Tour de Yorkshire: Nordhaug wins opener in Scarborough

Norwegian wins from group of five

Lars Petter Nordhaug (Team Sky) won the opening stage at the Tour de Yorkshire in Scarborough on Friday. The Norwegian was a part of a five-rider breakaway that made it to the finish line where he out sprinted his rivals. Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) finished second in the sprint and Stephane Rossetto (Cofidis) was third.
 
Nordhaug pulled on the first leader's jersey of the race following his stage win. He heads into the second stage on Saturday with a four-second lead over Voeckler and six seconds on Rossetto.

Marcel Kittel (Giant-Alpecin) made his return to racing at the Tour de Yorkshire after suffering from illness in the early season. However, the German sprinter abandoned the race after roughly 100km. Another pre-race favourite, Ben Swift (Team Sky) also abandoned the race after he crashed inside the final 60 kilometres of racing.

Meanwhile Bradley Wiggins (WIGGINS) made it safely through the opening day of racing as part of his new development team but he languished in 96th place, almost 15 minutes down on his former teammate, Nordhaug.

How it unfolded

The inaugural Tour de Yorkshire rolled out on Friday from the coastal town of Bridlington under blue skies and fresh spring air carried over from the North Sea. The race, built as part of the grand depart’s legacy from 2014, saw 18 teams rollout and head towards a demanding 174 kilometre route through some of the county’s most demanding terrain.

It wasn’t long before the day’s first break sauntered clear with Mark Christian (WIGGINS), Loïc Chetout (Cofidis), Eddie Dunbar (NFTO), Mark Stewart (Madison Genesis) and Rasmus Quaade (Cult Energy Pro Cycling) establishing a near five-minute lead.

Team Sky were unwilling to let leaders build anything that would threaten the early overall complexion of the race and they quickly set about reducing the deficit and by the time the five-man break had reached the 90 kilometre point and the foot of the Côte de Rosedale the gap had been reduced to just a few seconds.

Pierrick Quéméneur (EUC) was the next rider to try his luck and he was quickly joined by Tim Declercq (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise). Kittel, by this point was already struggling having been dropped on the previous climb and as the leading pair moved 40 seconds clear of the field Kittel’s position only began to worsen. He navigated through the team cars, alone and cut off from his teammates, before finally giving up.

The German wasn’t the only rider to leave the race. On the wet descent into Egton with just over 50 kilometres to go Swift was involved in a heavy fall that took out a number of riders. 
The crucial move was soon to come with 40 kilometres to go as the race headed into Whitby. First a 15-man break moved clear containing the eventual winning break.

It was Deignan who put the hammer down on the summit of the Côte de Robin Hood’s Bay after 145km with only Voecker, Nordhaug, Rossetto and Sanchez able to respond.

By the time they reached the finish line they had over a minute on the chasing peloton and Sky made their advantage pay, responding to a late attacks with their own accelerations but the quintet could not be separated until the line, with Nordhaug timing his sprint perfectly in the blustery conditions.

