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Tour of Britain 2012

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September 9-16, 2012

September 09, Stage 1: Ipswich - Norfolk Showground

Rowe wins first stage of Tour of Britain for Sky

By:
Rob Lampard
Published:
September 09, 2012, 14:33 BST,
Updated:
September 10, 2012, 9:16 BST

Welshman takes race lead

Luke Rowe (Team Sky) wins the opening stage of the 2012 Tour of Britain

Luke Rowe (Team Sky) wins the opening stage of the 2012 Tour of Britain

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Luke Rowe (Sky) won the opening stage of the Tour of Britain, taking the sprint in Norfolk ahead of Boy van Poppel (UnitedHealthcare) and Russell Downing (Endura). The stage winner also took the overall lead.

Mark Cavendish of Team Sky was the outright favourite to win the flat opening stage, but a crash in the final kilometres took the Manx Missile out of contention, gifting the win to his young team mate Luke Rowe, who only stepped into the six man line up at the last minute to replace Edvald Boasson Hagen.

After he pulled on the race leaders gold jersey in Norwich for the biggest win of his career, Rowe said Bullishly, "I'm not going to rule myself out of contention for the overall."

The opening stage of the ninth Tour of Britain started beside the regenerated docks of Ipswich and as million pounds yachts cruised up and down the river Orwell in the warm sunshine of a late British summer the thousands of fans at the start may have thought they were in Monaco. It was a fitting that the centre of attention was the huge state of the art bus of Team Sky, which was surrounded by fans hungry for a glimpse of Bradley Wiggins.

The crowd erupted as Wiggings went to sign on but it was Cavendish who led the 102 riders out of Ipswich along the banks of the river Orwell on the 203km stage, the longest of this year's race. However, a group of four riders decided that they were going to try and spoil the Sky party and headed off alone after only two miles. The quartet was, Jonny Clarke (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling), Kristian House (Rapha Condor), Sean Downy (An Post Sean Kelly) and Rony Martias (Saur-Sojasun). Although the three categorised hills barely registered on the heart monitors, and much of the stage had a tailwind, it was the heat, which touched 30 degrees centigrade, which was taking its toll on the foursome.

Despite their efforts the group started to disintegrate within the last 10 kilometres as Team Sky worked hard to close the gap which had been as high as six minutes earlier in the day. Any talk at yesterday's press conference of Mark Cavendish leaving the British team, didn't seem to effect the work rate of his team mates as Wiggins, Bernhard Eisel, Jeremy Hunt, Christian Knees and Luke Rowe took turns at the front.

The work of the Sky train, proved fruitless for Cavendish as he went down in the Norfolk showground within two kilometres of the finish.

Instead of the predicted bunch sprint, the lead riders came in dribs and drabs with 22 year old Rowe outsprinting Boy Van Poppel (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling) and fellow Brit Russell Downing (Endura Racing). Rowe said, "It was pretty incredible to win today. It was quite unexpected, but this is the biggest win to date so I'm very happy. Coming towards the end of the race we had Brad on the front and I was behind him and Cav was sitting third because we were lining the stage up for him but I looked round when he went down and shouted to Brad 'It's for me' so we went full gas."

The young Welshman went on, "The weather was really hot today and actually and was a bit of a shock to the system but I've done a lot of racing abroad so I suppose I'm used to it. I'm looking forward to stage 6 into Caerphilly because it's almost in my back garden. The mountain is about a mile from my house so friends and family are coming to watch. The support on the road today was incredible and I've never seen crowds like it. It's really great because the British fans really know what they are talking about and don't just shout a lot of old crap when you go past!"

