Wanty-Groupe Gobert +1' 20''
13 Mark Christian Team Wiggins +3' 00''
14 Erick Rowsell Madison Genesis +4' 30''
15 Jack Bauer Cannondale-Drapac +4' 33''
16 Dion Smith ONE Pro Cycling +4' 41''
17 Ruben Zepuntke Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
18 Marco Marcato Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
19 Tao Geoghegan Hart Great Britain +4' 43''
20 Steve Lampier JLT-Condor s.t.
21 Edmund Bradbury NFTO +4' 45''
22 Ian Bibby NFTO +4' 49''
23 Edoardo Zardini Bardiani CSF +4' 51''
24 Giovanni Visconti Movistar s.t.
25 Thomas Stewart Madison Genesis +4' 55''
26 Sebastian Langeveld Cannondale-Drapac +5' 01''
27 Domingos Gonçalves Caja Rural +5' 03''
28 Daniel Pearson Team Wiggins s.t.
29 Martijn Tusveld Giant-Alpecin +5' 05''
30 Héctor Sáez Caja Rural +5' 25''
31 Nicolas Vereecken An Post-Chainreaction +5' 31''
32 Carlos Barbero Caja Rural s.t.
33 Russell Downing JLT-Condor s.t.
34 Francesco Bongiorno Bardiani CSF +5' 39''
35 Diego Rubio Caja Rural +5' 47''
36 Amaël Moinard BMC +5' 56''
37 Enrico Gasparotto Wanty-Groupe Gobert +6' 00''
38 Loïc Vliegen BMC +6' 12''
39 Jochem Hoekstra Giant-Alpecin +6' 20''
40 Gorka Izagirre Movistar +6' 44''
41 Tom Leezer LottoNL-Jumbo +8' 11''
42 Maarten Wynants LottoNL-Jumbo +8' 37''
43 James Shaw Lotto-Soudal +9' 30''
44 Alistair Slater JLT-Condor +11' 00''
45 Dylan Groenewegen LottoNL-Jumbo +13' 03''
46 Daniel McLay Great Britain +13' 28''
47 Javier Moreno Movistar +13' 31''
48 Wout Poels Sky +13' 40''
49 Mark Stewart Great Britain +13' 42''
50 Rick Zabel BMC +14' 05''
51 Luka Mezgec Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
52 Karol Domagalski ONE Pro Cycling +14' 09''
53 Nicola Boem Bardiani CSF +14' 28''
54 André Greipel Lotto-Soudal +14' 42''
55 Boy van Poppel Trek-Segafredo +14' 57''
56 Jacob Scott An Post-Chainreaction +15' 19''
57 Taylor Phinney BMC +15' 26''
58 Gabriel Cullaigh Great Britain s.t.
59 Bert-Jan Lindeman LottoNL-Jumbo +15' 27''
60 Bernhard Eisel Dimension Data +16' 19''
61 Jens Debusschere Lotto-Soudal +16' 34''
62 Amets Txurruka Orica-BikeExchange +16' 45''
63 Marcel Sieberg Lotto-Soudal +16' 57''
64 Taylor Eisenhart BMC +17' 26''
65 Miguel Ángel Benito Caja Rural +17' 45''
66 Paul Martens LottoNL-Jumbo +17' 58''
67 Roy Curvers Giant-Alpecin +18' 50''
68 Mark Cavendish Dimension Data +19' 17''
69 Lukasz Wisniowski Etixx-Quick Step +19' 21''
70 Robert Power Orica-BikeExchange +19' 48''
71 Danny van Poppel Sky +20' 02''
72 Jon Dibben Team Wiggins +20' 06''
73 Steele Von Hoff ONE Pro Cycling +20' 13''
74 Paolo Simion Bardiani CSF +20' 42''
75 Matthew Holmes Madison Genesis +21' 29''
76 Pete Williams ONE Pro Cycling +21' 31''
77 Ian Stannard Sky +21' 35''
78 Eugenio Alafaci Trek-Segafredo +21' 58''
79 Jasper De Buyst Lotto-Soudal +22' 33''
80 Thomas Moses JLT-Condor +22' 36''
81 Tony Martin Etixx-Quick Step +22' 50''
82 Alessandro Tonelli Bardiani CSF +23' 20''
83 Jorge Arcas Movistar +24' 14''
84 Maximiliano Richeze Etixx-Quick Step +24' 41''
85 Nicola Ruffoni Bardiani CSF +26' 51''
86 Caleb Ewan Orica-BikeExchange +27' 06''
87 Adam Blythe Great Britain +27' 19''
88 Björn Thurau Wanty-Groupe Gobert +27' 51''
89 Mark McNally Wanty-Groupe Gobert +28' 02''
90 Jonathan McEvoy NFTO +29' 02''
91 Mark Renshaw Dimension Data +29' 54''
92 Robert Wagner LottoNL-Jumbo +30' 44''
93 Marco Coledan Trek-Segafredo +30' 54''
94 Damien Shaw An Post-Chainreaction +30' 59''
95 Rob Partridge NFTO +31' 23''
96 Dale Appleby NFTO +31' 37''
97 Ryan Mullen Cannondale-Drapac +33' 18''
98 Javier Aramendía Caja Rural +33' 20''
99 Oliver Wood Great Britain +33' 22''
100 Oliver Kent-Spark An Post-Chainreaction +33' 29''
101 Conor Dunne JLT-Condor +34' 14''
102 Alex Dowsett Movistar +34' 32''
103 Taylor Gunman Madison Genesis +35' 15''
104 Hayden McCormick ONE Pro Cycling +35' 32''
105 Jasper Bovenhuis An Post-Chainreaction +36' 34''
106 Johann Van Zyl Dimension Data +37' 10''
107 Jay Thomson Dimension Data +38' 36''
108 Liam Stones NFTO +39' 00''
109 Christopher Latham Team Wiggins +40' 13''
110 Owain Doull Team Wiggins +40' 57''
111 Bradley Team Wiggins Team Wiggins +42' 28''
112 Elia Viviani Sky +42' 46''
113 Alexandre Blain Madison Genesis +43' 18''
114 Kristian House ONE Pro Cycling +44' 56''
115 Mathew Cronshaw Madison Genesis +45' 03''
116 Alexander Edmondson Orica-BikeExchange +52' 50''
117 Michael Hepburn Orica-BikeExchange +1h 00' 18''
118 Emiel Wastyn An Post-Chainreaction +1h 10' 04''

Wednesday, September 7: Stage 4, Denbigh - Builth Wells, 218 km

Dylan Groenewegens wins Britain Tour stage 4

Dylan Groenewegen wins Britain Tour stage 4

The Race: Here's the stage story from winner Dylan Groenewegen's LottoNL-Jumbo team.

Team LottoNL-Jumbo’s Dylan Groenewegen won the Tour of Britain’s stage four today with a sprint ahead of Dan McClay (Great Britain). The Dutchman profited off the power of the team to deliver the win. Belgian Julien Vermote (Etixx) retains the overall lead.

"When I’m in a clear position to sprint, I'm at my best. Today, the team ensured that I was in that position,” Groenewegen said. "All day, I had team-mates around me who helped me on every climb. When I got stuck behind, they made sure I got back into the peloton."

"The plan was to sprint with Dylan,” Sports Director Merijn Zeeman explained. “We knew it would be a tough goal in a stage of 217 kilometres and 3000 metres climbing. When it succeeds, though, it’s extra nice.

“Many teams had the objective of getting rid of the sprinters and that was successful, many sprinters dropped off. That Groenewegen finished it off with a win is fantastic. "

Groenewegen didn’t expect such a win with all the climbs in the stage and the classification teams trying to break up the group after the escape was reeled in at 40 kilometres out. LottoNL-Jumbo, however, had many riders left and worked with Lotto-Soudal in the last 15 kilometres.

"In the last half hour, we were still with five men in the first group, then you know you have a chance to win,” added Zeeman.

Groenewegen said, "Merijn Zeeman had warned us about the corners and the narrow section in the final kilometre. Tom Leezer went through there full-gas trough and I followed him. I just needed to sprint 250 meters from the finish."

"That Dylan Groenewegen can win after such a hard stage is good for his development as a sprinter,” said Zeeman.

