Swift's sweet victory in Somerset

First pro victory for Brit, Boasson Hagen picks up a few more seconds toward his lead

Ben Swift (Team Katusha) pulled off his first professional career victory when he won the bunch sprint in Yeovil on Friday. The Yorkshireman has achieved every place in the top ten this year except seventh and first. Today he became the first Britain to win a stage of the Tour of Britain since Paul Manning won the final stage in Glasgow two years ago.

"This was a really special win for me," said Swift. "I came into the race with aims for the general classification, but I had a bit of bad luck on the second, third and fourth stages. Then yesterday, I had a good long hard day out in the break, but after I knew the GC was out of reach, I was going for the stage wins.

"Pozzato was going to try to get away over the last climb and if he didn't get away, he was going to look after me at the finish. Steve Cummings (Barloworld) did a good job for Geraint Thomas on the front and then Pozzato took over for me. There was a bit of a crash coming into the first corner, but we got round it pretty quickly and opened up a gap. We went into the second corner a little too quick and we both skidded down the barriers. However, we opened up a bigger gap, and I came round Pozzato with 150m to go. He held on for second which made it a bit more special."

"To pull it off in Britain is great," said the rider from Rotherham in Yorkshire: "My legs were sore today and I could feel it on the climbs. It was a hard day, all day with the terrain with twists and turns. The team has ridden for me quite a few times now and this is the first time I have managed to finish it off."

The tough terrain was not enough to break Columbia-HTC's tight control over the race despite numerous attempts by other teams to go distance themselves from Columbia-HTC's race leader Edvald Boasson Hagen.

Filippo Pozzato gave his teammate the perfect lead out in a tricky finish with two tight turns within the last 200m and the Italian champion held onto second place ahead of race leader Boasson Hagen, who will almost certainly be crowned the Tour of Britain race winner in London tomorrow barring accidents in the two-hour criterium finale.

The attacking action had started early with Alto Galdos (Eustakel-Euskadi) and Filippo Salvini (CSF Navigare) the first to gain a clear lead before the first climb of the day at Cadbury Hill. Mauricio Soler (Barloworld) lead a seven-man group that included teammates Steve Cummings and Geraint Thomas but also two Columbia-HTC riders.

The seven chasers made it over to the two leaders but only before AG2R, Cervelo & Vacansoleil brought the bunch up to make it gruppo compatto again. Kristian House (Rapha Condor) was the next to make his move with Joker Bianchi's Stian Remme. The two leaders rapidly blasted their way into a five-minute lead using the twisty lanes, but the duo knew they would be struggling into a headwind when the turned for Yeovil. They had a tailwind on the way out of Honiton and the lead was starting to come down when they climbed their way out of town with Columbia-HTC on the front of the bunch.

The gap was only just over two minutes at Tytherleigh after three and quarter hours of racing. Garmin put in an attack from the bunch at Cricket St Thomas with young Tom Peterson from Seattle moving clear in an attempt to join the leaders. Peterson was brought back but Bart Vanheule (TopSport - Vlaanderen) made it across to make it three riders with a lead of around 10 seconds but House was starting to suffer and their impressive pace faded. So it was altogether in the final 10km with Barloworld leading the peloton. Geraint Thomas attacked on the final climb with only 5km to go but no one was going to be let go in this late stage.

There was a crash in the final kilometre, but Swift, Boasson Hagen and Pozzato were well clear, and Swift came off the Italian's wheel to taste victory for the first time in his pro career.

Thomas De Gendt (TopSport - Vlaanderen) added the sprints jersey to the mountains jersey he won yesterday.

Kai Reus (Rabobank) sits second overall at 23 seconds. Martin Reimer (Cervelo) is third at 25 seconds, and Chris Sutton (Garmin Slipstream) fourth at 28 seconds. The overall victory will almost surely go to Boasson Hagen.