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky Procycling 4:51:05  
2 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
3 Russell Downing (GBr) Endura Racing    
4 Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
5 Peter Hawkins (Irl) IG - Sigma Sport    
6 Rony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
7 Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
8 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
9 Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (GBr) Endura Racing    
10 Ben Grenda (Aus) Rapha Condor    
11 Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling    
12 Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp    
13 Chris Opie (GBr) UK Youth Cycling    
14 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
15 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) IG - Sigma Sport    
16 Yanto Barker (GBr) UK Youth Cycling    
17 Niklas Gustavsson (Swe) UK Youth Cycling    
18 Sam Bennett (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly    
19 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
20 Richard Lang (Aus) Rapha Condor    
21 Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge Cycling Team    
22 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
23 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) UK Youth Cycling    
24 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling    
25 Zak Dempster (Aus) Endura Racing 0:01:25  
26 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
27 Paul Voss (Ger) Endura Racing 0:00:00  
28 Robert Förster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 0:01:29  
29 Leopold Koenig (Cze) Team Netapp    
30 Ronan Mclaughlin (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly    
31 David Clarke (GBr) Node 4 - Giordana 0:01:30  
32 David Le Lay (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
33 Jacek Morajko (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:01:32  
34 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team Netapp    
35 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
36 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
37 Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp    
38 Richard Handley (GBr) Rapha Condor    
39 Graham Briggs (GBr) Raleigh - GAC    
40 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) Raleigh - GAC    
41 Christofer Stevenson (Swe) UK Youth Cycling    
42 Kai Reus (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 0:01:34  
43 Adrian Saez de Arregui (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
44 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
45 Dan Craven (Nam) IG - Sigma Sport    
46 Wouter Sybrandy (Ned) IG - Sigma Sport    
47 Evan Oliphant (GBr) Raleigh - GAC    
48 Josh Edmondson (GBr) Great Britain    
49 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
50 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling 0:00:00  
51 Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) Node 4 - Giordana 0:01:36  
52 Pierre Cazaux (Fra) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
53 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge Cycling Team 0:00:00  
54 Matthias Krizek (Aut) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:01:36  
55 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team Netapp    
56 Simon Yates (GBr) Great Britain    
57 Michael Cuming (GBr) Rapha Condor    
58 Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) An Post - Sean Kelly 0:00:00  
59 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
60 Tom Last (GBr) IG - Sigma Sport 0:03:41  
61 Marco Benffato (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:00  
62 Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin-Sharp 0:00:00  
63 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:00  
64 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp 0:00:00  
65 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor 0:04:07  
66 Marc De Maar (AHo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 0:04:10  
67 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Garmin-Sharp 0:00:00  
68 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:04:21  
69 Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) Endura Racing    
70 Ian Bibby (GBr) Endura Racing 0:04:22  
71 Jamie Sparling (Can) Raleigh - GAC    
72 Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin-Sharp 0:00:00  
73 Blaz Jarc (Slo) Team Netapp    
74 Victor Cabedo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:06:18  
75 Mathew Cronshaw (GBr) Node 4 - Giordana 0:07:22  
76 Peter Williams (GBr) Node 4 - Giordana    
77 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica-GreenEdge Cycling Team    
78 Wesley Kreder (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
79 Mark McNally (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly    
80 Rico Rogers (NZl) Node 4 - Giordana    
81 Jack Bobridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge Cycling Team    
82 Christopher Jennings (RSA) Rapha Condor    
83 Niels Wytinck (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly    
84 Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly    
85 George Atkins (GBr) Great Britain    
86 Owain Doull (GBr) Great Britain    
87 Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
88 Michael Northey (NZl) Node 4 - Giordana    
89 Russell Hampton (GBr) Raleigh - GAC    
90 Liam Holohan (GBr) Raleigh - GAC    
91 Tom Moses (GBr) Great Britain    
92 Alistair Slater (GBr) Great Britain    
93 Simon Richardson (GBr) IG - Sigma Sport    
94 Jonny Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
95 Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge Cycling Team    
96 Lachlan Morton (Aus) Garmin-Sharp    
97 Jacob Rathe (USA) Garmin-Sharp    
98 David McGowan (GBr) UK Youth Cycling    
