Sutton claims first stage at Tour of Britain

Garmin rider gets first win of season in York

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."

1Chris Sutton (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream4:07:59 
2Michel Merlo (Ita) Barloworld  
3Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha  
4Russell Downing (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta  
5Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen  
6Reinier Honig (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
7Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team  
8Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale  
9Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Team Halfords  
10Tim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen  
11Malcolm Elliott (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta  
12Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
13Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi  
14Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team  
15Ian Stannard (GBr) ISD-Neri  
16Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha  
17Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank  
18Alan Marangoni (Ita) CSF Navigare  
19Davide Appollonio (Ita) Cervelo Test Team  
20Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia-HTC  
21Michael Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
22Thomas Berkhout (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
23Simon Clarke (Aus) ISD-Neri  
24Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel  
25Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel  
26Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor  
27Pierpaolo De Negri (Ita) ISD-Neri  
28Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2r La Mondiale  
29Serge Pauwels (Bel) Cervelo Test Team  
30Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia-HTC  
31Peter Williams (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta  
32Renaud Dion (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale  
33Bartozs Huzarsky (Pol) ISD-Neri  
34Christophe Laurent (Fra) Agritubel  
35Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank  
36Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank  
37Ivan Velasco (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi  
38Rob Ruygh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
39Tom Criel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen  
40Christopher Froome (GBr) Barloworld  
41Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
42Andrew Tennant (GBr) Team Halfords  
43Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor  
44Simon Richardson (GBr) Rapha Condor  
45Javier Aramendia (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi  
46Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel  
47Carlo Sconamiglio (Ita) Barloworld  
48Stian Remme (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
49Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
50Sondre G Sortveit (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
51Blaise Sonnery (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale  
52Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank  
53Tanel Kangert (Est) Ag2r La Mondiale  
54Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld  
55Aitor Galdos (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi  
56Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha  
57Tom Peterson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream  
58Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen  
59Thomas Lovkvist (Swe) Team Columbia-HTC  
60Huub Duyn (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream  
61Mark McNally (GBr) Team Halfords  
62Steven Cummings (GBr) Barloworld  
63Enrico Zen (Ita) CSF Navigare  
64Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia-HTC  
65Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita) ISD-Neri  
66Chris Newton (GBr) Rapha Condor  
67Federico Canuti (Ita) CSF Navigare  
68Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha  
69Mauro Finetto (Ita) CSF Navigare  
70Josu Agirre (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi  
71Bart Vanheule (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen  
72Gert Dockx (Bel) Team Columbia-HTC  
73Edward Clancy (GBr) Team Halfords  
74Dan Fleeman (GBr) Cervelo Test Team  
75Oscar Pujol Munoz (Spa) Cervelo Test Team  
76Emilien Berges (Fra) Agritubel  
77Graham Briggs (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta  
78Cyril Dessel (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale  
79Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) CSF Navigare  
80Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel  
81Simon Holt (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta  
82James Sampson (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta  
83Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Rabobank  
84Mauricio Soler (Col) Barloworld  
85Frederik Wilmann (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
86Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream  
87Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
88Sergio De Lis (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi  
89Evgueni Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha  
90Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia-HTC  
91Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Navigare  
92Alessandro Colo (Ita) ISD-Neri  
93Dan Craven (Nam) Rapha Condor  
94Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen0:02:30 
95Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor0:14:58 
96Ian Bibby (GBr) Team Halfords0:15:01 
97Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream0:15:22 
98Robert Hayles (GBr) Team Halfords  
99Svein Erik Vold (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
100Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream  
Sprint 1 Forest Pines
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen5pts
2Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team3 
3Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia-HTC2 
4Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi1 
Sprint 2 Pocklington
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen5pts
2Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team3 
3Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi2 
4Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team1 
Sprint 3 Wetwang
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen5pts
2Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team3 
3Russell Downing (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta2 
4Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi1 
KoM Cat 2 - Kilnwick Percy
1Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team6pts
2Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen5 
3Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor4 
4Graham Briggs (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta3 
5Christopher Froome (GBr) Barloworld2 
6Ian Bibby (GBr) Team Halfords1 
KoM Cat 2 - Towthorpe Wold
1Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team6pts
2Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen5 
3Thomas Lovkvist (Swe) Team Columbia-HTC4 
4Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor3 
5Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream2 
KoM Cat 3 - Gally Gap
1Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team4pts
2Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen3 
3Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor2 
4Serge Pauwels (Bel) Cervelo TestTeam1 
Combativity Award
1Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
General Classification
1Chris Sutton (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream4:07:49 
2Michel Merlo (Ita) Barloworld0:00:04 
3Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
4Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha0:00:06 
5Russell Downing (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta0:00:09 
6Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
7Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia-HTC  
8Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen0:00:10 
9Reinier Honig (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
10Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team  
11Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale  
12Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Team Halfords  
13Tim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen  
14Malcolm Elliott (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta  
15Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi  
16Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team  
17Ian Stannard (GBr) ISD-Neri  
18Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha  
19Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank  
20Alan Marangoni (Ita) CSF Navigare  
21Davide Appollonio (Ita) Cervelo Test Team  
22Michael Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
23Thomas Berkhout (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
24Simon Clarke (Aus) ISD-Neri  
25Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel  
26Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel  
27Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor  
28Pierpaolo De Negri (Ita) ISD-Neri  
29Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2r La Mondiale  
30Serge Pauwels (Bel) Cervelo Test Team  
31Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia-HTC  
32Peter Williams (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta  
33Renaud Dion (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale  
34Bartozs Huzarsky (Pol) ISD-Neri  
35Christophe Laurent (Fra) Agritubel  
36Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank  
37Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank  
38Ivan Velasco (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi  
39Rob Ruygh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
40Tom Criel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen  
41Christopher Froome (GBr) Barloworld  
42Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
43Andrew Tennant (GBr) Team Halfords  
44Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor  
45Simon Richardson (GBr) Rapha Condor  
46Javier Aramendia (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi  
47Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel  
48Carlo Sconamiglio (Ita) Barloworld  
49Stian Remme (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
50Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
51Sondre G Sortveit (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
52Blaise Sonnery (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale  
53Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank  
54Tanel Kangert (Est) Ag2r La Mondiale  
55Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld  
56Aitor Galdos (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi  
57Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha  
58Tom Peterson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream  
59Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen  
60Thomas Lovkvist (Swe) Team Columbia-HTC  
61Huub Duyn (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream  
62Mark McNally (GBr) Team Halfords  
63Steven Cummings (GBr) Barloworld  
64Enrico Zen (Ita) CSF Navigare  
65Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia-HTC  
66Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita) ISD-Neri  
67Chris Newton (GBr) Rapha Condor  
68Federico Canuti (Ita) CSF Navigare  
69Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha  
70Mauro Finetto (Ita) CSF Navigare  
71Josu Agirre (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi  
72Bart Vanheule (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen  
73Gert Dockx (Bel) Team Columbia-HTC  
74Edward Clancy (GBr) Team Halfords  
75Dan Fleeman (GBr) Cervelo Test Team  
76Oscar Pujol Munoz (Spa) Cervelo Test Team  
77Emilien Berges (Fra) Agritubel  
78Graham Briggs (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta  
79Cyril Dessel (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale  
80Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) CSF Navigare  
81Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel  
82Simon Holt (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta  
83James Sampson (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta  
84Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Rabobank  
85Mauricio Soler (Col) Barloworld  
86Frederik Wilmann (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
87Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream  
88Sergio De Lis (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi  
89Evgueni Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha  
90Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia-HTC  
91Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Navigare  
92Alessandro Colo (Ita) ISD-Neri  
93Dan Craven (Nam) Rapha Condor  
94Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen0:02:31 
95Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor0:15:08 
96Ian Bibby (GBr) Team Halfords0:15:11 
97Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream0:15:32 
98Robert Hayles (GBr) Team Halfords  
99Svein Erik Vold (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
100Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream  
Mountains Classification
1Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team16pts
2Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen13 
3Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor9 
4Thomas Lovkvist (Swe) Team Columbia-HTC4 
5Graham Briggs (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta3 
6Christopher Froome (GBr) Barloworld2 
7Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream2 
8Serge Pauwels (Bel) Cervelo Test Team1 
9Ian Bibby (GBr) Team Halfords1 
Points Competition
1Chris Sutton (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream15pts
2Michel Merlo (Ita) Barloworld14 
3Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha13 
4Russell Downing (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta12 
5Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen11 
6Reinier Honig (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team10 
7Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team9 
8Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale8 
9Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Team Halfords7 
10Tim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen6 
11Malcolm Elliott (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta5 
12Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi4 
13Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskatel Euskadi3 
14Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team2 
15Ian Stannard (GBr) ISD-Neri1 
Sprints Competition
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen15pts
2Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team9 
3Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi4 
4Russell Downing (GBr) Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta2 
5Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia-HTC2 
6Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team1 
Teams General Classification
1Cervelo Test Team12:23:57 
2Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta  
3Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
4Topsport Vlaanderen  
6Ag2r La Mondiale  
7Team Katusha  
11Euskatel Euskadi  
12Joker Bianchi  
13Team Columbia-HTC  
14Team Halfords  
15Rapha Condor  
17CSF Navigare  


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