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Tour of Britain 2011

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September 11-18, 2011

September 11, Stage 1: Peebles - Dumfries 170km

Cavendish gets off the mark in Dumfries

By:
Rob Lampard
Published:
September 11, 2011, 15:22 BST,
Updated:
September 12, 2011, 8:28 BST

Manxman wins opening stage of Tour of Britain

Mark Cavendish easily wins the sprint on the Tour of Britain's first stage.

Mark Cavendish easily wins the sprint on the Tour of Britain's first stage.

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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) Team Result
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC-Highroad 4:41:06  
2 Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Highroad    
3 Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
4 Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
5 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling    
6 Robert Förster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling    
7 Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling    
8 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
9 Roger Hammond (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
10 Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Endura Racing    
11 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling    
12 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky Procycling    
13 Ian Bibby (GBr) Motorpoint    
14 Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) Motorpoint    
15 Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
16 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling    
17 Andy Tennant (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp    
18 Zak Dempster (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp    
19 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Leopard Trek    
20 Chris Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling    
21 Mark McNally (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly    
22 Stijn Joseph (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
23 Mathieu Claude (Fra) Team Europcar    
24 Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp    
25 Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team    
26 Jan-Bert Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
27 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
28 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
29 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team Netapp    
30 Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Team Netapp    
31 Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky Procycling    
32 Alex Rasmussen (Den) HTC-Highroad    
33 Franck Bouyer (Fra) Team Europcar    
34 Rory Sutherland (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling    
35 Stephen Cummings (GBr) Sky Procycling    
36 Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp    
37 Julian Dean (NZl) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
38 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
39 Simon Richardson (GBr) Sigma Sport - Specialized    
40 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
41 Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) An Post - Sean Kelly    
42 Richard Handley (GBr) Team Raleigh    
43 Jack Bauer (NZl) Endura Racing    
44 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar    
45 Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
46 Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
47 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
48 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp    
49 Alex Wetterall (Swe) Endura Racing    
50 Paul Voss (Ger) Endura Racing    
51 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) HTC-Highroad    
52 Liam Holohan (GBr) Team Raleigh    
53 Andrew Fenn (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly    
54 Tobyn Horton (GBr) Motorpoint    
55 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team Netapp    
56 Ronan McLaughlin (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly    
57 Graham Briggs (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp    
58 Wouter Sybrandy (Ned) Sigma Sport - Specialized    
59 Leopold Koenig (Cze) Team Netapp    
60 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Leopard Trek    
61 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar    
62 Rene Mandri (Est) Endura Racing    
63 Peter Williams (GBr) Motorpoint    
64 Dominic Klemme (Ger) Leopard Trek    
65 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
66 Dan Craven (Nam) Rapha Condor - Sharp    
67 Dan Fleeman (GBr) Team Raleigh    
68 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
69 Jonathan Tiernan Locke (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp    
70 Iker Camano (Spa) Endura Racing 0:00:18  
71 Will Clarke (Aus) Leopard Trek    
72 Matt Brammeier (Irl) HTC-Highroad 0:00:21  
73 Mark Cassidy (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly    
74 Lars Bak (Den) HTC-Highroad    
75 Willem Wauters (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:25  
76 Jamie Sparling (Can) Team Raleigh    
77 Rik Flens (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
78 Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly    
79 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar    
80 Russell Hampton (GBr) Sigma Sport - Specialized    
81 Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) Motorpoint    
82 Steve Lampier (GBr) Sigma Sport - Specialized 0:00:33  
83 Gael Le Bellec (Fra) Team Raleigh    
84 Tom Last (GBr) Sigma Sport - Specialized    
85 Karl Menzies (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling    
86 James Sampson (GBr) Motorpoint    
87 Jeroen Janssen (Ned) Team Raleigh    
88 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Leopard Trek 0:01:02  
