Rowe wins first stage of Tour of Britain for Sky

Welshman takes race lead

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) TeamResult
1Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky Procycling4:51:05 
2Boy Van Poppel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
3Russell Downing (GBr) Endura Racing  
4Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
5Peter Hawkins (Irl) IG - Sigma Sport  
6Rony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
7Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
8Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
9Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (GBr) Endura Racing  
10Ben Grenda (Aus) Rapha Condor  
11Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling  
12Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp  
13Chris Opie (GBr) UK Youth Cycling  
14Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
15Daniel Lloyd (GBr) IG - Sigma Sport  
16Yanto Barker (GBr) UK Youth Cycling  
17Niklas Gustavsson (Swe) UK Youth Cycling  
18Sam Bennett (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly  
19Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
20Richard Lang (Aus) Rapha Condor  
21Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge Cycling Team  
22Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
23Magnus Backstedt (Swe) UK Youth Cycling  
24Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling  
25Zak Dempster (Aus) Endura Racing0:01:25 
26Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
27Paul Voss (Ger) Endura Racing0:00:00 
28Robert Förster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team0:01:29 
29Leopold Koenig (Cze) Team Netapp  
30Ronan Mclaughlin (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly  
31David Clarke (GBr) Node 4 - Giordana0:01:30 
32David Le Lay (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
33Jacek Morajko (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:01:32 
34Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team Netapp  
35Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
36Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
37Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp  
38Richard Handley (GBr) Rapha Condor  
39Graham Briggs (GBr) Raleigh - GAC  
40Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) Raleigh - GAC  
41Christofer Stevenson (Swe) UK Youth Cycling  
42Kai Reus (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team0:01:34 
43Adrian Saez de Arregui (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
44Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
45Dan Craven (Nam) IG - Sigma Sport  
46Wouter Sybrandy (Ned) IG - Sigma Sport  
47Evan Oliphant (GBr) Raleigh - GAC  
48Josh Edmondson (GBr) Great Britain  
49Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
50Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling0:00:00 
51Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) Node 4 - Giordana0:01:36 
52Pierre Cazaux (Fra) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
53Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge Cycling Team0:00:00 
54Matthias Krizek (Aut) Liquigas-Cannondale0:01:36 
55Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team Netapp  
56Simon Yates (GBr) Great Britain  
57Michael Cuming (GBr) Rapha Condor  
58Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) An Post - Sean Kelly0:00:00 
59Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
60Tom Last (GBr) IG - Sigma Sport0:03:41 
61Marco Benffato (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:00 
62Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin-Sharp0:00:00 
63Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling0:00:00 
64Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp0:00:00 
65Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor0:04:07 
66Marc De Maar (AHo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team0:04:10 
67Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Garmin-Sharp0:00:00 
68Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Sky Procycling0:04:21 
69Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) Endura Racing  
70Ian Bibby (GBr) Endura Racing0:04:22 
71Jamie Sparling (Can) Raleigh - GAC  
72Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin-Sharp0:00:00 
73Blaz Jarc (Slo) Team Netapp  
74Victor Cabedo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:06:18 
75Mathew Cronshaw (GBr) Node 4 - Giordana0:07:22 
76Peter Williams (GBr) Node 4 - Giordana  
77Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica-GreenEdge Cycling Team  
78Wesley Kreder (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
79Mark McNally (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly  
80Rico Rogers (NZl) Node 4 - Giordana  
81Jack Bobridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge Cycling Team  
82Christopher Jennings (RSA) Rapha Condor  
83Niels Wytinck (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
84Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
85George Atkins (GBr) Great Britain  
86Owain Doull (GBr) Great Britain  
87Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
88Michael Northey (NZl) Node 4 - Giordana  
89Russell Hampton (GBr) Raleigh - GAC  
90Liam Holohan (GBr) Raleigh - GAC  
91Tom Moses (GBr) Great Britain  
92Alistair Slater (GBr) Great Britain  
93Simon Richardson (GBr) IG - Sigma Sport  
94Jonny Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
95Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge Cycling Team  
96Lachlan Morton (Aus) Garmin-Sharp  
97Jacob Rathe (USA) Garmin-Sharp  
98David McGowan (GBr) UK Youth Cycling  
99Ricardo Garcia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:08:45 
DNFWillem Wauters (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky Procycling15 pts
2Boy Van Poppel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team14 
3Russell Downing (GBr) Endura Racing13 
4Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun12 
5Peter Hawkins (Irl) IG - Sigma Sport11 
6Rony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun10 
7Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team9 
8Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale8 
9Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (GBr) Endura Racing7 
10Ben Grenda (Aus) Rapha Condor6 
11Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling5 
12Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp4 
13Chris Opie (GBr) UK Youth Cycling3 
14Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun2 
15Daniel Lloyd (GBr) IG - Sigma Sport1 
Mountain 1 - Snape (Cat 3) km. 24.9
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor4 pts
2Niels Wytinck (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly3 
3Rony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun2 
4Jonny Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team1 
Mountain 2 - Westleton (Cat 3) km. 49.1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor4 pts
2Niels Wytinck (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly3 
3Rony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun2 
4Jonny Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team1 
Mountain 3 - Swanton Morley (Cat 3) km. 175.9
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor4 pts
2Niels Wytinck (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly3 
3Jonny Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team2 
4Lachlan Morton (Aus) Garmin-Sharp1 
Sprint 1 - Melton, km. 9.2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun5 pts
2Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor3 
3Niels Wytinck (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly2 
4Jonny Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team1 
Sprint 2 - Great Yarmouth, km. 105.3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jonny Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team5 pts
2Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor3 
3Rony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun2 
4Niels Wytinck (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly1 
Sprint 3 - Coltishall, km. 140.9
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun5 pts
2Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor3 
3Niels Wytinck (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly2 
4Jonny Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team1 
Rouleur Combativity Award
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Niels Wytinck (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Saur Sojasun14:33:15 
2Sky Procycling  
3Endura Racing  
4UK Youth Cycling  
5Liquigas - Cannondale  
6Garmin - Sharp  
7An Post Sean Kelly0:01:29 
8Team NetApp  
9Rapha Condor0:01:32 
10IG - Sigma Sport0:01:34 
11UnitedHealthcare0:02:54 
12Vacansoleil - DCM0:03:04 
13Raleigh - GAC0:04:38 
14Euskaltel Euskadi0:04:44 
15Orica - GreenEDGE0:07:22 
16Node 4 - Giordana0:10:28 
17Great Britain0:10:32 
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky Procycling4:50:55 
2Rony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:03 
3Boy Van Poppel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team0:00:04 
4Russell Downing (GBr) Endura Racing0:00:06 
5Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:10 
6Peter Hawkins (Irl) IG - Sigma Sport  
7Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
8Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
9Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (GBr) Endura Racing  
10Ben Grenda (Aus) Rapha Condor  
11Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling  
12Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp  
13Chris Opie (GBr) UK Youth Cycling  
14Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
15Daniel Lloyd (GBr) IG - Sigma Sport  
16Yanto Barker (GBr) UK Youth Cycling  
17Niklas Gustavsson (Swe) UK Youth Cycling  
18Sam Bennett (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly  
19Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
20Richard Lang (Aus) Rapha Condor  
21Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge Cycling Team  
22Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
23Magnus Backstedt (Swe) UK Youth Cycling  
24Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling  
25Paul Voss (Ger) Endura Racing  
26Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling  
27Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge Cycling Team  
28Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) An Post - Sean Kelly  
29Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
30Marco Benffato (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
31Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin-Sharp  
32Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling  
33Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp  
34Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Garmin-Sharp  
35Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin-Sharp  
