Cavendish gets off the mark in Dumfries

Manxman wins opening stage of Tour of Britain

When Mark Cavendish announced a week before the start of the Tour of Britain that he would be riding his national tour for the first time since 2007 it was probably not the news the other riders wanted to hear. When the opening stage finished in Dumfries, their worst fears were realised as the Manx Missile took the bunch finish with ease, with HTC teammate Mark Renshaw second.

Following his win, and wearing the IG Markets gold leaders' jersey, Cavendish was upbeat about his repeat performance of four years ago when he won the prologue to take the lead in the Tour of Britain.

"Its always incredible to win the first stage because you get also get the leader's jersey. We were up for it today but it was always going to be a hard day, with the weather anyway. If it was nice weather it would have been a lot faster, still probably the same result, but it would have been easier. Its been wicked here, all day. The crowds are spectacular especially considering the weather."

Although the safe money was on Cavendish to take the opening stage of the eighth Tour of Britain, a pair of riders decided they weren't going to make it easy for the rest of the peloton and Cavendish's HTC team in particular on the 106 mile stage.

Soon after the 95 rider field rolled out of the sleepy town of Peebles, Russell Hampton (Sigma Sport) and Pieter Ghyllebert (An Post-Sean Kelly) set off on a breakaway that would stay away until 10 miles before the finish. It was a brave move indeed, given that most of it was into a headwind in the rain.

The break, which earned home rider Hampton the Combativity award and his Belgian counterpart Ghyllebert the Yodel Sprints competition, got a maximum advantage of over six minutes before the bunch slowly, and painfully, dragged it back.

After the race Cavendish paid tribute to his team: "We had to ride with a few of our guys today but we had support from Sky and the guys did an incredible job to control the break. You know, then it was run of the mill stuff to set me up for the finish."

When the race did eventually finish in Dumfries it was 30 minutes down on schedule, testament to the strong winds, but perhaps nothing compared to the hurricane gusts that are predicted to disrupt tomorrow's stage from Kendal to Blackpool.

Asked how long he could keep the leader's jersey Cavendish replied, "Hopefully it will be a sprint again tomorrow. We could keep it for a good few days, but its harder to control with a six man team."

Cavendish, who pulled out of the Vuelta a Espana on stage four, will be using the eight-stage Tour of Britain as preparation for the world championships in Copenhagen, and post-race questions soon turned to the effectiveness of this race in that respect.

"It's actually good preparation because its likely to be raining and cold in Copenhagen - this has been perfect (today) because it favours me. I like this weather - I couldn't handle the Vuelta because it was too hot."