"It was hard to control things today," said Boasson Hagen. "It kept splitting and coming back together. It was hard to control things. We didn't expect Katusha to help to bring back the break with the Barloworld riders in it, but it was good. I also didn't expect the final climb to be so steep and there were a lot of attacks over the top. Katusha was strong in the sprint, and they were so far in front out of the last corner. It was not possible to catch them. I am just happy to keep the yellow jersey."

Rapha Condor had planned to do a good ride in the stage, and Kristian House had got close to breaking the domination of Columbia-HTC when he escaped with Stian Remme (Joker Bianchi). "We rode the whole stage about two weeks ago," said House: "I didn't really expect the break to get away. The way the race had been going everyone wants to be in a break, so I expected people to continue attacking but I got a message on the radio pretty quick saying they'd shut it down and Columbia was happy with two guys away because they could control that.

"So we knew we were going to get a gap, the questions were how big of a gap and how long we could hold on to it? It definitely started hurting with about 30k to go. The gap was coming down pretty quickly then."


#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha3:52:19 
2Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha  
3Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia - HTC  
4Mauro Finetto (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare  
5Alan Marangoni (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare  
6Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld  
7Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank  
8Christopher Sutton (Aus) Garmin - Slipstream  
9Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
10Huub Duyn (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream  
11Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
12Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team  
13Simon Clarke (Aus) ISD-Neri  
14Dan Craven (Nam) Rapha Condor  
15Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel  
16Russell Downing (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT  
17Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale  
18Carlo Scognamiglio (Ita) Barloworld  
19Graham Briggs (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT  
20Aitor Galdos (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
21Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team  
22Davide Appollonio (Ita) Cervelo Test Team  
23Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel  
24Pierpaolo De Negri (Ita) ISD-Neri  
25Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare  
26Serge Pauwels (Bel) Cervelo Test Team  
27Malcolm Elliott (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT  
28Reinier Honig (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
29Javier Aramendia (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
30Thomas Berkhout (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
31Renaud Dion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
32Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervelo Test Team  
33Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank  
34Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
35Rob Ruygh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
36Ian Stannard (GBr) ISD-Neri  
37Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor  
38Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - Slipstream  
39Simon Richardson (GBr) Rapha Condor  
40Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
41Federico Canuti (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare  
42Enrico Zen (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare  
43Christophe Laurent (Fra) Agritubel  
44Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
45Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank  
46Ivan Velasco (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
47Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor  
48Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Rabobank  
49Steven Cummings (GBr) Barloworld  
50Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
51Blaise Sonnery (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
52Tanel Kangert (Est) AG2R La Mondiale  
53Mauricio Soler (Col) Barloworld  
54Chris Newton (GBr) Rapha Condor  
55Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare  
56Bartozs Huzarsky (Pol) ISD-Neri  
57Stian Remme (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
58Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
59Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha  
60Andrew Tennant (GBr) Team Halfords  
61Ian Bibby (GBr) Team Halfords  
62Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha  
63Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
64Christopher Froome (GBr) Barloworld  
65Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC  
66Frederik Wilman (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
67Mark McNally (GBr) Team Halfords0:00:22 
68Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Team Columbia - HTC0:00:33 
69Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC0:00:49 
70Alessandro Colo (Ita) ISD-Neri0:01:12 
71James Sampson (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT  
72Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
73Daniel Fleeman (GBr) Cervelo Test Team0:01:42 
74Peter Williams (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT0:02:36 
75Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin - Slipstream  
76Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel  
77Tim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:03:17 
78Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank0:04:10 
79Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor  
80Emilien Benoit Berges (Fra) Agritubel  
81Sondre Gjerdevik Sörtveit (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
82Tom Criel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
83Bart Vanheule (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
84Gert Dockx (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC  
85Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC  
86Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha  
