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September 12-19, 2009

September 12, Stage 1: Scunthorpe - York 172.6km

Sutton claims first stage at Tour of Britain

By:
Gerry McManus
Published:
September 12, 2009, 15:08 BST,
Updated:
September 12, 2009, 21:28 BST

Garmin rider gets first win of season in York

Chris Sutton (Garmin-Slipstream) takes his first win of the season at the Tour of Britain

Chris Sutton (Garmin-Slipstream) takes his first win of the season at the Tour of Britain

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Chris Sutton (Garmin-Slipstream) won the battle of the sprinters in York today at the end of stage one of the Tour of Britain. Sutton held off Michel Merlo (Barloworld) and Ben Swift (Team Katusha) as the peloton thundered down the narrow finishing straight in the Yorkshire city.

Sutton was delighted to have won the sunny 173km stage, which averaged nearly 42kph. "Wearing the yellow jersey is one of the highlights of my career," said Sutton afterwards. "I came so close to winning a couple of stages last year and to sprint for myself and win one is kinda nice. Our team is on a roll at the moment with three victories in the last 24 hours."

Garmin-Slipstream rode on the front for long periods to bring Sutton into contention for the sprint.

"The team knew I was motivated," said Sutton: "I told them I could win three or four stages here. They stuck their heads out into the wind and rode on the front. It is hard to control a bike race with only six riders but everyone is in the same boat and we pulled it off today.

"Anything is possible now and I just have to take it day by day. You can have good legs one day and bad ones the next. It's a good sign for me because I didn't feel super great today but still pulled off the win and I can only get better from here, I hope. For me to win the overall is a big ask. I would love to win the stage in London."

All the domestic British teams had been active in the first part of the race with Dan Craven (Rapha Condor) and Graham Briggs (CandiTV-Marshalls) both trying to create breakaway chances.

Finally Marten Mortensen (Vascansoleil) and Thomas De Gendt (TopSport -Vlaanderen) broke the elastic to the bunch and the duo built up a lead of over 10 minutes by the time they reached the summit of the second category climb at Kilnwick Percy. Mortensen took the honours over the summit. De Gendt had won the first sprint prime at Forest Pines.

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Columbia-HTC) had shown his intent on overall victory when he pipped Alexander Kristoff (Joker Bianchi) to the final bonus second at Forest Pines. Kristoff found the extra zip to win that bonus at the next sprint at Pocklington with Mortensen and De Gendt way ahead on the road.

Tom Southam (Rapha Condor) was busy mopping up king of the mountain points and the Cornishman ended the day third place in that competition.

The leaders brave efforts were further hampered when they got caught a railway level crossing but the duo stayed clear for many miles and traded sprints for climbs between themselves with De Gendt ending the day wearing the sprints jersey and Mortensen leading in the king of the mountains competition.

Virtually the whole field was together as it gathered momentum with three kilometres to go with Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream) leading out 23-year-old Sutton. Sutton hit the front with 150m to go and the powerful Aussie held on to take victory.

Mortensen was happy with the result on the day. "We were well working together in the break," said Mortensen: "I am here to show myself and to get into the Danish team for the World Championships and that means that I have to do well in this race. I will try to keep the mountains jersey. Some one said this morning that Vaconsoleil cannot ride in the climbs, so I have to prove that we can."

De Gendt was disappointed that the break did not stay clear. "We had a twelve minute lead and I thought that we could stay in front but it was tough today. We lost time on the climbs and then we had a head wind when we turned back towards the finish. I was dropped in the last three kilometres and lost over two minutes. I am going to attack in the next few days to defend the sprinters jersey, but it is going to be hard."