"It's nice that we can finish such a heavy day with a stage win,” Groenewegen added. “It's great that we are getting better at these kinds of sprints."

Complete Results:

218 kilometers raced at an average speed of 39.779 km/hr

1 Dylan Groenewegen LottoNL-Jumbo 5hr 28min 49sec
2 Daniel McLay Great Britain s.t.
3 Ben Swift Sky s.t.
4 Carlos Barbero Caja Rural s.t.
5 Julien Vermote Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
6 Boy van Poppel Trek-Segafredo s.t.
7 Luka Mezgec Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
8 Nicolas Vereecken An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
9 Tom Dumoulin Giant-Alpecin s.t.
10 Diego Rubio Caja Rural s.t.
11 Tom Leezer LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
12 Nicola Boem Bardiani CSF s.t.
13 Marco Marcato Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
14 Rick Zabel BMC s.t.
15 Russell Downing JLT-Condor s.t.
16 Dion Smith ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
17 Jens Debusschere Lotto-Soudal s.t.
18 Bernhard Eisel Dimension Data s.t.
19 Martijn Tusveld Giant-Alpecin s.t.
20 Domingos Gonçalves Caja Rural s.t.
21 Tony Gallopin Lotto-Soudal s.t.
22 Dylan van Baarle Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
23 Karol Domagalski ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
24 Tao Geoghegan Hart Great Britain s.t.
25 Ian Bibby NFTO s.t.
26 Loïc Vliegen BMC s.t.
27 Jacopo Mosca Trek-Segafredo s.t.
28 Steve Cummings Dimension Data s.t.
29 Nicolas Roche Sky s.t.
30 Sebastian Langeveld Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
31 Edoardo Zardini Bardiani CSF s.t.
32 Héctor Sáez Caja Rural s.t.
33 Thomas Stewart Madison Genesis s.t.
34 Mark Stewart Great Britain s.t.
35 Jack Bauer Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
36 Daniel Martin Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
37 Ruben Zepuntke Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
38 Steve Lampier JLT-Condor s.t.
39 Guillaume Martin Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
40 Björn Thurau Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
41 Rohan Dennis BMC s.t.
42 Francesco Bongiorno Bardiani CSF s.t.
43 Xandro Meurisse Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
44 Mark Christian Team Wiggins s.t.
45 Jorge Arcas Movistar s.t.
46 Edmund Bradbury NFTO s.t.
47 Jochem Hoekstra Giant-Alpecin s.t.
48 Jacob Scott An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
49 Gorka Izagirre Movistar s.t.
50 Daniel Pearson Team Wiggins s.t.
51 Amaël Moinard BMC s.t.
52 Erick Rowsell Madison Genesis s.t.
53 Giovanni Visconti Movistar s.t.
54 Enrico Gasparotto Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
55 Gabriel Cullaigh Great Britain s.t.
56 Pete Williams ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
57 Taylor Eisenhart BMC s.t.
58 Javier Moreno Movistar s.t.
59 Taylor Phinney BMC s.t.
60 Marcel Sieberg Lotto-Soudal +15''
61 André Greipel Lotto-Soudal +18''
62 Maarten Wynants LottoNL-Jumbo +19''
63 James Shaw Lotto-Soudal s.t.
64 Tony Martin Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
65 Wout Poels Sky s.t.
66 Danny van Poppel Sky +40''
67 Paul Martens LottoNL-Jumbo +51''
68 Jasper De Buyst Lotto-Soudal +1' 13''
69 Bert-Jan Lindeman LottoNL-Jumbo +2' 08''
70 Mark Cavendish Dimension Data +5' 16''
71 Jon Dibben Team Wiggins s.t.
72 Eugenio Alafaci Trek-Segafredo s.t.
73 Maximiliano Richeze Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
74 Alessandro Tonelli Bardiani CSF s.t.
75 Paolo Simion Bardiani CSF s.t.
76 Alistair Slater JLT-Condor s.t.
77 Thomas Moses JLT-Condor s.t.
78 Steele Von Hoff ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
79 Roy Curvers Giant-Alpecin s.t.
80 Ramon Sinkeldam Giant-Alpecin s.t.
81 Matthew Holmes Madison Genesis +11' 54''
82 Amets Txurruka Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
83 Hayden McCormick ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
84 Robert Power Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
85 Mark McNally Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
86 Damien Shaw An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
87 Jonathan McEvoy NFTO s.t.
88 Dale Appleby NFTO s.t.
89 Alex Dowsett Movistar s.t.
90 Miguel Ángel Benito Caja Rural s.t.
91 Taylor Gunman Madison Genesis s.t.
92 Owain Doull Team Wiggins s.t.
93 Adam Blythe Great Britain s.t.
94 Nicola Ruffoni Bardiani CSF s.t.
95 Alexander Edmondson Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
96 Caleb Ewan Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
97 Marco Coledan Trek-Segafredo s.t.
98 Mark Renshaw Dimension Data +13' 25''
99 Conor Dunne JLT-Condor s.t.
100 Alexandre Blain Madison Genesis s.t.
101 Bradley Team Wiggins Team Wiggins s.t.
102 Robert Wagner LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
103 Ian Stannard Sky s.t.
104 Rob Partridge NFTO s.t.
105 Christopher Latham Team Wiggins s.t.
106 Lukasz Wisniowski Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
107 Jasper Bovenhuis An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
108 Oliver Kent-Spark An Post-Chainreaction +17' 37''
109 Mathew Cronshaw Madison Genesis s.t.
110 Kristian House ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
111 Elia Viviani Sky s.t.
112 Ryan Mullen Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
113 Michael Hepburn Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
114 Javier Aramendía Caja Rural s.t.
115 Emiel Wastyn An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
116 Oliver Wood Great Britain s.t.
117 Graham Briggs JLT-Condor s.t.
118 Jay Thomson Dimension Data s.t.
119 Johann Van Zyl Dimension Data s.t.
120 Liam Stones NFTO s.t.

GC after Stage 4:

747.2 kilometers raced so far at an average speed of 40.680 km/hr

1 Julien Vermote Etixx-Quick Step 18hr 22min 4sec
2 Steve Cummings Dimension Data @ 6sec
3 Ben Swift Sky +1' 03''
4 Tony Gallopin Lotto-Soudal s.t.
5 Daniel Martin Etixx-Quick Step +1' 04''
6 Xandro Meurisse Wanty-Groupe Gobert +1' 08''
7 Dylan van Baarle Cannondale-Drapac +1' 12''
8 Tom Dumoulin Giant-Alpecin s.t.
9 Guillaume Martin Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
10 Nicolas Roche Sky +1' 16''
11 Jacopo Mosca Trek-Segafredo s.t.
12 Rohan Dennis BMC +1' 17''
13 Mark Christian Team Wiggins +3' 00''
14 Ruben Zepuntke Cannondale-Drapac +4' 33''
15 Edmund Bradbury NFTO +4' 37''
16 Erick Rowsell Madison Genesis +4' 39''
17 Ian Bibby NFTO +4' 41''
18 Dion Smith ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
19 Marco Marcato Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
20 Jack Bauer Cannondale-Drapac +4' 43''
21 Tao Geoghegan Hart Great Britain s.t.
22 Steve Lampier JLT-Condor s.t.
23 Edoardo Zardini Bardiani CSF s.t.
24 Giovanni Visconti Movistar s.t.
25 Sebastian Langeveld Cannondale-Drapac +4' 53''
26 Thomas Stewart Madison Genesis +4' 55''
27 Daniel Pearson Team Wiggins s.t.
28 James Shaw Lotto-Soudal +5' 02''
29 Domingos Gonçalves Caja Rural +5' 03''
30 Martijn Tusveld Giant-Alpecin +5' 05''
31 Héctor Sáez Caja Rural +5' 09''
32 Loïc Vliegen BMC +5' 20''
33 Jochem Hoekstra Giant-Alpecin +5' 28''
34 Nicolas Vereecken An Post-Chainreaction +5' 31''
35 Carlos Barbero Caja Rural s.t.
36 Francesco Bongiorno Bardiani CSF s.t.
37 Russell Downing JLT-Condor s.t.
38 Diego Rubio Caja Rural +5' 39''
39 Gorka Izagirre Movistar +5' 52''
40 Enrico Gasparotto Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
41 Amaël Moinard BMC +6' 04''
42 Tom Leezer LottoNL-Jumbo +6' 42''
43 Maarten Wynants LottoNL-Jumbo +7' 41''
44 Bert-Jan Lindeman LottoNL-Jumbo +9' 43''
45 Alistair Slater JLT-Condor +10' 52''
46 Wout Poels Sky +12' 48''
47 Dylan Groenewegen LottoNL-Jumbo +13' 03''
48 Rick Zabel BMC +13' 13''
49 Luka Mezgec Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
50 Karol Domagalski ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
51 Daniel McLay Great Britain +13' 28''
52 André Greipel Lotto-Soudal +13' 33''
53 Mark Stewart Great Britain +13' 34''
54 Javier Moreno Movistar s.t.
55 Nicola Boem Bardiani CSF +13' 59''
56 Jacob Scott An Post-Chainreaction +14' 56''
57 Boy van Poppel Trek-Segafredo +14' 57''
58 Taylor Phinney BMC +15' 18''
59 Gabriel Cullaigh Great Britain s.t.
60 Marcel Sieberg Lotto-Soudal +15' 33''
61 Danny van Poppel Sky +15' 37''
62 Bernhard Eisel Dimension Data +15' 38''
63 Paul Martens LottoNL-Jumbo +15' 48''
64 Jens Debusschere Lotto-Soudal +16' 34''
65 Taylor Eisenhart BMC s.t.
66 Amets Txurruka Orica-BikeExchange +16' 37''
67 Miguel Ángel Benito Caja Rural +16' 53''
68 Robert Power Orica-BikeExchange +18' 00''
69 Jasper De Buyst Lotto-Soudal +18' 05''
70 Lukasz Wisniowski Etixx-Quick Step +18' 29''
71 Roy Curvers Giant-Alpecin +18' 50''
72 Mark Cavendish Dimension Data +19' 09''
73 Matthew Holmes Madison Genesis +19' 11''
74 Jon Dibben Team Wiggins +20' 06''
75 Ramon Sinkeldam Giant-Alpecin +20' 09''
76 Steele Von Hoff ONE Pro Cycling +20' 13''
77 Maximiliano Richeze Etixx-Quick Step +20' 13''
78 Paolo Simion Bardiani CSF +20' 13''
79 Thomas Moses JLT-Condor +20' 33''
80 Ian Stannard Sky +20' 43''
81 Pete Williams ONE Pro Cycling +21' 23''
82 Alessandro Tonelli Bardiani CSF +21' 44''
83 Eugenio Alafaci Trek-Segafredo +21' 50''
84 Tony Martin Etixx-Quick Step +22' 09''
85 Jorge Arcas Movistar +23' 22''
86 Nicola Ruffoni Bardiani CSF +26' 51''
87 Adam Blythe Great Britain s.t.
88 Mark McNally Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
89 Rob Partridge NFTO +26' 58''
90 Caleb Ewan Orica-BikeExchange +27' 06''
91 Jonathan McEvoy NFTO +27' 10''
92 Dale Appleby NFTO +27' 12''
93 Damien Shaw An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
94 Björn Thurau Wanty-Groupe Gobert +27' 51''
95 Conor Dunne JLT-Condor +28' 09''
96 Jasper Bovenhuis An Post-Chainreaction +28' 10''
97 Mark Renshaw Dimension Data +28' 22''
98 Graham Briggs JLT-Condor +28' 25''
99 Robert Wagner LottoNL-Jumbo +28' 43''
100 Marco Coledan Trek-Segafredo +30' 12''
101 Oliver Kent-Spark An Post-Chainreaction +31' 11''
102 Taylor Gunman Madison Genesis +31' 28''
103 Ryan Mullen Cannondale-Drapac +32' 33''
104 Oliver Wood Great Britain +32' 34''
105 Johann Van Zyl Dimension Data +32' 45''
106 Liam Stones NFTO +32' 55''
107 Javier Aramendía Caja Rural s.t.
108 Alex Dowsett Movistar +33' 44''
109 Jay Thomson Dimension Data +34' 11''
110 Alexandre Blain Madison Genesis +34' 54''
111 Hayden McCormick ONE Pro Cycling +34' 55''
112 Christopher Latham Team Wiggins +36' 26''
113 Kristian House ONE Pro Cycling +36' 32''
114 Owain Doull Team Wiggins s.t.
115 Alexander Edmondson Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
116 Bradley Team Wiggins Team Wiggins +38' 03''
117 Elia Viviani Sky +40' 36''
118 Mathew Cronshaw Madison Genesis +42' 10''
119 Michael Hepburn Orica-BikeExchange +44' 00''
120 Emiel Wastyn An Post-Chainreaction +1h 08' 25''

Tuesday, September 6: Stage 3, Congleton - Knutsford, 179.4 km

Ian Stannard

Ian Stannard wins Tour of Britain stage 3 in style.

The Race: Here's how stage winner Ian Stannard's Team Sky described the day's racing.

Ian Stannard took an emphatic solo victory following a long-range attack on stage three at the Tour of Britain. The Team Sky Brit put his local knowledge to great use with a powerhouse ride, making the day's early four-man break, before pushing clear of his rivals with 40 kilometres to go.

Stannard pushed out his advantage and had plenty of time to celebrate, crossing the line in Tatton Park with a winning advantage of one minute and 46 seconds.
Danny van Poppel also bagged a top five, crossing the line second in the big bunch sprint that followed, some 5:43 down.

Elsewhere the general classification picture remained fairly stable, with Ben Swift moving up to fourth place overall, 1:08 back on the yellow jersey of Julien Vermote (Etixx - Quick-Step). Nicolas Roche continued a strong and combative race as he looked to rack up more KOM points on the climbs, and also remains 10th overall.

After the stage a very happy Stannard explained: "It was a big day on home roads and I was pretty motivated for the stage. I was keen to get away in the break.

"It's always nice to win from a breakaway - solo as well - so I'm really happy about that. I knew over the climb we had about five minutes and that gave us a chance on the run-in. I heard the gap went out so I was pretty happy.

"There were some really awesome crowds out today and the roads were packed on all the climbs. It's really great to see people get behind the race and it makes it all the more special racing at home."

Complete Results:

179.4 kilometers raced at an average speed of 42.345 km/hr

1 Ian Stannard Sky 4hr 14min 12sec
2 Graham Briggs JLT-Condor @ 1min 4sec'
3 Kristian House ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
4 Nicola Ruffoni Bardiani CSF +5' 43''
5 Danny van Poppel Sky s.t.
6 Ramon Sinkeldam Giant-Alpecin s.t.
7 Christopher Latham Team Wiggins s.t.
8 Rick Zabel BMC s.t.
9 Dylan van Baarle Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
10 Luka Mezgec Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
11 Boy van Poppel Trek-Segafredo s.t.
12 Ian Bibby NFTO s.t.
13 Diego Rubio Caja Rural s.t.
14 Nicolas Vereecken An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
15 Oliver Wood Great Britain s.t.
16 Hayden McCormick ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
17 Mark Christian Team Wiggins s.t.
18 Alexandre Blain Madison Genesis s.t.
19 Tony Gallopin Lotto-Soudal s.t.
20 Steve Cummings Dimension Data s.t.
21 Dylan Groenewegen LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
22 Maximiliano Richeze Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
23 Ben Swift Sky s.t.
24 Steele Von Hoff ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
25 Jack Bauer Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
26 Dion Smith ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
27 Thomas Stewart Madison Genesis s.t.
28 Jacopo Mosca Trek-Segafredo s.t.
29 Julien Vermote Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
30 Guillaume Martin Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
31 Mark Cavendish Dimension Data s.t.
32 Carlos Barbero Caja Rural s.t.
33 Domingos Gonçalves Caja Rural s.t.
34 Russell Downing JLT-Condor s.t.
35 Tom Dumoulin Giant-Alpecin s.t.
36 Steve Lampier JLT-Condor s.t.
37 Martijn Tusveld Giant-Alpecin s.t.
38 Ruben Zepuntke Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
39 Tao Geoghegan Hart Great Britain s.t.
40 Karol Domagalski ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
41 Pete Williams ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
42 Björn Thurau Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
43 Adam Blythe Great Britain s.t.
44 Daniel Martin Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
45 Erick Rowsell Madison Genesis s.t.
46 Paolo Simion Bardiani CSF s.t.
47 Rohan Dennis BMC s.t.
48 Mark Renshaw Dimension Data s.t.
49 Nicolas Roche Sky s.t.
50 Sebastian Langeveld Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
51 Jasper Bovenhuis An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
52 Edoardo Zardini Bardiani CSF s.t.
53 Ryan Mullen Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
54 Marco Marcato Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
55 Xandro Meurisse Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
56 Francesco Bongiorno Bardiani CSF s.t.
57 Miguel Ángel Benito Caja Rural s.t.
58 Daniel Pearson Team Wiggins s.t.
59 Edmund Bradbury NFTO s.t.
60 Jochem Hoekstra Giant-Alpecin s.t.
61 Alistair Slater JLT-Condor s.t.
62 Juan José Lobato Movistar s.t.
63 Amets Txurruka Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
64 Jacob Scott An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
65 James Shaw Lotto-Soudal s.t.
66 Giovanni Visconti Movistar s.t.
67 Héctor Sáez Caja Rural s.t.
68 Paul Martens LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
69 Mark McNally Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
70 André Greipel Lotto-Soudal +6' 04''
71 Roy Curvers Giant-Alpecin s.t.
72 Tony Martin Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
73 Robert Wagner LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
74 Taylor Phinney BMC s.t.
75 Wout Poels Sky s.t.
76 Jonathan McEvoy NFTO s.t.
77 Loïc Vliegen BMC s.t.
78 Lukasz Wisniowski Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
79 Oliver Kent-Spark An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
80 Gabriel Cullaigh Great Britain s.t.
81 Javier Aramendía Caja Rural s.t.
82 Dale Appleby NFTO s.t.
83 Gorka Izagirre Movistar s.t.
84 Jasper De Buyst Lotto-Soudal s.t.
85 Rob Partridge NFTO s.t.
86 Liam Stones NFTO s.t.
87 Alex Dowsett Movistar s.t.
88 Amaël Moinard BMC s.t.
89 Marcel Sieberg Lotto-Soudal s.t.
90 Daniel McLay Great Britain s.t.
91 Damien Shaw An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
92 Jorge Arcas Movistar s.t.
93 Mark Stewart Great Britain s.t.
94 Alessandro Tonelli Bardiani CSF s.t.
95 Thomas Moses JLT-Condor s.t.
96 Enrico Gasparotto Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
97 Robert Power Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
98 Javier Moreno Movistar s.t.
99 Caleb Ewan Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
100 Bernhard Eisel Dimension Data +6' 26''
101 Nicola Boem Bardiani CSF +6' 29''
102 Elia Viviani Sky +7' 13''
103 Mathew Cronshaw Madison Genesis +7' 20''
104 Jay Thomson Dimension Data s.t.
105 Michael Hepburn Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
106 Jens Debusschere Lotto-Soudal s.t.
107 Tom Leezer LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
108 Maarten Wynants LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
109 Eugenio Alafaci Trek-Segafredo s.t.
110 Marco Coledan Trek-Segafredo s.t.
111 Alexander Edmondson Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
112 Conor Dunne JLT-Condor s.t.
113 Bert-Jan Lindeman LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
114 Owain Doull Team Wiggins s.t.
115 Bradley Team Wiggins Team Wiggins s.t.
116 Taylor Eisenhart BMC s.t.
117 Jon Dibben Team Wiggins s.t.
118 Matthew Holmes Madison Genesis +7' 26''
119 Johann Van Zyl Dimension Data +7' 38''
120 Taylor Gunman Madison Genesis +10' 20''
121 Giacomo Nizzolo Trek-Segafredo +10' 25''
122 Emiel Wastyn An Post-Chainreaction +29' 53''

GC after Stage 3:

529.2 kilometers raced so far at an average speed of 41.063 km/hr

1 Julien Vermote Etixx-Quick Step 12hr 53min 15sec
2 Steve Cummings Dimension Data @ 6sec
3 Daniel Martin Etixx-Quick Step +1' 04''
4 Ben Swift Sky +1' 08''
5 Xandro Meurisse Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
6 Tony Gallopin Lotto-Soudal s.t.
7 Dylan van Baarle Cannondale-Drapac +1' 12''
8 Guillaume Martin Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
9 Tom Dumoulin Giant-Alpecin s.t.
10 Nicolas Roche Sky +1' 16''
11 Jacopo Mosca Trek-Segafredo s.t.
12 Rohan Dennis BMC +1' 17''
13 Mark Christian Team Wiggins +3' 00''
14 Ruben Zepuntke Cannondale-Drapac +4' 33''
15 Edmund Bradbury NFTO +4' 37''
16 Erick Rowsell Madison Genesis +4' 39''
17 Ian Bibby NFTO +4' 41''
18 Dion Smith ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
19 Marco Marcato Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
20 Jack Bauer Cannondale-Drapac +4' 43''
21 Tao Geoghegan Hart Great Britain s.t.
22 Steve Lampier JLT-Condor s.t.
23 Edoardo Zardini Bardiani CSF s.t.
24 Giovanni Visconti Movistar s.t.
25 Amets Txurruka Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
26 James Shaw Lotto-Soudal s.t.
27 Sebastian Langeveld Cannondale-Drapac +4' 53''
28 Thomas Stewart Madison Genesis +4' 55''
29 Daniel Pearson Team Wiggins s.t.
30 Miguel Ángel Benito Caja Rural +4' 59''
31 Domingos Gonçalves Caja Rural +5' 03''
32 Lukasz Wisniowski Etixx-Quick Step +5' 04''
33 Martijn Tusveld Giant-Alpecin +5' 05''
34 Héctor Sáez Caja Rural +5' 09''
35 Loïc Vliegen BMC +5' 20''
36 Jochem Hoekstra Giant-Alpecin +5' 28''
37 Nicolas Vereecken An Post-Chainreaction +5' 31''
38 Carlos Barbero Caja Rural s.t.
39 Francesco Bongiorno Bardiani CSF s.t.
40 Russell Downing JLT-Condor s.t.
41 Alistair Slater JLT-Condor +5' 36''
42 Diego Rubio Caja Rural +5' 39''
43 Gorka Izagirre Movistar +5' 52''
44 Enrico Gasparott Wanty-Groupe Gobert +5' 52''
45 Amaël Moinard BMC +6' 04''
46 Robert Power Orica-BikeExchange +6' 06''
47 Tom Leezer LottoNL-Jumbo +6' 42''
48 Ian Stannard Sky +7' 18''
49 Matthew Holmes Madison Genesis +7' 19''
50 Maarten Wynants LottoNL-Jumbo +7' 22''
51 Bert-Jan Lindeman LottoNL-Jumbo +7' 35''
52 Graham Briggs JLT-Condor +10' 48''
53 Wout Poels Sky +12' 29''
54 Rick Zabel BMC +13' 13''
55 Karol Domagalski ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
56 Luka Mezgec Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
57 Dylan Groenewegen LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
58 André Greipel Lotto-Soudal +13' 15''
59 Daniel McLay Great Britain +13' 34''
60 Mark Stewart Great Britain s.t.
61 Roy Curvers Giant-Alpecin s.t.
62 Oliver Kent-Spark An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
63 Rob Partridge NFTO s.t.
64 Javier Moreno Movistar s.t.
65 Mark Cavendish Dimension Data +13' 53''
66 Nicola Boem Bardiani CSF +13' 59''
67 Conor Dunne JLT-Condor +14' 44''
68 Jasper Bovenhuis An Post-Chainreaction +14' 48''
69 Jon Dibben Team Wiggins +14' 50''
70 Ramon Sinkeldam Giant-Alpecin +14' 53''
71 Ryan Mullen Cannondale-Drapac +14' 56''
72 Nicola Ruffoni Bardiani CSF +14' 57''
73 Oliver Wood Great Britain s.t.
74 Steele Von Hoff ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
75 Maximiliano Richeze Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
76 Boy van Poppel Trek-Segafredo s.t.
77 Paolo Simion Bardiani CSF s.t.
78 Adam Blythe Great Britain s.t.
79 Mark Renshaw Dimension Data s.t.
80 Jacob Scott An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
81 Mark McNally Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
82 Danny van Poppel Sky s.t.
83 Paul Martens LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
84 Juan José Lobato Movistar s.t.
85 Johann Van Zyl Dimension Data +15' 08''
86 Caleb Ewan Orica-BikeExchange +15' 12''
87 Jonathan McEvoy NFTO +15' 16''
88 Thomas Moses JLT-Condor +15' 17''
89 Liam Stones NFTO +15' 18''
90 Taylor Phinney BMC s.t.
91 Dale Appleby NFTO s.t.
92 Gabriel Cullaigh Great Britain s.t.
93 Javier Aramendía Caja Rural s.t.
94 Damien Shaw An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
95 Robert Wagner LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
96 Marcel Sieberg Lotto-Soudal s.t.
97 Bernhard Eisel Dimension Data +15' 40''
98 Alessandro Tonelli Bardiani CSF +16' 31''
99 Jens Debusschere Lotto-Soudal +16' 34''
100 Eugenio Alafaci Trek-Segafredo s.t.
101 Taylor Eisenhart BMC s.t.
102 Jay Thomson Dimension Data s.t.
103 Jasper De Buyst Lotto-Soudal +16' 52''
104 Marco Coledan Trek-Segafredo +18' 18''
105 Kristian House ONE Pro Cycling +18' 55''
106 Taylor Gunman Madison Genesis +19' 34''
107 Giacomo Nizzolo Trek-Segafredo +19' 39''
108 Pete Williams ONE Pro Cycling +21' 23''
109 Alexandre Blain Madison Genesis +21' 29''
110 Tony Martin Etixx-Quick Step +21' 50''
111 Alex Dowsett Movistar s.t.
112 Elia Viviani Sky +22' 59''
113 Christopher Latham Team Wiggins +23' 01''
114 Hayden McCormick ONE Pro Cycling +23' 01''
115 Jorge Arcas Movistar +23' 22''
116 Mathew Cronshaw Madison Genesis +24' 33''
117 Owain Doull Team Wiggins +24' 38''
118 Alexander Edmondson Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
119 Bradley Team Wiggins Team Wiggins s.t.
120 Michael Hepburn Orica-BikeExchange +26' 23''
121 Björn Thurau Wanty-Groupe Gobert +27' 51''
122 Emiel Wastyn An Post-Chainreaction +50' 48''

