Tour of Britain: Elia Viviani wins stage one

Cannondale rider takes opening stage

Elia Viviani (Cannondale) won the opening stage of the Tour of Britain, beating Alessandro Petacchi (Omega Pharma QuickStep) and Gerald Ciolek (MTN-Qhubeka) to the line after 201km of racing from Peebles to Drumlanrig Castle.

The Italian timed his sprint to perfection, coming through to take the win as a number of sprinters found themselves either boxed in or too slow to react.

Britain's Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) was too far back to contest the sprint for the win but finished safely in the main back. However a crash on the line did take down a number of riders.

Kristian House (Rapha Condor), Christophe Laborie (Sojasun), Aaron Gate (AN Post Chain Reaction), Peter Hawkins (IG Sigma Sport) and Ben Greenwood (IG Sigma Sport) formed the earlier stage move.

They built up a lead of over five minutes over the undulating terrain. Weather conditions played their part, with rain and blustery winds hammering the riders and with 100km to go the five riders had lost almost half of their lead.

Sky and Omega Pharma-QuickStep commanded the head of the peloton for much of the stage but when the leaders were closed to within 50 seconds with 44km of racing remaining Sojasun played their second card, with Anthony Delaplace skipping away from the bunch and then the break.

The Frenchman was not on the original start list for the race but his intent was a clear indication of why his team had brought him as he built up a lead approaching 45 seconds. Out of the saddle through the Scottish countryside, Omega ushered Iljo Keisse into position at the front of the peloton. The Belgian track specialist was given reinforcements in the form of Bernhard Eisel and his Sky teammates but Delaplace’s urgency through the tight, twisting road meant that his advantage reached 1:32 with less than 30km remaining.

As he approached Drumlanrig Castle, Sky’s efforts had reduced the Frenchman’s lead to just over a minute. However as the Frenchman began to lose his momentum his lead dropped to 28 seconds with 15km remaining.

When Delaplace was caught, Alex Dowsett (Movistar) launched a surprising attack with 12km to go. The British time trial champion was reeled in soon after but his move brought a number of teams into play, with Garmin and Cannondale moving to the front.

It was Garmin who dominated the front of the field inside the final 5km, perhaps well aware of how their sprinter Tyler Farrar crashed out of the race last year.