Results
1 Chris Sutton (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream 4:07:59  
2 Michel Merlo (Ita) Barloworld    
3 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha    
4 Russell Downing (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta    
5 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen    
6 Reinier Honig (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
7 Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team    
8 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale    
9 Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Team Halfords    
10 Tim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen    
11 Malcolm Elliott (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta    
12 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi    
13 Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi    
14 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team    
15 Ian Stannard (GBr) ISD-Neri    
16 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha    
17 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank    
18 Alan Marangoni (Ita) CSF Navigare    
19 Davide Appollonio (Ita) Cervelo Test Team    
20 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia-HTC    
21 Michael Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
22 Thomas Berkhout (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
23 Simon Clarke (Aus) ISD-Neri    
24 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel    
25 Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel    
26 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor    
27 Pierpaolo De Negri (Ita) ISD-Neri    
28 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2r La Mondiale    
29 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Cervelo Test Team    
30 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia-HTC    
31 Peter Williams (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta    
32 Renaud Dion (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale    
33 Bartozs Huzarsky (Pol) ISD-Neri    
34 Christophe Laurent (Fra) Agritubel    
35 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank    
36 Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank    
37 Ivan Velasco (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi    
38 Rob Ruygh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
39 Tom Criel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen    
40 Christopher Froome (GBr) Barloworld    
41 Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
42 Andrew Tennant (GBr) Team Halfords    
43 Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor    
44 Simon Richardson (GBr) Rapha Condor    
45 Javier Aramendia (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi    
46 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel    
47 Carlo Sconamiglio (Ita) Barloworld    
48 Stian Remme (Nor) Joker Bianchi    
49 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Joker Bianchi    
50 Sondre G Sortveit (Nor) Joker Bianchi    
51 Blaise Sonnery (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale    
52 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank    
53 Tanel Kangert (Est) Ag2r La Mondiale    
54 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld    
55 Aitor Galdos (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi    
56 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha    
57 Tom Peterson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream    
58 Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen    
59 Thomas Lovkvist (Swe) Team Columbia-HTC    
60 Huub Duyn (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream    
61 Mark McNally (GBr) Team Halfords    
62 Steven Cummings (GBr) Barloworld    
63 Enrico Zen (Ita) CSF Navigare    
64 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia-HTC    
65 Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita) ISD-Neri    
66 Chris Newton (GBr) Rapha Condor    
67 Federico Canuti (Ita) CSF Navigare    
68 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha    
69 Mauro Finetto (Ita) CSF Navigare    
70 Josu Agirre (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi    
71 Bart Vanheule (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen    
72 Gert Dockx (Bel) Team Columbia-HTC    
73 Edward Clancy (GBr) Team Halfords    
74 Dan Fleeman (GBr) Cervelo Test Team    
75 Oscar Pujol Munoz (Spa) Cervelo Test Team    
76 Emilien Berges (Fra) Agritubel    
77 Graham Briggs (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta    
78 Cyril Dessel (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale    
79 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) CSF Navigare    
80 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel    
81 Simon Holt (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta    
82 James Sampson (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta    
83 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Rabobank    
84 Mauricio Soler (Col) Barloworld    
85 Frederik Wilmann (Nor) Joker Bianchi    
86 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream    
87 Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
88 Sergio De Lis (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi    
89 Evgueni Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha    
90 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia-HTC    
91 Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Navigare    
92 Alessandro Colo (Ita) ISD-Neri    
93 Dan Craven (Nam) Rapha Condor    
94 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 0:02:30  
95 Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor 0:14:58  
96 Ian Bibby (GBr) Team Halfords 0:15:01  
97 Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream 0:15:22  
98 Robert Hayles (GBr) Team Halfords    
99 Svein Erik Vold (Nor) Joker Bianchi    
100 Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream    
Sprint 1 Forest Pines
1 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 5 pts
2 Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 3  
3 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia-HTC 2  
4 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi 1  
Sprint 2 Pocklington
1 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 5 pts
2 Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 3  
3 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi 2  
4 Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team 1  
Sprint 3 Wetwang
1 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 5 pts
2 Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 3  
3 Russell Downing (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta 2  
4 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi 1  
KoM Cat 2 - Kilnwick Percy
1 Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 6 pts
2 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 5  
3 Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor 4  
4 Graham Briggs (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta 3  
5 Christopher Froome (GBr) Barloworld 2  
6 Ian Bibby (GBr) Team Halfords 1  
KoM Cat 2 - Towthorpe Wold
1 Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 6 pts
2 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 5  
3 Thomas Lovkvist (Swe) Team Columbia-HTC 4  
4 Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor 3  
5 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream 2  
KoM Cat 3 - Gally Gap
1 Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 4 pts
2 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 3  
3 Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor 2  
4 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Cervelo TestTeam 1  
Combativity Award
1 Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
General Classification
1 Chris Sutton (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream 4:07:49  
2 Michel Merlo (Ita) Barloworld 0:00:04  
3 Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
4 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha 0:00:06  
