Tour de Yorkshire: Voeckler claims stage and overall win

Frenchman out-sprints Roche in Scarborough

Thomas Voeckler (Direct Energie) outfoxed and outfought Nicolas Roche (Team Sky) to win the final stage and the overall at the Tour de Yorkshire.

The two riders came together come into the finish town of Scarborough after breaking away on the final climb of an extremely hilly stage. Adam Yates (Orica-GreenEdge), Steven Kruiswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Anthony Turgis (Cofidis) were with them going onto the sharp climb up to Oliver’s Mount, which overlooks Scarborough.

When Roche attacked, it initially appeared that no one would be able to respond to the Irishman. But Voeckler eventually jumped away from the other three and bridged up to the Sky man on the descent.

With 5km to the line and the chasing trio just a handful of seconds in arrears, the pair collaborated as the course shot them down to the seafront and onto the spectacular sweep of Marine Drive around the foot of Scarborough Castle to the finish.

With 1,200 metres left, Voeckler decided he had done enough work on the front and sat on Roche’s wheel, glancing back regularly to check that their advantage was holding. With 300 metres to the line, Voeckler attacked and immediately gapped Roche. The Irishman tried to respond. But, after losing out to Sky’s Lars-Petter Nordhaug last year, the French veteran wasn’t about to allow one of the Norwegian’s teammates deny him once again.

The stage win and the bonus seconds were enough to hand the overall title to Voeckler, with Roche finishing second overall at six seconds. Turgis, the other Frenchman in the five-man break, took third place overall, with Yates the leading Briton in fourth.

How it unfolded

By far the toughest test of the three-day race, the final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire was made even more difficult by a viciously gusting wind and, for the first half of the day, persistent rain. The break went early and featured Liam Holohan (WIGGINS), Nathan Haas (Dimension Data), Loïc Chetout (Cofidis), Chris Opie (ONE Pro Cycling), Marco Haller (Katusha), Matt Cronshaw (Madison-Genesis), Nick van der Lijke (Roompot), Maxime Farazijn (Topsport Vlaanderen), Gabriel Cullaigh and Ian Wilkinson (both Great Britain).

Haas, relishing life with Dimension Data, made the most of the narrow advantage the break held for the first half of the stage, taking maximum points on the first-cat climb of Sutton Bank and second-cat Blakey Ridge. This was enough to give the Australian the King of the Mountains title.

The break was swept up approaching the third climb, another first-cat hill coming out of Grosmont. Team Sky took control of the bunch just before it, with Andy Fenn and then Pete Kennaugh fulfilling teammate Luke Rowe’s pre-stage promise that they would make the stage very hard. Kennaugh was particulary strong, gapping the peloton as he led out of Grosmont.

As the peloton emerged onto the open moorland and into a cross-wind, Sky piled on the power at the front, causing a series of echelons to form behind them. The first few groups came back together, but the concertina effect continued as Sky took every opportunity to shed riders from the lead group.

Coming out of Robin Hood’s Bay, Kennaugh finally cracked, but teammates Rowe and Gianni Moscon were ready to take over. Their pressure reduced the front group to less than 20 riders, but Giant-Alpecin’s Nikias Arndt, lying third overall and now leader on the road, was still there going onto the penultimate categorised climb of Harwood Dale.

Far quicker than anyone else in the group, Arndt responded well to Moscon’s initial acceleration on the climb. But the German was not able to follow when Roche delivered a blistering acceleration. In fact, Yates was the only rider initially able to follow.

Kruijswijk clawed his way up to them, then French duo Voeckler and Turgis joined forces and bridged up to the three leaders with 18 kilometres remaining. Arndt made a valiant solo bid to cross the gap, but eventually slipped back to the second group, which was a minute back and well out of contention as the final climb of Oliver’s Mount loomed.