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Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky4:22:38 
2Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Europcar  
3Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
4Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Esp) BMC Racing  
5Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky  
6Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing0:01:10 
7Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
8Erick Rowsell (GBr) Madison Genesis  
9Richard Handley (GBr) JLT Condor  
10Huub Duijn (Ned) Team Roompot  
11Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing0:01:13 
12David Lopez Garcia (Esp) Team Sky  
13Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka  
14Scott Davies (GBr) Great Britain  
15Stephen Cummings (GBr) MTN - Qhubeka  
16Russell Downing (GBr) Cult Energy Pro Cycling0:02:21 
17Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
18Joseph Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing  
19Karol Domagalski (Pol) Raleigh  
20Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
21Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
22Steven Lampier (GBr) Raleigh  
23Mike Teunissen (Ned) Lotto NL- Jumbo  
24Alex Kirsch (Lux) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
25Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Europcar  
26Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky  
27Gustav Larsson (Swe) Cult Energy Pro Cycling0:02:23 
28Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Giant-Alpecin0:03:39 
29Thomas Boudat (Fra) Europcar  
30Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Raleigh  
31Moreno Hofland (Ned) Lotto NL- Jumbo  
32Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
33Gabriel Cullaigh (GBr) Great Britain  
34Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) One Pro Cycling  
35Jesper Asselman (Ned) Team Roompot  
36Robert Partridge (GBr) NFTO  
37Berden De Vries (Ned) Team Roompot  
38Joel Zangerle (Lux) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
39Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Lotto NL- Jumbo  
40Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
41Steele von Hoff (Aus) NFTO  
42Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
43George Harper (GBr) One Pro Cycling  
44Kristian House (GBr) JLT Condor  
45Martin Mortensen (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
46Vicente Reynes Mimo (Esp) IAM Cycling  
47Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Great Britain  
48Yannick Martinez (Fra) Europcar  
49Michael Thompson (GBr) Team WIGGINS  
50Loïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
51Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
52Karel Hnik (Cze) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
53Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka  
54Simon Pellaud (Sui) IAM Cycling  
55Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Giant-Alpecin  
56Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing  
57Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing  
58Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
59Michael Cuming (GBr) JLT Condor  
60Thomas Degand (Bel) IAM Cycling  
61Michael James Northey (NZl) Madison Genesis  
62Thomas Stewart (GBr) Madison Genesis  
63Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) NFTO  
64Patrick Schelling (Sui) IAM Cycling  
65Ian Bibby (GBr) NFTO  
66Liam Holohan (GBr) Madison Genesis  
67Mark Christian (GBr) Team WIGGINS  
68Owain Doull (GBr) Team WIGGINS0:07:10 
69Thomas Scully (NZl) Madison Genesis  
70Yanto Barker (GBr) One Pro Cycling  
71Nick Dougall (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka0:13:57 
72Harry Tanfield (GBr) JLT Condor  
73Iain Paton (GBr) Team WIGGINS  
74Evan Oliphant (GBr) Raleigh  
75Peter Williams (GBr) One Pro Cycling  
76Lawson Craddock (USA) Giant-Alpecin0:14:41 
77Rasmus Christian Quaade (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
78Stijn Steels (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
79Matt Brammeier (Irl) MTN - Qhubeka0:14:52 
80Luke Grivell-Mellor (GBr) JLT Condor  
81Bradley Morgan (GBr) Raleigh  
82Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing  
83Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Giant-Alpecin  
84Cyril Gautier (Fra) Europcar  
85Tobyn Horton (GBr) Madison Genesis  
86Maarten Wynants (Bel) Lotto NL- Jumbo  
87Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) IAM Cycling  
88Bert De Backer (Bel) Giant-Alpecin  
89James McLaughlin (GBr) Madison Genesis  
90Robert Wagner (Ger) Lotto NL- Jumbo  
91Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling  
92Jake Kelly (GBr) Great Britain  
93Dan Craven Nam Europcar  
94Joshua Hunt (GBr) One Pro Cycling  
95Christopher Lawless (GBr) Team WIGGINS  
96Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team WIGGINS  
97Nathan Earle (Aus) Team Sky  
98Olivier Wood (GBr) Great Britain  
99Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky  
100Andrew Tennant (GBr) Team WIGGINS  
101Tony Hurel (Fra) Europcar  
102Dexter Gardias (GBr) One Pro Cycling0:16:40 
103Ivar Slik (Ned) Team Roompot  
104James Lowsley Williams (GBr) NFTO  
105André Looij (Ned) Team Roompot  
106Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team Roompot  
107Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka  
108Etienne Van Empel (Ned) Team Roompot  
109Tom Barras (GBr) NFTO  
110Timo Roosen (Ned) Lotto NL- Jumbo  
111Andrew Hawdon (GBr) Raleigh  
112Amaury Capiot (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
113Dominique Rollin (Can) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
114Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Europcar  
115Barry Markus (Ned) Lotto NL- Jumbo  