5 Russell Downing (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta 0:00:09  
6 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi    
7 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia-HTC    
8 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 0:00:10  
9 Reinier Honig (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
10 Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team    
11 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale    
12 Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Team Halfords    
13 Tim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen    
14 Malcolm Elliott (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta    
15 Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi    
16 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team    
17 Ian Stannard (GBr) ISD-Neri    
18 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha    
19 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank    
20 Alan Marangoni (Ita) CSF Navigare    
21 Davide Appollonio (Ita) Cervelo Test Team    
22 Michael Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
23 Thomas Berkhout (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
24 Simon Clarke (Aus) ISD-Neri    
25 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel    
26 Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel    
27 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor    
28 Pierpaolo De Negri (Ita) ISD-Neri    
29 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2r La Mondiale    
30 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Cervelo Test Team    
31 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia-HTC    
32 Peter Williams (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta    
33 Renaud Dion (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale    
34 Bartozs Huzarsky (Pol) ISD-Neri    
35 Christophe Laurent (Fra) Agritubel    
36 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank    
37 Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank    
38 Ivan Velasco (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi    
39 Rob Ruygh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
40 Tom Criel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen    
41 Christopher Froome (GBr) Barloworld    
42 Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
43 Andrew Tennant (GBr) Team Halfords    
44 Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor    
45 Simon Richardson (GBr) Rapha Condor    
46 Javier Aramendia (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi    
47 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel    
48 Carlo Sconamiglio (Ita) Barloworld    
49 Stian Remme (Nor) Joker Bianchi    
50 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Joker Bianchi    
51 Sondre G Sortveit (Nor) Joker Bianchi    
52 Blaise Sonnery (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale    
53 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank    
54 Tanel Kangert (Est) Ag2r La Mondiale    
55 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld    
56 Aitor Galdos (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi    
57 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha    
58 Tom Peterson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream    
59 Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen    
60 Thomas Lovkvist (Swe) Team Columbia-HTC    
61 Huub Duyn (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream    
62 Mark McNally (GBr) Team Halfords    
63 Steven Cummings (GBr) Barloworld    
64 Enrico Zen (Ita) CSF Navigare    
65 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia-HTC    
66 Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita) ISD-Neri    
67 Chris Newton (GBr) Rapha Condor    
68 Federico Canuti (Ita) CSF Navigare    
69 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha    
70 Mauro Finetto (Ita) CSF Navigare    
71 Josu Agirre (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi    
72 Bart Vanheule (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen    
73 Gert Dockx (Bel) Team Columbia-HTC    
74 Edward Clancy (GBr) Team Halfords    
75 Dan Fleeman (GBr) Cervelo Test Team    
76 Oscar Pujol Munoz (Spa) Cervelo Test Team    
77 Emilien Berges (Fra) Agritubel    
78 Graham Briggs (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta    
79 Cyril Dessel (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale    
80 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) CSF Navigare    
81 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel    
82 Simon Holt (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta    
83 James Sampson (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta    
84 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Rabobank    
85 Mauricio Soler (Col) Barloworld    
86 Frederik Wilmann (Nor) Joker Bianchi    
87 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream    
88 Sergio De Lis (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi    
89 Evgueni Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha    
90 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia-HTC    
91 Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Navigare    
92 Alessandro Colo (Ita) ISD-Neri    
93 Dan Craven (Nam) Rapha Condor    
94 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 0:02:31  
95 Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor 0:15:08  
96 Ian Bibby (GBr) Team Halfords 0:15:11  
97 Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream 0:15:32  
98 Robert Hayles (GBr) Team Halfords    
99 Svein Erik Vold (Nor) Joker Bianchi    
100 Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream    
Mountains Classification
1 Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 16 pts
2 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 13  
3 Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor 9  
4 Thomas Lovkvist (Swe) Team Columbia-HTC 4  
5 Graham Briggs (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta 3  
6 Christopher Froome (GBr) Barloworld 2  
7 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream 2  
8 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Cervelo Test Team 1  
9 Ian Bibby (GBr) Team Halfords 1  
Points Competition
1 Chris Sutton (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream 15 pts
2 Michel Merlo (Ita) Barloworld 14  
3 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha 13  
4 Russell Downing (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta 12  
5 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 11  
6 Reinier Honig (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 10  
7 Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team 9  
8 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale 8  
9 Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Team Halfords 7  
10 Tim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 6  
11 Malcolm Elliott (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta 5  
12 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi 4  
13 Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi 3  
14 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team 2  
15 Ian Stannard (GBr) ISD-Neri 1  
Sprints Competition
1 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 15 pts
2 Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 9  
3 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi 4  
4 Russell Downing (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta 2  
5 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia-HTC 2  
6 Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team 1  
Teams General Classification
1 Cervelo Test Team 12:23:57  
2 Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta    
3 Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
4 Topsport Vlaanderen    
5 ISD-Neri    
6 Ag2r La Mondiale    
7 Team Katusha    
8 Agritubel    
9 Rabobank    
10 Barloworld    
11 Euskatel Euskadi    
12 Joker Bianchi    
13 Team Columbia-HTC    
14 Team Halfords    
15 Rapha Condor    
16 Garmin-Slipstream    
17 CSF Navigare