89 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 0:01:04  
90 Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling    
91 Dominique Cornu (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
92 Tom Murray (GBr) Sigma Sport - Specialized    
93 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
94 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar 0:01:42  
DNF Jens Voigt (Ger) Leopard Trek    
Points
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC-Highroad 15  pts
2 Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Highroad 14  
3 Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 13  
4 Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 12  
5 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling 11  
6 Robert Förster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 10  
7 Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling 9  
8 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 8  
9 Roger Hammond (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo 7  
10 Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Endura Racing 6  
11 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling 5  
12 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky Procycling 4  
13 Ian Bibby (GBr) Motorpoint 3  
14 Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) Motorpoint 2  
15 Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 1  
Sprint 1 - Innerleithen, 4.5 mi
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly 5  pts
2 Russell Hampton (GBr) Sigma Sport - Specialized 3  
3 Peter Williams (GBr) Motorpoint 2  
4 Mark Cassidy (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly 1  
Sprint 2 - Moffat, 44 mi
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly 5  pts
2 Russell Hampton (GBr) Sigma Sport - Specialized 3  
3 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 2  
4 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling 1  
Sprint 3 - Dumfries, 69.9 mi
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly 5  pts
2 Russell Hampton (GBr) Sigma Sport - Specialized 3  
3 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling 2  
4 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 1  
Mountain 1 - Megget Hill (Cat 3), 23.9 mi
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Russell Hampton (GBr) Sigma Sport - Specialized 4  pts
2 Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly 3  
3 Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky Procycling 2  
4 Alex Rasmussen (Den) HTC-Highroad 1  
Mountain 2 - Devil's Beef Tub (Cat 3), 37 mi
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Russell Hampton (GBr) Sigma Sport - Specialized 4  pts
2 Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly 3  
3 Stephen Cummings (GBr) Sky Procycling 2  
4 Alex Rasmussen (Den) HTC-Highroad 1  
Mountain 3 - Banks Hill (Cat 3), 87.1 mi
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Russell Hampton (GBr) Sigma Sport - Specialized 4  pts
2 Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly 3  
3 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky Procycling 2  
4 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling 1  
Combativity Award
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Russell Hampton (GBr) Sigma Sport - Specialized    
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Sky ProCycling 14:03:18  
2 HTC Highroad    
3 Rabobank    
4 UnitedHealthcare    
5 Team Garmin - Cervelo    
6 Vacansoleil - DCM    
7 Motorpoint    
8 Topsport Vlaanderen    
9 Rapha Condor - Sharp    
10 Team NetApp    
11 Team Europcar    
12 Endura Racing    
13 An Post - Sean Kelly    
14 Leopard Trek    
15 Team Raleigh    
16 Sigma Sport-Specialised 0:00:25  
General classification after stage 1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC-Highroad 4:40:56  
2 Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Highroad 0:00:04  
3 Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:06  
4 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:09  
5 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling    
6 Peter Williams (GBr) Motorpoint    
7 Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:10  
8 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling    
9 Robert Förster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling    
10 Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling    
11 Roger Hammond (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
12 Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Endura Racing    
13 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky Procycling    
14 Ian Bibby (GBr) Motorpoint    
15 Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) Motorpoint    
16 Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
17 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling    
18 Andy Tennant (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp    
19 Zak Dempster (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp    
20 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Leopard Trek    
21 Chris Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling    
22 Mark McNally (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly    
23 Stijn Joseph (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
24 Mathieu Claude (Fra) Team Europcar    
25 Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp    
26 Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team    
27 Jan-Bert Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
28 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
29 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
30 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team Netapp    
31 Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Team Netapp    
32 Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky Procycling    