 


Monday, September 5: Stage 2, Carlisle - Kendal, 188.2 km

Julien Vermote

Julien Vermote wins Tour of Britain stage 2

The Race: Stage winner Julien Vermote's Etixx-Quick Step team explained the days racing thus:

Belgian Julien Vermote, one of the 15 riders to make it into the original breakaway of the day, is the new leader of the race

The Tour of Britain is very much to Julien Vermote's liking, and quite frankly, what isn't to like at a race which reminds him of Belgium, with its steep climbs, twisty and narrow roads and wet conditions. Same Tour of Britain – in which Etixx – Quick-Step holds the record for the most stage victories – was the race in which Julien took his first win outside of Belgium, two years ago, following a superb action in the stage to Brighton, and he repeated that feat this season, after a day made challenging not only by the rolling terrain, but also by the grim weather which was keen to play a major part in the outcome.

On Monday, Julien Vermote jumped from the peloton once the neutral zone was left behind after the start of stage 2 and was joined by 14 other men, together with whom he gradually extended the lead to four minutes. While some of those riders showed an interest in the bonus seconds at the intermediate sprints or in the KOM points, Julien kept an eye on the gap and the kilometers left to the finish, as he felt that the move may have a chance of making it to the line, especially as the heavy rain slowed down the peloton which was already chewing into their advantage by that point.

As expected, on the last climbs the bunch got fragmented and a chase group was formed, Dan Martin being among those who got infiltrated there, before eventually joining the break inside the final 20 kilometers. Several attacks soon followed, but the group sticked together until a strong acceleration of Cummings split it. Vermote was the only one to react and the duo soon built a 40-second gap which allowed them to fight for victory in Kendal. The uphill drag to the finish didn't pose any problem to Julien, who powered away and won with a two-second margin, thus bagging his first victory of the season.

The chasing group arrived a minute later and Dan Martin proved to be the strongest, as he launched a short attack which netted him third on the stage, as well as in the general classification, which is led by his teammate following the remarkable performance of Monday afternoon, when he brought the squad's fourth success in the space of just three days.

"It's always nice to get a victory, particularly here, where I've already won a beautiful stage a few years ago. I have a special feeling every time I come to this race, as I like the course and the fans who are cheering for us. Also, Britain is a little bit similar to Flanders, and I find this very appealing", said Julien, who helped the squad top the team rankings at the end of the stage.

After returning from the podium, where he received the yellow jersey and the points one, Julien – Etixx – Quick-Step's 18th different rider to win a race this season – took us through the grueling 188-km long stage between Carlisle and Kendal: "Nowadays in cycling it isn't easy anymore to get a victory, so I knew I had to give it my all. The parcours was tough, up and down all the time, kind of like two years ago, in Brighton. When the break got caught by the chasing group and Steven attacked, I was pretty empty, but I knew that I don't want to miss this chance. He was very strong, but I overcame the pain and the climbs and now I'm super happy. Despite being leader in the overall standings, I'm not thinking of the GC; all I want is to do my best this week and to enjoy this great moment."

Unfortunately, not everything went perfect for Etixx – Quick-Step on Monday, as stagiaire Adrien Costa crashed in the final 70 kilometers. However, the 19-year-old put in a brave ride to complete the stage, at the end of which he went to the hospital for further medical examinations. The team will assess his condition tomorrow morning before deciding if Adrien can start stage 3 (Congleton – Tatton Park, 179.4 kilometers).

Complete Results:

188.2 kilometers raced at an average speed of 40.209 km/hr

1 Julien Vermote Etixx-Quick Step 4hr 40min 50sec
2 Steve Cummings Dimension Data @ 2sec
3 Daniel Martin Etixx-Quick Step +58''
4 Xandro Meurisse Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
5 Tony Gallopin Lotto-Soudal s.t.
6 Ben Swift Sky s.t.
7 Guillaume Martin Wanty-Groupe Gobert +1' 02''
8 Tom Dumoulin Giant-Alpecin s.t.
9 Dylan van Baarle Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
10 Jacopo Mosca Trek-Segafredo +1' 06''
11 Nicolas Roche Sky +1' 07''
12 Rohan Dennis BMC s.t.
13 Mark Christian Team Wiggins +2' 50''
14 Ruben Zepuntke Cannondale-Drapac +4' 23''
15 Edmund Bradbury NFTO +4' 27''
16 Erick Rowsell Madison Genesis +4' 29''
17 Marco Marcato Wanty-Groupe Gobert +4' 31''
18 Ian Bibby NFTO s.t.
19 Dion Smith ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
20 Amets Txurruka Orica-BikeExchange +4' 33''
21 Jack Bauer Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
22 Tao Geoghegan Hart Great Britain s.t.
23 Lukasz Wisniowski Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
24 James Shaw Lotto-Soudal s.t.
25 Giovanni Visconti Movistar s.t.
26 Steve Lampier JLT-Condor s.t.
27 Edoardo Zardini Bardiani CSF s.t.
28 Sebastian Langeveld Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
29 Thomas Stewart Madison Genesis +4' 45''
30 Daniel Pearson Team Wiggins s.t.
31 Miguel Ángel Benito Caja Rural +4' 49''
32 Loïc Vliegen BMC s.t.
33 Domingos Gonçalves Caja Rural +4' 53''
34 Tom Leezer LottoNL-Jumbo +4' 55''
35 Martijn Tusveld Giant-Alpecin s.t.
36 Héctor Sáez Caja Rural +4' 59''
37 Jochem Hoekstra Giant-Alpecin +5' 18''
38 Russell Downing JLT-Condor +5' 21''
39 Nicolas Vereecken An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
40 Gorka Izagirre Movistar s.t.
41 Carlos Barbero Caja Rural s.t.
42 Enrico Gasparotto Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
43 Francesco Bongiorno Bardiani CSF s.t.
44 Matthew Holmes Madison Genesis +5' 26''
45 Alistair Slater JLT-Condor s.t.
46 Diego Rubio Caja Rural +5' 29''
47 Amaël Moinard BMC +5' 33''
48 Maarten Wynants LottoNL-Jumbo +5' 35''
49 Robert Power Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
50 Bert-Jan Lindeman LottoNL-Jumbo +5' 49''
51 Wout Poels Sky +11' 58''
52 Jon Dibben Team Wiggins +13' 03''
53 Mark Stewart Great Britain s.t.
54 Rob Partridge NFTO s.t.
55 Roy Curvers Giant-Alpecin s.t.
56 Luka Mezgec Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
57 Karol Domagalski ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
58 Rick Zabel BMC s.t.
59 Ian Stannard Sky s.t.
60 Oliver Kent-Spark An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
61 André Greipel Lotto-Soudal s.t.
62 Daniel McLay Great Britain s.t.
63 Dylan Groenewegen LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
64 Nicola Boem Bardiani CSF s.t.
65 Johann Van Zyl Dimension Data s.t.
66 Javier Moreno Movistar s.t.
67 Conor Dunne JLT-Condor s.t.
68 Mark Cavendish Dimension Data +13' 43''
69 Paolo Simion Bardiani CSF +14' 47''
70 Mark McNally Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
71 Ryan Mullen Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
72 Oliver Wood Great Britain s.t.
73 Jacob Scott An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
74 Caleb Ewan Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
75 Adam Blythe Great Britain s.t.
76 Steele Von Hoff ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
77 Ramon Sinkeldam Giant-Alpecin s.t.
78 Javier Aramendía Caja Rural s.t.
79 Taylor Gunman Madison Genesis s.t.
80 Paul Martens LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
81 Eugenio Alafaci Trek-Segafredo s.t.
82 Danny van Poppel Sky s.t.
83 Nicola Ruffoni Bardiani CSF s.t.
84 Giacomo Nizzolo Trek-Segafredo s.t.
85 Thomas Moses JLT-Condor s.t.
86 Marco Coledan Trek-Segafredo s.t.
87 Boy van Poppel Trek-Segafredo s.t.
88 Mark Renshaw Dimension Data s.t.
89 Liam Stones NFTO s.t.
90 Damien Shaw An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
91 Robert Wagner LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
92 Juan José Lobato Movistar s.t.
93 Gabriel Cullaigh Great Britain s.t.
94 Jens Debusschere Lotto-Soudal s.t.
95 Dale Appleby NFTO s.t.
96 Jasper De Buyst Lotto-Soudal s.t.
97 Maximiliano Richeze Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
98 Jay Thomson Dimension Data s.t.
99 Jonathan McEvoy NFTO s.t.
100 Marcel Sieberg Lotto-Soudal s.t.
101 Jasper Bovenhuis An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
102 Taylor Phinney BMC s.t.
103 Bernhard Eisel Dimension Data s.t.
104 Taylor Eisenhart BMC s.t.
105 Graham Briggs JLT-Condor s.t.
106 Alessandro Tonelli Bardiani CSF +16' 00''
107 Pete Williams ONE Pro Cycling +21' 19''
108 Alexandre Blain Madison Genesis s.t.
109 Alex Dowsett Movistar s.t.
110 Tony Martin Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
111 Elia Viviani Sky s.t.
112 Hayden McCormick ONE Pro Cycling +22' 51''
113 Jorge Arcas Movistar s.t.
114 Kristian House ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
115 Christopher Latham Team Wiggins s.t.
116 Mathew Cronshaw Madison Genesis s.t.
117 Owain Doull Team Wiggins s.t.
118 Alexander Edmondson Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
119 Bradley Team Wiggins Team Wiggins s.t.
120 Michael Hepburn Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
121 Adrien Costa Etixx-Quick Step +23' 21''
122 Emiel Wastyn An Post-Chainreaction +26' 28''
123 Björn Thurau Wanty-Groupe Gobert +27' 41''

GC after Stage 2:

349.8 kilometers raced so far at an average speed of 40.886 km/hr

1 Julien Vermote Etixx-Quick Step 8hr 33min 20sec
2 Steve Cummings Dimension Data @ 6sec
3 Daniel Martin Etixx-Quick Step +1' 04''
4 Xandro Meurisse Wanty-Groupe Gobert +1' 08''
5 Ben Swift Sky s.t.
6 Tony Gallopin Lotto-Soudal s.t.
7 Dylan van Baarle Cannondale-Drapac +1' 12''
8 Guillaume Martin Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
9 Tom Dumoulin Giant-Alpecin s.t.
10 Nicolas Roche Sky +1' 16''
11 Jacopo Mosca Trek-Segafredo s.t.
12 Rohan Dennis BMC +1' 17''
13 Mark Christian Team Wiggins +3' 00''
14 Ruben Zepuntke Cannondale-Drapac +4' 33''
15 Edmund Bradbury NFTO +4' 37''
16 Erick Rowsell Madison Genesis +4' 39''
17 Ian Bibby NFTO +4' 41''
18 Dion Smith ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
19 Marco Marcato Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
20 Jack Bauer Cannondale-Drapac +4' 43''
21 Tao Geoghegan Hart Great Britain s.t.
22 Steve Lampier JLT-Condor s.t.
23 Edoardo Zardini Bardiani CSF s.t.
24 Lukasz Wisniowski Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
25 Giovanni Visconti Movistar s.t.
26 Amets Txurruka Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
27 James Shaw Lotto-Soudal s.t.
28 Sebastian Langeveld Cannondale-Drapac +4' 53''
29 Daniel Pearson Team Wiggins +4' 55''
30 Thomas Stewart Madison Genesis s.t.
31 Loïc Vliegen BMC +4' 59''
32 Miguel Ángel Benito Caja Rural s.t.
33 Domingos Gonçalves Caja Rural +5' 03''
34 Martijn Tusveld Giant-Alpecin +5' 05''
35 Tom Leezer LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
36 Héctor Sáez Caja Rural +5' 09''
37 Jochem Hoekstra Giant-Alpecin +5' 28''
38 Nicolas Vereecken An Post-Chainreaction +5' 31''
39 Gorka Izagirre Movistar s.t.
40 Francesco Bongiorno Bardiani CSF s.t.
41 Carlos Barbero Caja Rural s.t.
42 Enrico Gasparotto Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
43 Russell Downing JLT-Condor s.t.
44 Matthew Holmes Madison Genesis +5' 36''
45 Alistair Slater JLT-Condor s.t.
46 Diego Rubio Caja Rural +5' 39''
47 Amaël Moinard BMC +5' 43''
48 Robert Power Orica-BikeExchange +5' 45''
49 Maarten Wynants LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
50 Bert-Jan Lindeman LottoNL-Jumbo +5' 58''
51 Wout Poels Sky +12' 08''
52 André Greipel Lotto-Soudal +12' 54''
53 Conor Dunne JLT-Condor +13' 07''
54 Daniel McLay Great Britain +13' 13''
55 Rick Zabel BMC s.t.
56 Mark Stewart Great Britain s.t.
57 Karol Domagalski ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
58 Roy Curvers Giant-Alpecin s.t.
59 Luka Mezgec Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
60 Jon Dibben Team Wiggins s.t.
61 Oliver Kent-Spark An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
62 Rob Partridge NFTO s.t.
63 Javier Moreno Movistar s.t.
64 Nicola Boem Bardiani CSF s.t.
65 Ian Stannard Sky s.t.
66 Johann Van Zyl Dimension Data s.t.
67 Dylan Groenewegen LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
68 Mark Cavendish Dimension Data +13' 53''
69 Jasper Bovenhuis An Post-Chainreaction +14' 48''
70 Caleb Ewan Orica-BikeExchange +14' 51''
71 Ramon Sinkeldam Giant-Alpecin +14' 53''
72 Jonathan McEvoy NFTO +14' 55''
73 Ryan Mullen Cannondale-Drapac +14' 56''
74 Thomas Moses JLT-Condor s.t.
75 Paolo Simion Bardiani CSF +14' 57''
76 Steele Von Hoff ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
77 Oliver Wood Great Britain s.t.
78 Nicola Ruffoni Bardiani CSF s.t.
79 Giacomo Nizzolo Trek-Segafredo s.t.
80 Maximiliano Richeze Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
81 Jens Debusschere Lotto-Soudal s.t.
82 Jacob Scott An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
83 Boy van Poppel Trek-Segafredo s.t.
84 Liam Stones NFTO s.t.
85 Mark Renshaw Dimension Data s.t.
86 Adam Blythe Great Britain s.t.
87 Mark McNally Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
88 Graham Briggs JLT-Condor s.t.
89 Dale Appleby NFTO s.t.
90 Taylor Phinney BMC s.t.
91 Taylor Eisenhart BMC s.t.
92 Taylor Gunman Madison Genesis s.t.
93 Gabriel Cullaigh Great Britain s.t.
94 Eugenio Alafaci Trek-Segafredo s.t.
95 Javier Aramendía Caja Rural s.t.
96 Paul Martens LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
97 Damien Shaw An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
98 Danny van Poppel Sky s.t.
99 Marcel Sieberg Lotto-Soudal s.t.
100 Jay Thomson Dimension Data s.t.
101 Robert Wagner LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
102 Juan José Lobato Movistar s.t.
103 Bernhard Eisel Dimension Data s.t.
104 Alessandro Tonelli Bardiani CSF +16' 10''
105 Jasper De Buyst Lotto-Soudal +16' 31''
106 Marco Coledan Trek-Segafredo +16' 41''
107 Pete Williams ONE Pro Cycling +21' 23''
108 Alexandre Blain Madison Genesis +21' 29''
109 Tony Martin Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
110 Alex Dowsett Movistar s.t.
111 Elia Viviani Sky s.t.
112 Christopher Latham Team Wiggins +23' 01''
113 Mathew Cronshaw Madison Genesis s.t.
114 Jorge Arcas Movistar s.t.
115 Hayden McCormick ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
116 Kristian House ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
117 Owain Doull Team Wiggins s.t.
118 Alexander Edmondson Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
119 Bradley Team Wiggins Team Wiggins s.t.
120 Adrien Costa Etixx-Quick Step +23' 31''
121 Michael Hepburn Orica-BikeExchange +24' 46''
122 Emiel Wastyn An Post-Chainreaction +26' 38''
123 Björn Thurau Wanty-Groupe Gobert +27' 51''