Despite being chuffed with his win today, Cavendish still had time for some straight talking: "Rabobank as usual came with everybody (at the finish line) after doing no work all day and tried to take over the lead out. But like I always say the best thing for me is having the whole team ride for me because it puts the pressure on me and I don't want to let them down."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC-Highroad4:41:06 
2Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Highroad  
3Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
4Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
5Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling  
6Robert Förster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
7Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling  
8Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
9Roger Hammond (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
10Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Endura Racing  
11Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling  
12Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky Procycling  
13Ian Bibby (GBr) Motorpoint  
14Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) Motorpoint  
15Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
16Boy Van Poppel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
17Andy Tennant (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp  
18Zak Dempster (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp  
19Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Leopard Trek  
20Chris Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
21Mark McNally (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly  
22Stijn Joseph (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
23Mathieu Claude (Fra) Team Europcar  
24Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp  
25Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team  
26Jan-Bert Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
27Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
28Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
29Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team Netapp  
30Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Team Netapp  
31Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky Procycling  
32Alex Rasmussen (Den) HTC-Highroad  
33Franck Bouyer (Fra) Team Europcar  
34Rory Sutherland (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
35Stephen Cummings (GBr) Sky Procycling  
36Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp  
37Julian Dean (NZl) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
38Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
39Simon Richardson (GBr) Sigma Sport - Specialized  
40Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
41Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) An Post - Sean Kelly  
42Richard Handley (GBr) Team Raleigh  
43Jack Bauer (NZl) Endura Racing  
44Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar  
45Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
46Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
47Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
48Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp  
49Alex Wetterall (Swe) Endura Racing  
50Paul Voss (Ger) Endura Racing  
51Bernhard Eisel (Aut) HTC-Highroad  
52Liam Holohan (GBr) Team Raleigh  
53Andrew Fenn (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly  
54Tobyn Horton (GBr) Motorpoint  
55Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team Netapp  
56Ronan McLaughlin (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly  
57Graham Briggs (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp  
58Wouter Sybrandy (Ned) Sigma Sport - Specialized  
59Leopold Koenig (Cze) Team Netapp  
60Joost Posthuma (Ned) Leopard Trek  
61Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar  
62Rene Mandri (Est) Endura Racing  
63Peter Williams (GBr) Motorpoint  
64Dominic Klemme (Ger) Leopard Trek  
65Thor Hushovd (Nor) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
66Dan Craven (Nam) Rapha Condor - Sharp  
67Dan Fleeman (GBr) Team Raleigh  
68Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
69Jonathan Tiernan Locke (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp  
70Iker Camano (Spa) Endura Racing0:00:18 
71Will Clarke (Aus) Leopard Trek  
72Matt Brammeier (Irl) HTC-Highroad0:00:21 
73Mark Cassidy (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly  
74Lars Bak (Den) HTC-Highroad  
75Willem Wauters (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:25 
76Jamie Sparling (Can) Team Raleigh  
77Rik Flens (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
78Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
79Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar  
80Russell Hampton (GBr) Sigma Sport - Specialized  
81Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) Motorpoint  
82Steve Lampier (GBr) Sigma Sport - Specialized0:00:33 
83Gael Le Bellec (Fra) Team Raleigh  
84Tom Last (GBr) Sigma Sport - Specialized  
85Karl Menzies (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
86James Sampson (GBr) Motorpoint  
87Jeroen Janssen (Ned) Team Raleigh  
88Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Leopard Trek0:01:02 
89Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:01:04 
90Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
91Dominique Cornu (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
92Tom Murray (GBr) Sigma Sport - Specialized  
93Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
94Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar0:01:42 
DNFJens Voigt (Ger) Leopard Trek  
Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC-Highroad15 pts
2Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Highroad14 
3Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team13 
4Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team12 
5Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling11 
6Robert Förster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling10 
7Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling9 
8Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team8 
9Roger Hammond (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo7 
10Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Endura Racing6 
11Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling5 
12Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky Procycling4 
13Ian Bibby (GBr) Motorpoint3 
14Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) Motorpoint2 
15Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator1 
Sprint 1 - Innerleithen, 4.5 mi
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly5 pts
2Russell Hampton (GBr) Sigma Sport - Specialized3 
3Peter Williams (GBr) Motorpoint2 
4Mark Cassidy (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly1 
Sprint 2 - Moffat, 44 mi
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly5 pts
2Russell Hampton (GBr) Sigma Sport - Specialized3 
3Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team2 
4Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling1 
Sprint 3 - Dumfries, 69.9 mi
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly5 pts
2Russell Hampton (GBr) Sigma Sport - Specialized3 
3Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling2 
4Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team1 
Mountain 1 - Megget Hill (Cat 3), 23.9 mi
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Russell Hampton (GBr) Sigma Sport - Specialized4 pts
2Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly3 
3Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky Procycling2 
4Alex Rasmussen (Den) HTC-Highroad1 
Mountain 2 - Devil's Beef Tub (Cat 3), 37 mi
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Russell Hampton (GBr) Sigma Sport - Specialized4 pts
2Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly3 
3Stephen Cummings (GBr) Sky Procycling2 
4Alex Rasmussen (Den) HTC-Highroad1 
Mountain 3 - Banks Hill (Cat 3), 87.1 mi
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Russell Hampton (GBr) Sigma Sport - Specialized4 pts
2Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly3 
3Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky Procycling2 
4Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling1 
Combativity Award
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Russell Hampton (GBr) Sigma Sport - Specialized  
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sky ProCycling14:03:18 
2HTC Highroad  
3Rabobank  
4UnitedHealthcare  
5Team Garmin - Cervelo  
6Vacansoleil - DCM  
7Motorpoint  
8Topsport Vlaanderen  
9Rapha Condor - Sharp  
10Team NetApp  
11Team Europcar  
12Endura Racing  
13An Post - Sean Kelly  
14Leopard Trek  
15Team Raleigh  
16Sigma Sport-Specialised0:00:25 
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC-Highroad4:40:56 
2Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Highroad0:00:04 
3Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:06 
4Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:09 
5Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling  
6Peter Williams (GBr) Motorpoint  
7Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:10 
8Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling  
9Robert Förster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
10Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling  
11Roger Hammond (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
12Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Endura Racing  
13Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky Procycling  
14Ian Bibby (GBr) Motorpoint  
15Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) Motorpoint  
16Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
17Boy Van Poppel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
18Andy Tennant (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp  
19Zak Dempster (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp  
20Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Leopard Trek  
21Chris Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
22Mark McNally (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly  
23Stijn Joseph (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
24Mathieu Claude (Fra) Team Europcar  
25Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp  
26Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team  
27Jan-Bert Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
28Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
29Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
30Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team Netapp  
31Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Team Netapp  
32Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky Procycling  
33Alex Rasmussen (Den) HTC-Highroad  
34Franck Bouyer (Fra) Team Europcar  
35Rory Sutherland (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
36Stephen Cummings (GBr) Sky Procycling  
37Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp  
38Julian Dean (NZl) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
39Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
40Simon Richardson (GBr) Sigma Sport - Specialized  
41Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
42Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) An Post - Sean Kelly  
43Richard Handley (GBr) Team Raleigh  
44Jack Bauer (NZl) Endura Racing  
45Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar  
46Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
47Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
48Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
49Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp  
50Alex Wetterall (Swe) Endura Racing  
51Paul Voss (Ger) Endura Racing  
52Liam Holohan (GBr) Team Raleigh  
53Andrew Fenn (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly  
54Tobyn Horton (GBr) Motorpoint  
55Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team Netapp  
56Ronan McLaughlin (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly  
57Graham Briggs (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp  
58Wouter Sybrandy (Ned) Sigma Sport - Specialized  
59Leopold Koenig (Cze) Team Netapp  
60Joost Posthuma (Ned) Leopard Trek  
61Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar  
62Rene Mandri (Est) Endura Racing  
63Dominic Klemme (Ger) Leopard Trek  
64Thor Hushovd (Nor) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
65Dan Craven (Nam) Rapha Condor - Sharp  
66Dan Fleeman (GBr) Team Raleigh  
67Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
68Jonathan Tiernan Locke (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp  
69Bernhard Eisel (Aut) HTC-Highroad0:00:20 
70Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly0:00:26 
71Iker Camano (Spa) Endura Racing0:00:28 
72Will Clarke (Aus) Leopard Trek  
73Russell Hampton (GBr) Sigma Sport - Specialized0:00:29 
74Matt Brammeier (Irl) HTC-Highroad0:00:31 
75Mark Cassidy (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly  
76Lars Bak (Den) HTC-Highroad  
77Willem Wauters (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:35 
78Jamie Sparling (Can) Team Raleigh  
79Rik Flens (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
80Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar  
81Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) Motorpoint  
82Steve Lampier (GBr) Sigma Sport - Specialized0:00:43 
83Gael Le Bellec (Fra) Team Raleigh  
84Tom Last (GBr) Sigma Sport - Specialized  
85Karl Menzies (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
86James Sampson (GBr) Motorpoint  
87Jeroen Janssen (Ned) Team Raleigh  
88Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Leopard Trek0:01:12 
89Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:01:14 
90Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
91Dominique Cornu (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
92Tom Murray (GBr) Sigma Sport - Specialized  
93Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
94Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar0:01:52 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC-Highroad15 pts
2Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Highroad14 
3Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team13 
4Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team12 
5Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling11 
6Robert Förster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling10 
7Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling9 
8Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team8 
9Roger Hammond (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo7 
10Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Endura Racing6 
11Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling5 
12Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky Procycling4 
13Ian Bibby (GBr) Motorpoint3 
14Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) Motorpoint2 
15Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator1 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Russell Hampton (GBr) Sigma Sport - Specialized12 pts
2Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly9 
3Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky Procycling2 
4Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky Procycling2 
5Alex Rasmussen (Den) HTC-Highroad2 
6Stephen Cummings (GBr) Sky Procycling2 
7Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling1 
Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly15 pts
2Russell Hampton (GBr) Sigma Sport - Specialized9 
3Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team3 
4Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling3 
5Peter Williams (GBr) Motorpoint2 
6Mark Cassidy (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly1 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sky ProCycling14:03:18 
2HTC Highroad  
3Rabobank  
4UnitedHealthcare  
5Team Garmin - Cervelo  
6Vacansoleil - DCM  
7Motorpoint  
8Topsport Vlaanderen  
9Rapha Condor - Sharp  
10Team NetApp  
11Team Europcar  
12Endura Racing  
13An Post - Sean Kelly  
14Leopard Trek  
15Team Raleigh  
16Sigma Sport-Specialised0:00:25 

 

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