99 Ricardo Garcia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:08:45  
DNF Willem Wauters (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
Points
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky Procycling 15  pts
2 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 14  
3 Russell Downing (GBr) Endura Racing 13  
4 Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 12  
5 Peter Hawkins (Irl) IG - Sigma Sport 11  
6 Rony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 10  
7 Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 9  
8 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 8  
9 Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (GBr) Endura Racing 7  
10 Ben Grenda (Aus) Rapha Condor 6  
11 Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling 5  
12 Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp 4  
13 Chris Opie (GBr) UK Youth Cycling 3  
14 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 2  
15 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) IG - Sigma Sport 1  
Mountain 1 - Snape (Cat 3) km. 24.9
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor 4  pts
2 Niels Wytinck (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly 3  
3 Rony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 2  
4 Jonny Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 1  
Mountain 2 - Westleton (Cat 3) km. 49.1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor 4  pts
2 Niels Wytinck (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly 3  
3 Rony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 2  
4 Jonny Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 1  
Mountain 3 - Swanton Morley (Cat 3) km. 175.9
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor 4  pts
2 Niels Wytinck (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly 3  
3 Jonny Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 2  
4 Lachlan Morton (Aus) Garmin-Sharp 1  
Sprint 1 - Melton, km. 9.2
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Rony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 5  pts
2 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor 3  
3 Niels Wytinck (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly 2  
4 Jonny Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 1  
Sprint 2 - Great Yarmouth, km. 105.3
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jonny Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 5  pts
2 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor 3  
3 Rony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 2  
4 Niels Wytinck (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly 1  
Sprint 3 - Coltishall, km. 140.9
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Rony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 5  pts
2 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor 3  
3 Niels Wytinck (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly 2  
4 Jonny Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 1  
Rouleur Combativity Award
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Niels Wytinck (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly    
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Saur Sojasun 14:33:15  
2 Sky Procycling    
3 Endura Racing    
4 UK Youth Cycling    
5 Liquigas - Cannondale    
6 Garmin - Sharp    
7 An Post Sean Kelly 0:01:29  
8 Team NetApp    
9 Rapha Condor 0:01:32  
10 IG - Sigma Sport 0:01:34  
11 UnitedHealthcare 0:02:54  
12 Vacansoleil - DCM 0:03:04  
13 Raleigh - GAC 0:04:38  
14 Euskaltel Euskadi 0:04:44  
15 Orica - GreenEDGE 0:07:22  
16 Node 4 - Giordana 0:10:28  
17 Great Britain 0:10:32  
General classification after stage 1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky Procycling 4:50:55  
2 Rony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:00:03  
3 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 0:00:04  
4 Russell Downing (GBr) Endura Racing 0:00:06  
5 Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:00:10  
6 Peter Hawkins (Irl) IG - Sigma Sport    
7 Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
8 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
9 Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (GBr) Endura Racing    
10 Ben Grenda (Aus) Rapha Condor    
11 Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling    
12 Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp    
13 Chris Opie (GBr) UK Youth Cycling    
14 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
15 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) IG - Sigma Sport    
16 Yanto Barker (GBr) UK Youth Cycling    
17 Niklas Gustavsson (Swe) UK Youth Cycling    
18 Sam Bennett (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly    
19 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
20 Richard Lang (Aus) Rapha Condor    
21 Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge Cycling Team    
22 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
23 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) UK Youth Cycling    
24 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling    
25 Paul Voss (Ger) Endura Racing    
26 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling    
27 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge Cycling Team    
28 Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) An Post - Sean Kelly    
29 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
30 Marco Benffato (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
31 Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin-Sharp    
32 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling    
33 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp    
34 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Garmin-Sharp    
35 Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin-Sharp    