Sunday, September 4: Stage 1, Glasgow - Castle Douglas, 161.6 km

Amdre Greipel

André Greipel wins Tour of Britain stage 1

The Race: Here's the report from stage winner André Greipel's Lotto-Soudal team.

The Scottish city Glasgow hosted the start of the opening stage of the Tour of Britain. Five riders managed to set up the breakaway of the day after six kilometres. They had a stable gap of almost three minutes. With ten kilometres to go, the sprint teams caught the escapees. It were Lotto Soudal and Trek-Segafredo that set a high pace in the peloton. André Greipel finished off the teamwork and won the sprint in Castle Douglas ahead of Ewan and Sinkeldam. The German champion is also the first leader of the general classification. Jens Debusschere finished tenth in the sprint.

André Greipel: “Based on the profile, today’s stage was the easiest one of the week. There were five riders in the breakaway, but they weren’t a threat. Our trainee James Shaw did a lot of work together with the riders of Lotto NL Jumbo, Dimension Data and Team Sky. As we’re here with teams of only six riders, it’s difficult to control the race. For us it was important to be in the front of the peloton in the finale. We managed to set up a perfect lead-out: Gallopin and De Buyst prepared us for the sprint while Sieberg and Debusschere gave everything they had in the last kilometre. With five hundred metres to go there was a sharp curve and we had to be in front by then. What followed was a slightly uphill finish. Everyone did a perfect job which is very important when you race with small teams.”

“Before the Tour of Britain I had a very long training period so I had to wait and see how I was doing. This victory is very pleasant if you just get back in competition and it gives a confidence boost also because there are a lot of strong sprinters in the peloton. There are several hard stages to come and I don’t know if and when we’ll be able to sprint again. We’re only with six riders so it’s hard to control the race and because the route is never flat tomorrow it will be even more difficult. With thirty kilometres to go we still have a hard climb to cover with four hundred elevation metres and after that there is the hilly finish. We’ll have to see how the race evolves because it’s a course that should suit Gallopin really well too.

In the Vuelta Contador surprised the peloton by attacking immediately after the start of stage fifteen. Thirty riders followed the rider of Tinkoff, among them was also the GC leader Quintana. Froome was in the back of the peloton and wasn’t able to join the breakaway. Team Sky had a difficult day chasing the breakaway. In the end Brambilla won the stage in Formigal ahead of Quintana and Felline.  Froome finished two minutes and a half behind Quintana. Monfort was the first rider of Lotto Soudal at the top and was 25th.

Complete Results:

161.6 kilometers raced at an average speed of 41.673 km/hr

1 André Greipel Lotto-Soudal 3hr 52min 40sec
2 Caleb Ewan Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
3 Ramon Sinkeldam Giant-Alpecin s.t.
4 Maximiliano Richeze Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
5 Giacomo Nizzolo Trek-Segafredo s.t.
6 Nicola Ruffoni Bardiani-CSF s.t.
7 Steele Von Hoff ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
8 Christopher Latham Team Wiggins s.t.
9 Daniel McLay Great Britain s.t.
10 Jens Debusschere Lotto-Soudal s.t.
11 Paolo Simion Bardiani-CSF s.t.
12 Nicolas Vereecken An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
13 Domingos Gonçalves Caja Rural s.t.
14 Héctor Sáez Caja Rural s.t.
15 Oliver Wood Great Britain s.t.
16 Rick Zabel BMC s.t.
17 Alexandre Blain Madison Genesis s.t.
18 Dylan van Baarle Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
19 Diego Rubio Caja Rural s.t.
20 Ruben Zepuntke Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
21 Sebastian Langeveld Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
22 Jack Bauer Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
23 Gorka Izagirre Movistar s.t.
24 Wout Poels Sky s.t.
25 Tao Geoghegan Hart Great Britain s.t.
26 Steve Lampier JLT-Condor s.t.
27 Graham Briggs JLT-Condor s.t.
28 Boy van Poppel Trek-Segafredo s.t.
29 Liam Stones NFTO s.t.
30 Mathew Cronshaw Madison Genesis s.t.
31 Björn Thurau Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
32 Jasper Bovenhuis An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
33 Mark Renshaw Dimension Data s.t.
34 Adrien Costa Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
35 Edoardo Zardini Bardiani-CSF s.t.
36 Mark Stewart Great Britain s.t.
37 Erick Rowsell Madison Genesis s.t.
38 Matthew Holmes Madison Genesis s.t.
39 Guillaume Martin Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
40 Ian Bibby NFTO s.t.
41 Karol Domagalski ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
42 Jacob Scott An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
43 Xandro Meurisse Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
44 Jochem Hoekstra Giant-Alpecin s.t.
45 Lukasz Wisniowski Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
46 Daniel Pearson Team Wiggins s.t.
47 Adam Blythe Great Britain s.t.
48 Ben Swift Sky s.t.
49 Francesco Bongiorno Bardiani-CSF s.t.
50 Emiel Wastyn An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
51 Thomas Stewart Madison Genesis s.t.
52 Amaël Moinard BMC s.t.
53 Loïc Vliegen BMC s.t.
54 Ryan Mullen Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
55 Giovanni Visconti Movistar s.t.
56 Mark McNally Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
57 Tony Martin Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
58 Tom Dumoulin Giant-Alpecin s.t.
59 Roy Curvers Giant-Alpecin s.t.
60 Dion Smith ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
61 Nicolas Roche Sky s.t.
62 Miguel Ángel Benito Caja Rural s.t.
63 Alex Dowsett Movistar s.t.
64 Taylor Eisenhart BMC s.t.
65 Taylor Phinney BMC s.t.
66 Dale Appleby NFTO s.t.
67 Rohan Dennis BMC s.t.
68 Alistair Slater JLT-Condor s.t.
69 Edmund Bradbury NFTO s.t.
70 Pete Williams ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
71 Amets Txurruka Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
72 Carlos Barbero Caja Rural s.t.
73 Jorge Arcas Movistar s.t.
74 Luka Mezgec Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
75 Conor Dunne JLT-Condor s.t.
76 Robert Power Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
77 Oliver Kent-Spark An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
78 Mark Christian Team Wiggins s.t.
79 Gabriel Cullaigh Great Britain s.t.
80 Thomas Moses JLT-Condor s.t.
81 Hayden McCormick ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
82 Tony Gallopin Lotto - Soudal s.t.
83 Daniel Martin Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
84 Julien Vermote Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
85 Jon Dibben Team Wiggins s.t.
86 Alessandro Tonelli Bardiani-CSF s.t.
87 Marco Marcato Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
88 Rob Partridge NFTO s.t.
89 James Shaw Lotto - Soudal s.t.
90 Martijn Tusveld Giant-Alpecin s.t.
91 Jonathan McEvoy NFTO s.t.
92 Jacopo Mosca Trek-Segafredo s.t.
93 Taylor Gunman Madison Genesis s.t.
94 Eugenio Alafaci Trek-Segafredo s.t.
95 Javier Moreno Movistar s.t.
96 Enrico Gasparotto Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
97 Steve Cummings Dimension Data s.t.
98 Owain Doull Team Wiggins s.t.
99 Kristian House ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
100 Nicola Boem Bardiani-CSF s.t.
101 Damien Shaw An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
102 Javier Aramendía Caja Rural s.t.
103 Paul Martens LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
104 Bert-Jan Lindeman LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
105 Marcel Sieberg Lotto - Soudal s.t.
106 Alexander Edmondson Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
107 Tom Leezer LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
108 Jay Thomson Dimension Data s.t.
109 Johann Van Zyl Dimension Data s.t.
110 Bernhard Eisel Dimension Data s.t.
111 Bradley Team Wiggins Team Wiggins s.t.
112 Maarten Wynants LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
113 Ian Stannard Sky s.t.
114 Russell Downing JLT-Condor s.t.
115 Jasper De Buyst Lotto - Soudal +1' 34''
116 Marco Coledan Trek-Segafredo +1' 44''
117 Michael Hepburn Orica-BikeExchange +1' 45''
118 Dylan Groenewegen LottoNL-Jumbo +0''
119 Robert Wagner LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
120 Danny van Poppel Sky s.t.
121 Juan José Lobato Movistar s.t.
122 Mark Cavendish Dimension Data s.t.
123 Elia Viviani Sky s.t.
124 Wouter Wippert Cannondale-Drapac s.t.