The strongest on the climbs, Roche got a gap here once again, but the Irishman failed to see off Voeckler, who made his racing experience and, crucially, his knowledge of the final run-in count.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie4:51:57 
2Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky  
3Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge0:00:09 
4Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
5Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
6Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky0:00:41 
7Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky  
8Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Orica-GreenEdge0:01:09 
9Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
10Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin  
11Dion Smith (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling  
12Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data  
13Thomas Stewart (GBr) Madison Genesis  
14Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
15Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Team Katusha  
16Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie  
17Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Team Katusha  
18Mark Christian (GBr) Team WIGGINS0:01:53 
19Matthew Holmes (GBr) Madison Genesis  
20Joseph Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing Team0:01:58 
21Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:04:07 
22Stephen Williams (GBr) JLT Condor0:05:56 
23Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Team Katusha0:08:13 
24Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky0:09:11 
25Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data0:09:20 
26Steven Lampier (GBr) JLT Condor  
27Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:10:07 
28Erick Rowsell (GBr) Madison Genesis0:12:32 
29Johann Van Zyl (RSA) Dimension Data  
30Karol Domagalski (Pol) ONE Pro Cycling  
31Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Team Raleigh Gac  
32Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
33Timo Roosen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
34Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-GreenEdge  
35Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie  
36Alistair Slater (GBr) JLT Condor  
37Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky  
38Graham Briggs (GBr) JLT Condor0:18:21 
39Russell Downing (GBr) JLT Condor  
40Huub Duyn (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
41Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
42Nils Politt (Ger) Team Katusha  
43Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
44Floris Gerfs (Ned) BMC Racing Team  
45Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha  
46Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
47Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
48Primož Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
49Mekseb Debesay (Eri) Dimension Data  
50Richard Handley (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling  
51Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Direct Energie  
52Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie  
53Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
54Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data  
55Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
56Michael Morkov (Den) Team Katusha  
57Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
58Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:20:57 
59Maxime Farazijn (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
60Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
61Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin  
62Peter Williams (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling  
63Sebastian Mora Vedri (Spa) Team Raleigh Gac  
64Gabriel Cullaigh (GBr) GBR  
65Adrià Moreno Sala (Spa) Team Raleigh Gac  
66André Looij (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
67Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
68Ivar Slik (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
69Wesley Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
70Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky  
71Alexandre Blain (Fra) Madison Genesis  
72Joshua Edmondson (GBr) NFTO  
73Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
74Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
75Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data  
76Carter Jones (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin  
77Alexander Edmonson (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
78Thomas Moses (GBr) JLT Condor  
79Grant Ferguson (GBr) GBR  
80Dale Appleby (GBr) NFTO  
81Robert Wagner (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
82Christopher Lawless (GBr) JLT Condor  
83James Oram (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling  
84Martin Mortensen (Den) ONE Pro Cycling  
85Jens Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
86Daniel Patten (GBr) Team WIGGINS  
87Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) ONE Pro Cycling  
88King Lok Cheung (HKg) Orica-GreenEdge  
89Liam Holohan (GBr) Team WIGGINS  
DNFAndrew Fenn (GBr) Team Sky  
DNFXabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Team Sky  
DNFJeremy Cornu (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFBrian Nauleau (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFSamuel Lowe (GBr) Team WIGGINS  
DNFMichael O'loughlin (Irl) Team WIGGINS  
DNFAndrew Tennant (GBr) Team WIGGINS  
DNFCaleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
DNFLuka Mezgec (Slo) Orica-GreenEdge  
DNFMark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data  
DNFLoïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFChris Opie (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling  
DNFMathew Cronshaw (GBr) Madison Genesis  
DNFTaylor Karl Gunman (NZl) Madison Genesis  
DNFGruffudd Lewis (GBr) Madison Genesis  
DNFTristan Robbins (GBr) Madison Genesis  
DNFFredrik Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Alpecin  
DNFLars Van Der Haar (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
DNFConor Dunne (Irl) JLT Condor  
DNFMarc Demaar (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
DNFBarry Markus (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
DNFIan Bibby (GBr) NFTO  
DNFEdmund Bradbury (GBr) NFTO  
DNFRhys Lloyd (GBr) NFTO  
DNFJames Lowsley Williams (GBr) NFTO  
DNFJonathan Mcevoy (GBr) NFTO  
DNFRobert Partridge (GBr) NFTO  
DNFAimé Degendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFRuben Pols (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFStijn Steels (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFJef Van Meirhaeghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFAlbert Torres Barcelo (Spa) Team Raleigh Gac  