116Wesley Kreder (Ned) Team Roompot  
117Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling  
118Dale Appleby (GBr) NFTO  
119Calvin Beneke (RSA) Raleigh  
120Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Raleigh  
121Christopher Latham (GBr) Great Britain0:16:43 
122Moreno De Pauw (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
123Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Lotto NL- Jumbo  
124Mark McNally (GBr) Madison Genesis  
125Thomas Moses (GBr) JLT Condor  
126Edward Clancy (GBr) JLT Condor  
127Germain Burton (GBr) Great Britain  
128Mark Stewart (GBr) Great Britain  
129Christopher Sutton (Aus) Team Sky  
130Chris Opie (GBr) One Pro Cycling  
131Marc Hester (Den) One Pro Cycling  
132Graham Briggs (GBr) JLT Condor  
DNFEddie Dunbar (Irl) NFTO  
DNFRomain Lemarchand (Fra) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
DNFYohan Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFJonas Rickaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNSCaleb Fairly (USA) Giant-Alpecin  
DNFMarcel Kittel (Ger) Giant-Alpecin  
DNFBen Swift (GBr) Team Sky  
DNFSteven Burke (GBr) Team WIGGINS  
Sprint 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Loïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits5 pts
2Rasmus Christian Quaade (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling3 
3Thomas Stewart (GBr) Madison Genesis1 
Sprint 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Europcar5 pts
2Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits3 
3George Harper (GBr) One Pro Cycling1 
Finish
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky15 pts
2Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Europcar12 
3Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits9 
4Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Esp) BMC Racing7 
5Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky6 
6Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing5 
7Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits4 
8Erick Rowsell (GBr) Madison Genesis3 
9Richard Handley (GBr) JLT Condor2 
10Huub Duijn (Ned) Team Roompot1 
Mountain 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Eddie Dunbar (Irl) NFTO5 pts
2Thomas Stewart (GBr) Madison Genesis3 
3Mark Christian (GBr) Team WIGGINS2 
4Loïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits1 
Mountain 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Eddie Dunbar (Irl) NFTO5 pts
2Thomas Stewart (GBr) Madison Genesis3 
3Mark Christian (GBr) Team WIGGINS2 
4Loïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits1 
Mountain 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Europcar5 pts
2Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise3 
3David Lopez Garcia (Esp) Team Sky2 
4Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Esp) BMC Racing1 
Mountain 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Europcar5 pts
2Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits3 
3George Harper (GBr) One Pro Cycling2 
4Thomas Stewart (GBr) Madison Genesis1 
Mountain 5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Esp) BMC Racing5 pts
2Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky3 
3Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Europcar2 
4Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky1 
Most aggressive
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Europcar  
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky4:22:28 
2Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Europcar0:00:04 
3Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:06 
4Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Esp) BMC Racing0:00:10 
5Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky  
6Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:18 
7Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing0:01:20 
8Erick Rowsell (GBr) Madison Genesis  
9Richard Handley (GBr) JLT Condor  
10Huub Duijn (Ned) Team Roompot  
11Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing0:01:23 
12David Lopez Garcia (Esp) Team Sky  
13Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka  
14Scott Davies (GBr) Great Britain  
15Stephen Cummings (GBr) MTN - Qhubeka  
16Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Europcar0:02:28 
17Russell Downing (GBr) Cult Energy Pro Cycling0:02:31 
18Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
19Joseph Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing  
20Karol Domagalski (Pol) Raleigh  
21Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
22Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
23Steven Lampier (GBr) Raleigh  
24Mike Teunissen (Ned) Lotto NL- Jumbo  
25Alex Kirsch (Lux) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
26Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky  
27Gustav Larsson (Swe) Cult Energy Pro Cycling0:02:33 
28Loïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:03:46 
29George Harper (GBr) One Pro Cycling0:03:48 
30Thomas Stewart (GBr) Madison Genesis  
31Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Giant-Alpecin0:03:49 
32Thomas Boudat (Fra) Europcar  
33Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Raleigh  
34Moreno Hofland (Ned) Lotto NL- Jumbo  
35Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
36Gabriel Cullaigh (GBr) Great Britain  
37Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) One Pro Cycling  
38Jesper Asselman (Ned) Team Roompot  
39Robert Partridge (GBr) NFTO  
40Berden De Vries (Ned) Team Roompot  
41Joel Zangerle (Lux) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
42Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Lotto NL- Jumbo  
43Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
44Steele von Hoff (Aus) NFTO  
45Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
46Kristian House (GBr) JLT Condor  
47Martin Mortensen (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
48Vicente Reynes Mimo (Esp) IAM Cycling  
49Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Great Britain  
50Yannick Martinez (Fra) Europcar  
51Michael Thompson (GBr) Team WIGGINS  
52Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
53Karel Hnik (Cze) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
54Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka  
55Simon Pellaud (Sui) IAM Cycling  
56Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Giant-Alpecin  
57Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing  
58Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing  
59Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
60Michael Cuming (GBr) JLT Condor  
61Thomas Degand (Bel) IAM Cycling  
62Michael James Northey (NZl) Madison Genesis  
63Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) NFTO  
64Patrick Schelling (Sui) IAM Cycling  
65Ian Bibby (GBr) NFTO  
66Liam Holohan (GBr) Madison Genesis  
67Mark Christian (GBr) Team WIGGINS  
68Owain Doull (GBr) Team WIGGINS0:07:20 
69Thomas Scully (NZl) Madison Genesis  
70Yanto Barker (GBr) One Pro Cycling  
71Nick Dougall (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka0:14:07 
72Harry Tanfield (GBr) JLT Condor  
73Iain Paton (GBr) Team WIGGINS  
74Evan Oliphant (GBr) Raleigh  
75Peter Williams (GBr) One Pro Cycling  
76Rasmus Christian Quaade (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling0:14:49 
77Lawson Craddock (USA) Giant-Alpecin0:14:51 
78Stijn Steels (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
79Matt Brammeier (Irl) MTN - Qhubeka0:15:02 
80Luke Grivell-Mellor (GBr) JLT Condor  
81Bradley Morgan (GBr) Raleigh  
82Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing  
83Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Giant-Alpecin  
84Cyril Gautier (Fra) Europcar  
85Tobyn Horton (GBr) Madison Genesis  
86Maarten Wynants (Bel) Lotto NL- Jumbo  
87Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) IAM Cycling  
88Bert De Backer (Bel) Giant-Alpecin  
89James McLaughlin (GBr) Madison Genesis  
90Robert Wagner (Ger) Lotto NL- Jumbo  
91Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling  
92Jake Kelly (GBr) Great Britain  
93Dan Craven Nam Europcar  
94Joshua Hunt (GBr) One Pro Cycling  
95Christopher Lawless (GBr) Team WIGGINS  
96Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team WIGGINS  
97Nathan Earle (Aus) Team Sky  
98Olivier Wood (GBr) Great Britain  
99Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky  
100Andrew Tennant (GBr) Team WIGGINS  
101Tony Hurel (Fra) Europcar  
102Dexter Gardias (GBr) One Pro Cycling0:16:50 
103Ivar Slik (Ned) Team Roompot  
104James Lowsley Williams (GBr) NFTO  
105André Looij (Ned) Team Roompot  
106Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team Roompot  
107Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka  
108Etienne Van Empel (Ned) Team Roompot  
109Tom Barras (GBr) NFTO  
110Timo Roosen (Ned) Lotto NL- Jumbo  
111Andrew Hawdon (GBr) Raleigh  
112Amaury Capiot (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
113Dominique Rollin (Can) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
114Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Europcar  
115Barry Markus (Ned) Lotto NL- Jumbo  
116Wesley Kreder (Ned) Team Roompot  
117Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling  
118Dale Appleby (GBr) NFTO  
119Calvin Beneke (RSA) Raleigh  
120Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Raleigh  
121Christopher Latham (GBr) Great Britain0:16:53 
122Moreno De Pauw (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
123Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Lotto NL- Jumbo  
124Mark McNally (GBr) Madison Genesis  
125Thomas Moses (GBr) JLT Condor  
126Edward Clancy (GBr) JLT Condor  
127Germain Burton (GBr) Great Britain  
128Mark Stewart (GBr) Great Britain  
129Christopher Sutton (Aus) Team Sky  
130Chris Opie (GBr) One Pro Cycling  
131Marc Hester (Den) One Pro Cycling  
132Graham Briggs (GBr) JLT Condor  
Point classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky15 pts
2Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Europcar12 
3Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits9 
4Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Esp) BMC Racing7 
5Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits7 
6Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky6 
7Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Europcar5 
8Loïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits5 
9Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing5 
10Erick Rowsell (GBr) Madison Genesis3 
11Rasmus Christian Quaade (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling3 
12Richard Handley (GBr) JLT Condor2 
13Huub Duijn (Ned) Team Roompot1 
14George Harper (GBr) One Pro Cycling1 
15Thomas Stewart (GBr) Madison Genesis1 
Mountain classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Europcar10 pts
2Thomas Stewart (GBr) Madison Genesis7 
3Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Esp) BMC Racing6 
4Mark Christian (GBr) Team WIGGINS4 
5Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky3 
6Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits3 
7Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise3 
8Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Europcar2 
9David Lopez Garcia (Esp) Team Sky2 
10Loïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits2 
11George Harper (GBr) One Pro Cycling2 
12Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky1 

 

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