36Blaz Jarc (Slo) Team Netapp  
37Zak Dempster (Aus) Endura Racing0:01:35 
38Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
39Robert Förster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team0:01:39 
40Leopold Koenig (Cze) Team Netapp  
41Ronan Mclaughlin (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly  
42David Clarke (GBr) Node 4 - Giordana0:01:40 
43David Le Lay (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
44Jacek Morajko (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:01:42 
45Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team Netapp  
46Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
47Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
48Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp  
49Richard Handley (GBr) Rapha Condor  
50Graham Briggs (GBr) Raleigh - GAC  
51Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) Raleigh - GAC  
52Christofer Stevenson (Swe) UK Youth Cycling  
53Kai Reus (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team0:01:44 
54Adrian Saez de Arregui (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
55Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
56Dan Craven (Nam) IG - Sigma Sport  
57Wouter Sybrandy (Ned) IG - Sigma Sport  
58Evan Oliphant (GBr) Raleigh - GAC  
59Josh Edmondson (GBr) Great Britain  
60Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
61Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) Node 4 - Giordana0:01:46 
62Pierre Cazaux (Fra) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
63Matthias Krizek (Aut) Liquigas-Cannondale  
64Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team Netapp  
65Simon Yates (GBr) Great Britain  
66Michael Cuming (GBr) Rapha Condor  
67Tom Last (GBr) IG - Sigma Sport0:03:51 
68Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor0:04:11 
69Marc De Maar (AHo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team0:04:20 
70Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Sky Procycling0:04:31 
71Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) Endura Racing  
72Ian Bibby (GBr) Endura Racing0:04:32 
73Jamie Sparling (Can) Raleigh - GAC  
74Victor Cabedo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:06:28 
75Jonny Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team0:07:29 
76Niels Wytinck (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly0:07:30 
77Mathew Cronshaw (GBr) Node 4 - Giordana0:07:32 
78Peter Williams (GBr) Node 4 - Giordana  
79Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica-GreenEdge Cycling Team  
80Wesley Kreder (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
81Mark McNally (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly  
82Rico Rogers (NZl) Node 4 - Giordana  
83Jack Bobridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge Cycling Team  
84Christopher Jennings (RSA) Rapha Condor  
85Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
86George Atkins (GBr) Great Britain  
87Owain Doull (GBr) Great Britain  
88Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
89Michael Northey (NZl) Node 4 - Giordana  
90Russell Hampton (GBr) Raleigh - GAC  
91Liam Holohan (GBr) Raleigh - GAC  
92Tom Moses (GBr) Great Britain  
93Alistair Slater (GBr) Great Britain  
94Simon Richardson (GBr) IG - Sigma Sport  
95Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge Cycling Team  
96Lachlan Morton (Aus) Garmin-Sharp  
97Jacob Rathe (USA) Garmin-Sharp  
98David McGowan (GBr) UK Youth Cycling  
99Ricardo Garcia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:08:55 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky Procycling15 pts
2Boy Van Poppel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team14 
3Russell Downing (GBr) Endura Racing13 
4Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun12 
5Peter Hawkins (Irl) IG - Sigma Sport11 
6Rony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun10 
7Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team9 
8Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale8 
9Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (GBr) Endura Racing7 
10Ben Grenda (Aus) Rapha Condor6 
11Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling5 
12Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp4 
13Chris Opie (GBr) UK Youth Cycling3 
14Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun2 
15Daniel Lloyd (GBr) IG - Sigma Sport1 
Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun12 pts
2Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor9 
3Jonny Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team7 
4Niels Wytinck (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly5 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor12 pts
2Niels Wytinck (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly9 
3Rony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun4 
4Jonny Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team4 
5Lachlan Morton (Aus) Garmin-Sharp1 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Saur Sojasun14:33:15 
2Sky Procycling  
3Endura Racing  
4UK Youth Cycling  
5Liquigas - Cannondale  
6Garmin - Sharp  
7An Post Sean Kelly0:01:29 
8Team NetApp  
9Rapha Condor0:01:32 
10IG - Sigma Sport0:01:34 
11UnitedHealthcare0:02:54 
12Vacansoleil - DCM0:03:04 
13Raleigh - GAC0:04:38 
14Euskaltel Euskadi0:04:44 
15Orica - GreenEDGE0:07:22 
16Node 4 - Giordana0:10:28 
17Great Britain0:10:32 

 

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