DNFRichard Hepworth (GBr) Team Raleigh Gac  
DNFMorgan Kneisky (Fra) Team Raleigh Gac  
DNFEvan Oliphant (GBr) Team Raleigh Gac  
DNFGeorge Pym (GBr) Team Raleigh Gac  
DNFOliver Wood (GBr) GBR  
DNFFrazer Clacherty (GBr) GBR  
DNFJoseph Fry (GBr) GBR  
DNFIain Paton (GBr) GBR  
DNFMark Stewart (GBr) GBR  
DNFIan Wilkinson (GBr) GBR  
Final General Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie13:05:16 
2Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky0:00:06 
3Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:16 
4Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge0:00:17 
5Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:00:21 
6Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky0:00:52 
7Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky0:00:53 
8Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin0:01:13 
9Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data0:01:20 
10Dion Smith (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling0:01:21 
11Thomas Stewart (GBr) Madison Genesis  
12Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
13Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Team Katusha  
14Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Team Katusha  
15Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie  
16Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Orica-GreenEdge  
17Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
18Mark Christian (GBr) Team WIGGINS0:02:05 
19Matthew Holmes (GBr) Madison Genesis  
20Joseph Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing Team0:02:10 
21Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:04:19 
22Stephen Williams (GBr) JLT Condor0:06:08 
23Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Team Katusha0:08:25 
24Steven Lampier (GBr) JLT Condor0:09:32 
25Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data  
26Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky0:10:01 
27Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:10:19 
28Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie0:12:44 
29Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-GreenEdge  
30Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Team Raleigh Gac  
31Karol Domagalski (Pol) ONE Pro Cycling  
32Erick Rowsell (GBr) Madison Genesis  
33Alistair Slater (GBr) JLT Condor  
34Johann Van Zyl (RSA) Dimension Data  
35Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
36Timo Roosen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:13:16 
37Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky0:16:25 
38Richard Handley (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling0:18:32 
39Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
40Floris Gerfs (Ned) BMC Racing Team0:18:33 
41Russell Downing (GBr) JLT Condor  
42Huub Duyn (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
43Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
44Primož Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
45Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
46Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Direct Energie  
47Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
48Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
49Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha0:18:59 
50Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:19:09 
51Michael Morkov (Den) Team Katusha0:19:19 
52Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie0:19:45 
53Mekseb Debesay (Eri) Dimension Data0:19:53 
54Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:19:56 
55Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:20:53 
56Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky0:20:59 
57Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data0:21:06 
58Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:21:09 
59Christopher Lawless (GBr) JLT Condor  
60Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
61Maxime Farazijn (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
62Wesley Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
63Alexandre Blain (Fra) Madison Genesis  
64Dale Appleby (GBr) NFTO  
65Gabriel Cullaigh (GBr) GBR  
66Thomas Moses (GBr) JLT Condor  
67Robert Wagner (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
68Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
69Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
70James Oram (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling  
71Liam Holohan (GBr) Team WIGGINS  
72Martin Mortensen (Den) ONE Pro Cycling  
73Nils Politt (Ger) Team Katusha0:21:27 
74Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data0:21:28 
75Adrià Moreno Sala (Spa) Team Raleigh Gac0:22:21 
76Joshua Edmondson (GBr) NFTO  
77Carter Jones (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin0:24:04 
78Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin  
79Sebastian Mora Vedri (Spa) Team Raleigh Gac0:24:18 
80Ivar Slik (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton0:24:21 
81Peter Williams (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling0:25:33 
82Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) ONE Pro Cycling0:26:21 
83Alexander Edmonson (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:26:52 
84Jens Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
85King Lok Cheung (Chn) Orica-GreenEdge0:28:51 
86Grant Ferguson (GBr) GBR0:29:35 
87André Looij (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton0:31:53 
88Graham Briggs (GBr) JLT Condor0:40:44 
89Daniel Patten (GBr) Team WIGGINS0:42:59 
Points Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo27 pts
2Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky21 
3Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin19 
4Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie18 
5Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits15 
6Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky12 
7Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge9 
8Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie7 
9Christopher Lawless (GBr) JLT Condor7 
10Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo6 
Mountains Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data7 pts
2Richard Handley (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling7 
3Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky7 
4Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data5 
5Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky5 
6Peter Williams (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling5 
7Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky5 
8Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky3 
9Jens Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise3 
10Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge2 

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