36 Blaz Jarc (Slo) Team Netapp    
37 Zak Dempster (Aus) Endura Racing 0:01:35  
38 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
39 Robert Förster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 0:01:39  
40 Leopold Koenig (Cze) Team Netapp    
41 Ronan Mclaughlin (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly    
42 David Clarke (GBr) Node 4 - Giordana 0:01:40  
43 David Le Lay (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
44 Jacek Morajko (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:01:42  
45 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team Netapp    
46 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
47 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
48 Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp    
49 Richard Handley (GBr) Rapha Condor    
50 Graham Briggs (GBr) Raleigh - GAC    
51 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) Raleigh - GAC    
52 Christofer Stevenson (Swe) UK Youth Cycling    
53 Kai Reus (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 0:01:44  
54 Adrian Saez de Arregui (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
55 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
56 Dan Craven (Nam) IG - Sigma Sport    
57 Wouter Sybrandy (Ned) IG - Sigma Sport    
58 Evan Oliphant (GBr) Raleigh - GAC    
59 Josh Edmondson (GBr) Great Britain    
60 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
61 Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) Node 4 - Giordana 0:01:46  
62 Pierre Cazaux (Fra) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
63 Matthias Krizek (Aut) Liquigas-Cannondale    
64 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team Netapp    
65 Simon Yates (GBr) Great Britain    
66 Michael Cuming (GBr) Rapha Condor    
67 Tom Last (GBr) IG - Sigma Sport 0:03:51  
68 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor 0:04:11  
69 Marc De Maar (AHo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 0:04:20  
70 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:04:31  
71 Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) Endura Racing    
72 Ian Bibby (GBr) Endura Racing 0:04:32  
73 Jamie Sparling (Can) Raleigh - GAC    
74 Victor Cabedo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:06:28  
75 Jonny Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 0:07:29  
76 Niels Wytinck (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly 0:07:30  
77 Mathew Cronshaw (GBr) Node 4 - Giordana 0:07:32  
78 Peter Williams (GBr) Node 4 - Giordana    
79 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica-GreenEdge Cycling Team    
80 Wesley Kreder (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
81 Mark McNally (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly    
82 Rico Rogers (NZl) Node 4 - Giordana    
83 Jack Bobridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge Cycling Team    
84 Christopher Jennings (RSA) Rapha Condor    
85 Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly    
86 George Atkins (GBr) Great Britain    
87 Owain Doull (GBr) Great Britain    
88 Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
89 Michael Northey (NZl) Node 4 - Giordana    
90 Russell Hampton (GBr) Raleigh - GAC    
91 Liam Holohan (GBr) Raleigh - GAC    
92 Tom Moses (GBr) Great Britain    
93 Alistair Slater (GBr) Great Britain    
94 Simon Richardson (GBr) IG - Sigma Sport    
95 Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge Cycling Team    
96 Lachlan Morton (Aus) Garmin-Sharp    
97 Jacob Rathe (USA) Garmin-Sharp    
98 David McGowan (GBr) UK Youth Cycling    
99 Ricardo Garcia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:08:55  
Points classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky Procycling 15  pts
2 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 14  
3 Russell Downing (GBr) Endura Racing 13  
4 Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 12  
5 Peter Hawkins (Irl) IG - Sigma Sport 11  
6 Rony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 10  
7 Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 9  
8 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 8  
9 Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (GBr) Endura Racing 7  
10 Ben Grenda (Aus) Rapha Condor 6  
11 Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling 5  
12 Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp 4  
13 Chris Opie (GBr) UK Youth Cycling 3  
14 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 2  
15 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) IG - Sigma Sport 1  
Sprint classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Rony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 12  pts
2 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor 9  
3 Jonny Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 7  
4 Niels Wytinck (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly 5  
Mountains classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor 12  pts
2 Niels Wytinck (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly 9  
3 Rony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 4  
4 Jonny Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 4  
5 Lachlan Morton (Aus) Garmin-Sharp 1  
Teams classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Saur Sojasun 14:33:15  
2 Sky Procycling    
3 Endura Racing    
4 UK Youth Cycling    
5 Liquigas - Cannondale    
6 Garmin - Sharp    
7 An Post Sean Kelly 0:01:29  
8 Team NetApp    
9 Rapha Condor 0:01:32  
10 IG - Sigma Sport 0:01:34  
11 UnitedHealthcare 0:02:54  
12 Vacansoleil - DCM 0:03:04  
13 Raleigh - GAC 0:04:38  
14 Euskaltel Euskadi 0:04:44  
15 Orica - GreenEDGE 0:07:22  
16 Node 4 - Giordana 0:10:28  
17 Great Britain 0:10:32  

 

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