87Simon Holt (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT0:19:43 
88Edward Clancy (GBr) Team Halfords  
89Andres Sergio De Lis (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
90Michele Merlo (Ita) Barloworld  
91Josu Agirre (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
92Robert Hayles (GBr) Team Halfords  
DNSIan Wilkinson (GBr) Team Halfords  
Sprint 1 - Credition
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare5 pts
2Aitor Galdos (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi3 
3Russell Downing (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT2 
4Christopher Sutton (Aus) Garmin - Slipstream1 
Sprint 2 - Tiverton
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Aitor Galdos (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi5 pts
2Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare3 
3Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel2 
4Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld1 
Sprint 3 - Chard
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor5 pts
2Stian Remme (Nor) Joker Bianchi3 
3Russell Downing (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT2 
4Reinier Honig (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team1 
Mountain 1 - Cadbury Hill, Cat. 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Aitor Galdos (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi6 pts
2Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare5 
3Mauricio Soler (Col) Barloworld4 
4Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC3 
5Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team2 
6Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld1 
Mountain 2 - Trow Hill, Cat. 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Stian Remme (Nor) Joker Bianchi6 pts
2Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor5 
3Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team4 
4Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC3 
5Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Team Columbia - HTC2 
6Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC1 
Mountain 3- Chinnock Hollow, Cat. 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld4 pts
2Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Team Columbia - HTC3 
3Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel2 
4Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia - HTC1 
Most Combative Rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha15 pts
2Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha14 
3Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia - HTC13 
4Mauro Finetto (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare12 
5Alan Marangoni (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare11 
6Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld10 
7Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank9 
8Christopher Sutton (Aus) Garmin - Slipstream8 
9Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator7 
10Huub Duyn (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream6 
11Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team5 
12Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team4 
13Simon Clarke (Aus) ISD-Neri3 
14Dan Craven (Nam) Rapha Condor2 
15Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel1 
16Russell Downing (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT  
17Aitor Galdos (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
18Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel  
19Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor  
20Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare  
21Stian Remme (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1CSF Group - Navigare11:36:57 
2Cervelo TestTeam  
3Garmin - Slipstream  
4Team Katusha  
5Candi TV- Pinarello RT  
12Rapha Condor  
13AG2R La Mondiale  
14Joker Bianchi  
15Team Halfords0:00:22 
16Team Columbia-HTC0:00:33 
17Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:03:17 
General Classification after stage 7
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia - HTC26:09:32 
2Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank0:00:23 
3Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team0:00:25 
4Christopher Sutton (Aus) Garmin - Slipstream0:00:28 
5Russell Downing (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT0:00:37 
6Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld0:00:40 
7Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel0:00:43 
8Simon Clarke (Aus) ISD-Neri0:00:44 
9Reinier Honig (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:46 
10Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor  
11Serge Pauwels (Bel) Cervelo Test Team  
12Rob Ruygh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
13Federico Canuti (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare0:00:48 
14Pierpaolo De Negri (Ita) ISD-Neri0:00:49 
15Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team  
16Malcolm Elliott (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT  
17Renaud Dion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
18Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - Slipstream  
19Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
20Javier Aramendia (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
21Ian Stannard (GBr) ISD-Neri  
22Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC  
23Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Rabobank  
24Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:54 
25Aitor Galdos (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:55 
26Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha0:00:57 
27Stian Remme (Nor) Joker Bianchi0:00:58 
28Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:01:00 
29Mauro Finetto (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare  
30Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank  
31Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
32Carlo Scognamiglio (Ita) Barloworld  
33Christophe Laurent (Fra) Agritubel  
34Ivan Velasco (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
35Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor  
36Thomas Berkhout (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
37Huub Duyn (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream  
38Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
39Andrew Tennant (GBr) Team Halfords  
40Steven Cummings (GBr) Barloworld  
41Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel  
42Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare  
43Blaise Sonnery (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
44Bartozs Huzarsky (Pol) ISD-Neri  
45Chris Newton (GBr) Rapha Condor  
46Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha  
47Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank  
48Christopher Froome (GBr) Barloworld  
49Mauricio Soler (Col) Barloworld  
50Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
51Davide Appollonio (Ita) Cervelo Test Team0:01:06 
52Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:17 
53Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare0:01:24 
54Tanel Kangert (Est) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:42 
55Graham Briggs (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT0:01:46 
56Alan Marangoni (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare0:01:47 
57Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:02:01 
58Alessandro Colo (Ita) ISD-Neri0:03:10 
59Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC0:04:04 
60Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Team Columbia - HTC0:04:08 
61Tom Criel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:05:10 
62Gert Dockx (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC0:06:08 
63Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel0:06:21 
64Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC0:08:50 
65Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervelo Test Team0:13:18 
66Ian Bibby (GBr) Team Halfords0:16:01 
67Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha0:16:23 
68Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha0:16:36 
69Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi0:17:32 
70Frederik Wilman (Nor) Joker Bianchi0:17:50 
71Simon Richardson (GBr) Rapha Condor0:18:05 
72Mark McNally (GBr) Team Halfords0:18:12 
73Enrico Zen (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare0:19:00 
74Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:21:02 
75Daniel Fleeman (GBr) Cervelo Test Team0:21:40 
76Dan Craven (Nam) Rapha Condor0:28:25 
77Sondre Gjerdevik Sörtveit (Nor) Joker Bianchi0:32:35 
78James Sampson (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT0:34:25 
79Peter Williams (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT0:35:38 
80Michele Merlo (Ita) Barloworld0:37:10 
81Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank0:37:12 
82Bart Vanheule (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:37:23 
83Emilien Benoit Berges (Fra) Agritubel  
84Josu Agirre (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:40:46 
85Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin - Slipstream0:42:53 
86Tim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:47:05 
87Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha0:47:57 
88Andres Sergio De Lis (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:52:56 
89Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor0:56:04 
90Simon Holt (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT1:03:20 
91Edward Clancy (GBr) Team Halfords1:03:31 
92Robert Hayles (GBr) Team Halfords1:18:42 
Sprint competition
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator48 pts
2Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team24 
3Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld16 
4Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank11 
5Alan Marangoni (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare10 
6Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel10 
7Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare9 
8Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team9 
9Simon Clarke (Aus) ISD-Neri8 
10Aitor Galdos (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi8 
11Russell Downing (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT8 
12Reinier Honig (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team6 
13Daniel Fleeman (GBr) Cervelo Test Team6 
14Serge Pauwels (Bel) Cervelo Test Team6 
15Rob Ruygh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team6 
16Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor5 
17Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale5 
18Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor5 
19Tanel Kangert (Est) AG2R La Mondiale4 
20Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi4 
21Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel3 
22Stian Remme (Nor) Joker Bianchi3 
23Christopher Sutton (Aus) Garmin - Slipstream3 
24Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia - HTC2 
25Federico Canuti (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare2 
26Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin - Slipstream2 
27Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha2 
28Ian Stannard (GBr) ISD-Neri1 
29Huub Duyn (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream1 
30Mauricio Soler (Col) Barloworld1 
31Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC1 
32Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank1 
33Tim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator1 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator60 pts
2Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team28 
3Federico Canuti (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare22 
4Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld21 
5Daniel Fleeman (GBr) Cervelo Test Team19 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia - HTC86 pts
2Christopher Sutton (Aus) Garmin - Slipstream73 
3Russell Downing (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT64 
4Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team52 
5Michele Merlo (Ita) Barloworld48 
6Pierpaolo De Negri (Ita) ISD-Neri36 
Team classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
2Cervelo TestTeam0:00:09 
5CSF Group - Navigare0:00:20 
7Garmin - Slipstream  
9AG2R La Mondiale  
11Rapha Condor  
12Candi TV- Pinarello RT0:00:36 
13Team Columbia-HTC0:01:12 
14Team Halfords0:01:28 
15Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:03:48 
16Team Katusha0:15:43 
17Joker Bianchi0:17:21 


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