33 Alex Rasmussen (Den) HTC-Highroad    
34 Franck Bouyer (Fra) Team Europcar    
35 Rory Sutherland (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling    
36 Stephen Cummings (GBr) Sky Procycling    
37 Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp    
38 Julian Dean (NZl) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
39 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
40 Simon Richardson (GBr) Sigma Sport - Specialized    
41 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
42 Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) An Post - Sean Kelly    
43 Richard Handley (GBr) Team Raleigh    
44 Jack Bauer (NZl) Endura Racing    
45 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar    
46 Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
47 Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
48 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
49 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp    
50 Alex Wetterall (Swe) Endura Racing    
51 Paul Voss (Ger) Endura Racing    
52 Liam Holohan (GBr) Team Raleigh    
53 Andrew Fenn (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly    
54 Tobyn Horton (GBr) Motorpoint    
55 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team Netapp    
56 Ronan McLaughlin (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly    
57 Graham Briggs (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp    
58 Wouter Sybrandy (Ned) Sigma Sport - Specialized    
59 Leopold Koenig (Cze) Team Netapp    
60 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Leopard Trek    
61 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar    
62 Rene Mandri (Est) Endura Racing    
63 Dominic Klemme (Ger) Leopard Trek    
64 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
65 Dan Craven (Nam) Rapha Condor - Sharp    
66 Dan Fleeman (GBr) Team Raleigh    
67 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
68 Jonathan Tiernan Locke (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp    
69 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) HTC-Highroad 0:00:20  
70 Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly 0:00:26  
71 Iker Camano (Spa) Endura Racing 0:00:28  
72 Will Clarke (Aus) Leopard Trek    
73 Russell Hampton (GBr) Sigma Sport - Specialized 0:00:29  
74 Matt Brammeier (Irl) HTC-Highroad 0:00:31  
75 Mark Cassidy (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly    
76 Lars Bak (Den) HTC-Highroad    
77 Willem Wauters (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:35  
78 Jamie Sparling (Can) Team Raleigh    
79 Rik Flens (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
80 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar    
81 Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) Motorpoint    
82 Steve Lampier (GBr) Sigma Sport - Specialized 0:00:43  
83 Gael Le Bellec (Fra) Team Raleigh    
84 Tom Last (GBr) Sigma Sport - Specialized    
85 Karl Menzies (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling    
86 James Sampson (GBr) Motorpoint    
87 Jeroen Janssen (Ned) Team Raleigh    
88 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Leopard Trek 0:01:12  
89 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 0:01:14  
90 Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling    
91 Dominique Cornu (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
92 Tom Murray (GBr) Sigma Sport - Specialized    
93 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
94 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar 0:01:52  
Points classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC-Highroad 15  pts
2 Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Highroad 14  
3 Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 13  
4 Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 12  
5 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling 11  
6 Robert Förster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 10  
7 Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling 9  
8 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 8  
9 Roger Hammond (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo 7  
10 Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Endura Racing 6  
11 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling 5  
12 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky Procycling 4  
13 Ian Bibby (GBr) Motorpoint 3  
14 Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) Motorpoint 2  
15 Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 1  
Mountains classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Russell Hampton (GBr) Sigma Sport - Specialized 12  pts
2 Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly 9  
3 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky Procycling 2  
4 Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky Procycling 2  
5 Alex Rasmussen (Den) HTC-Highroad 2  
6 Stephen Cummings (GBr) Sky Procycling 2  
7 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling 1  
Sprint classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly 15  pts
2 Russell Hampton (GBr) Sigma Sport - Specialized 9  
3 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 3  
4 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling 3  
5 Peter Williams (GBr) Motorpoint 2  
6 Mark Cassidy (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly 1  
Teams classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Sky ProCycling 14:03:18  
2 HTC Highroad    
3 Rabobank    
4 UnitedHealthcare    
5 Team Garmin - Cervelo    
6 Vacansoleil - DCM    
7 Motorpoint    
8 Topsport Vlaanderen    
9 Rapha Condor - Sharp    
10 Team NetApp    
11 Team Europcar    
12 Endura Racing    
13 An Post - Sean Kelly    
14 Leopard Trek    
15 Team Raleigh    
16 Sigma Sport-Specialised 0:00:25