GC after Stage 1:

1 André Greipel Lotto-Soudal 3hr 52min 30sec
2 Jasper Bovenhuis An Post-Chainreaction @ 1sec
3 Caleb Ewan Orica-BikeExchange +4''
4 Pete Williams ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
5 Ramon Sinkeldam Giant-Alpecin +6''
6 Jonathan McEvoy NFTO +8''
7 Thomas Moses JLT-Condor +9''
8 Maximiliano Richeze Etixx-Quick Step +10''
9 Giacomo Nizzolo Trek-Segafredo s.t.
10 Nicola Ruffoni Bardiani-CSF s.t.
11 Steele Von Hoff ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
12 Christopher Latham Team Wiggins s.t.
13 Daniel McLay Great Britain s.t.
14 Jens Debusschere Lotto-Soudal s.t.
15 Paolo Simion Bardiani-CSF s.t.
16 Nicolas Vereecken An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
17 Domingos Gonçalves Caja Rural s.t.
18 Héctor Sáez Caja Rural s.t.
19 Oliver Wood Great Britain s.t.
20 Rick Zabel BMC s.t.
21 Alexandre Blain Madison Genesis s.t.
22 Dylan van Baarle Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
23 Diego Rubio Caja Rural s.t.
24 Ruben Zepuntke Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
25 Sebastian Langeveld Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
26 Jack Bauer Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
27 Gorka Izagirre Movistar s.t.
28 Wout Poels Sky s.t.
29 Tao Geoghegan Hart Great Britain s.t.
30 Steve Lampier JLT-Condor s.t.
31 Graham Briggs JLT-Condor s.t.
32 Boy van Poppel Trek-Segafredo s.t.
33 Liam Stones NFTO s.t.
34 Mathew Cronshaw Madison Genesis s.t.
35 Björn Thurau Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
36 Mark Renshaw Dimension Data s.t.
37 Adrien Costa Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
38 Edoardo Zardini Bardiani-CSF s.t.
39 Mark Stewart Great Britain s.t.
40 Erick Rowsell Madison Genesis s.t.
41 Matthew Holmes Madison Genesis s.t.
42 Guillaume Martin Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
43 Ian Bibby NFTO s.t.
44 Karol Domagalski ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
45 Jacob Scott An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
46 Xandro Meurisse Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
47 Jochem Hoekstra Giant-Alpecin s.t.
48 Lukasz Wisniowski Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
49 Daniel Pearson Team Wiggins s.t.
50 Adam Blythe Great Britain s.t.
51 Ben Swift Sky s.t.
52 Francesco Bongiorno Bardiani-CSF s.t.
53 Emiel Wastyn An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
54 Thomas Stewart Madison Genesis s.t.
55 Amaël Moinard BMC s.t.
56 Loïc Vliegen BMC s.t.
57 Ryan Mullen Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
58 Giovanni Viscont Movistar s.t.
59 Mark McNally Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
60 Tony Martin Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
61 Tom Dumoulin Giant-Alpecin s.t.
62 Roy Curvers Giant-Alpecin s.t.
63 Dion Smith ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
64 Nicolas Roche Sky s.t.
65 Miguel Ángel Benito Caja Rural s.t.
66 Alex Dowsett Movistar s.t.
67 Taylor Eisenhart BMC s.t.
68 Taylor Phinney BMC s.t.
69 Dale Appleby NFTO s.t.
70 Rohan Dennis BMC s.t.
71 Alistair Slater JLT-Condor s.t.
72 Edmund Bradbury NFTO s.t.
73 Amets Txurruka Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
74 Carlos Barbero Caja Rural s.t.
75 Jorge Arcas Movistar s.t.
76 Luka Mezgec Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
77 Conor Dunne JLT-Condor s.t.
78 Robert Power Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
79 Oliver Kent-Spark An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
80 Mark Christian Team Wiggins s.t.
81 Gabriel Cullaigh Great Britain s.t.
82 Hayden McCormick ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
83 Tony Gallopin Lotto - Soudal s.t.
84 Daniel Martin Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
85 Julien Vermote Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
86 Jon Dibben Team Wiggins s.t.
87 Alessandro Tonelli Bardiani-CSF s.t.
88 Marco Marcato Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
89 Rob Partridge NFTO s.t.
90 James Shaw Lotto - Soudal s.t.
91 Martijn Tusveld Giant-Alpecin s.t.
92 Jacopo Mosca Trek-Segafredo s.t.
93 Taylor Gunman Madison Genesis s.t.
94 Eugenio Alafaci Trek-Segafredo s.t.
95 Javier Moreno Movistar s.t.
96 Enrico Gasparotto Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
97 Steve Cummings Dimension Data s.t.
98 Owain Doull Team Wiggins s.t.
99 Kristian House ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
100 Nicola Boem Bardiani-CSF s.t.
101 Damien Shaw An Post-Chainreaction s.t.
102 Javier Aramendía Caja Rural s.t.
103 Paul Martens LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
104 Bert-Jan Lindeman LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
105 Marcel Sieberg Lotto - Soudal s.t.
106 Alexander Edmondson Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
107 Tom Leezer LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
108 Jay Thomson Dimension Data s.t.
109 Johann Van Zyl Dimension Data s.t.
110 Bernhard Eisel Dimension Data s.t.
111 Bradley Team Wiggins Team Wiggins s.t.
112 Maarten Wynants LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
113 Ian Stannard Sky s.t.
114 Russell Downing JLT-Condor s.t.
115 Dylan Groenewegen LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
116 Robert Wagner LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
117 Danny van Poppel Sky s.t.
118 Juan José Lobato Movistar s.t.
119 Mark Cavendish Dimension Data s.t.
120 Elia Viviani Sky s.t.
121 Wouter Wippert Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
122 Jasper De Buyst Lotto - Soudal +1' 44''
123 Marco Coledan Trek-Segafredo +1' 54''
124 Michael Hepburn Orica-BikeExchange +1' 55''