#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling6:04:43 
2Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team  
3Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka  
4Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
5Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling  
6Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Sojasun  
7Shane Archbold (NZl) An Post-Chainreaction  
8Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Great Britain  
9Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin-Sharp  
10James Williamson (NZl) Node 4-Giordana Racing  
11Andrew Tennant (GBr) Madison Genesis  
12Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team  
13Dean Downing (GBr) Madison Genesis  
14Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura  
15Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Team UK Youth  
16Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling  
17Nicolas Vereecken (Bel) An Post-Chainreaction  
18Evan Oliphant (GBr) Team Raleigh  
19Yanto Barker (GBr) Team UK Youth  
20Michael James Northey (NZl) Node 4-Giordana Racing  
21Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team  
22Owain Doull (GBr) Great Britain  
23Thomas Scully (NZl) Team Raleigh  
24Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team  
25Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team  
26David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Sky Procycling  
27Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team  
28Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka  
29Robert Partridge (GBr) Team UK Youth  
30Michael Cuming (GBr) RCJ  
31Mark Mcnally (GBr) An Post-Chainreaction  
32Lachlan Norris (Aus) Team Raleigh  
33Simon Yates (GBr) Great Britain  
34Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
35Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) MTN-Qhubeka  
36Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling  
37Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling  
38Sean Downey (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction  
39Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp-Endura  
40Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
41Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Sojasun  
42Steven Lampier (GBr) Node 4-Giordana Racing  
43Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling  
44David Lelay (Fra) Sojasun  
45Blaz Jarc (Slo) Team NetApp-Endura  
46Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team  
47Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team  
48Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team  
49Jonathan Mould (GBr) Team UK Youth  
50Peter Williams (GBr) Team IG-Sigma Sport  
51Marc De Maar (AHo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
52Richard Handley (GBr) RCJ  
53Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team  
54Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp  
55Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
56Thomas Moses (GBr) Team Raleigh  
57Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team  
58Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) Team UK Youth  
59Adam Yates (GBr) Great Britain  
60Jacob Rathe (USA) Garmin-Sharp  
61Liam Holohan (GBr) Madison Genesis  
62Shem Rodger (NZl) Node 4-Giordana Racing  
63Matthias Krizek (Aut) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
64Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:00:52 
65Nicolò Martinello (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
66Philip Deignan (Irl) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
67Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling  
68Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
69Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling0:00:54 
70James Moss (GBr) Team IG-Sigma Sport  
71Wouter Sybrandy (Ned) Team IG-Sigma Sport  
72Sacha Modolo (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
73Mathew Cronshaw (GBr) Team IG-Sigma Sport  
74Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling  
75Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) IAM Cycling0:01:26 
76Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin-Sharp  
77Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Sharp  
78Kristian House (GBr) RCJ0:01:30 
79Will Stephenson (GBr) RCJ0:01:31 
80Meran Russan (Eri) MTN-Qhubeka  
81Jérémie Galland (Fra) Sojasun0:01:34 
82Erick Rowsell (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura  
83Alexander Wetterhall (Swe) Team NetApp-Endura  
84Alexandre Blain (Fra) Team Raleigh  
85Hugh Carthy (GBr) RCJ0:01:55 
86Ian Bibby (GBr) Madison Genesis0:01:56 
87Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
88Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
89Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
90Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
91Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin-Sharp  
92Peter Hawkins (Irl) Team IG-Sigma Sport  
93Juraj Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
94Alistair Slater (GBr) Great Britain  
95Roman Van Uden (NZl) Node 4-Giordana Racing  
96Ferekalsi Debesay Abrha (Eri) MTN-Qhubeka  
97Dominic Jelfs (Irl) Madison Genesis  
98Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura  
99Alex Peters (GBr) Madison Genesis  
100John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
101Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Sky Procycling  
102George Atkins (GBr) Great Britain  
103Aaron Gate (NZl) An Post-Chainreaction  
104Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team  
105Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling  
106Mark Christian (GBr) Team Raleigh  
107Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun  
108Christophe Laborie (Fra) Sojasun  
109Luke Grivell-Mellor (GBr) RCJ  
110Chris Opie (GBr) Team UK Youth  
111Ben Greenwood (GBr) Team IG-Sigma Sport  
112Sam Bennett (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction  
113Daniel Barry (NZl) Node 4-Giordana Racing  
114Jim Songezo (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka  
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling6:04:33 
2Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team0:00:04 
3Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka0:00:06 
4Aaron Gate (NZl) An Post-Chainreaction  
5Christophe Laborie (Fra) Sojasun  
6Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun0:00:07 
7Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin-Sharp0:00:08 
8Peter Hawkins (Irl) Team IG-Sigma Sport  
9Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling0:00:09 
10Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:00:10 
11Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling  
12Evaldas Siskevicius (Lit) Sojasun  
13Shane Archbold (NZl) An Post-Chainreaction  
14Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Great Britain  
15Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin-Sharp  
16James Williamson (NZl) Node 4-Giordana Racing  
17Andrew Tennant (GBr) Madison Genesis  
18Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team  
19Dean Downing (GBr) Madison Genesis  
20Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura  
21Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Team UK Youth  
22Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling  
23Nicolas Vereecken (Bel) An Post-Chainreaction  
24Evan Oliphant (GBr) Team Raleigh  
25Yanto Barker (GBr) Team UK Youth  
26Michael James Northey (NZl) Node 4-Giordana Racing  
27Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team  
28Owain Doull (GBr) Great Britain  
29Thomas Scully (NZl) Team Raleigh  
30Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team  
31Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team  
32David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Sky Procycling  
33Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team  
34Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka  
35Robert Partridge (GBr) Team UK Youth  
36Michael Cuming (GBr) RCJ  
37Mark Mcnally (GBr) An Post-Chainreaction  
38Lachlan Norris (Aus) Team Raleigh  
39Simon Yates (GBr) Great Britain  
40Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
41Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) MTN-Qhubeka  
42Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling  
43Sean Downey (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction  
44Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp-Endura  
45Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
46Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Sojasun  
47Steven Lampier (GBr) Node 4-Giordana Racing  
48Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling  
49David Lelay (Fra) Sojasun  
50Blaz Jarc (Slo) Team NetApp-Endura  
51Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team  
52Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team  
53Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team  
54Jonathan Mould (GBr) Team UK Youth  
55Peter Williams (GBr) Team IG-Sigma Sport  
56Marc De Maar (Ant) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
57Richard Handley (GBr) RCJ  
58Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team  
59Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp  
60Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
61Thomas Moses (GBr) Team Raleigh  
62Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team  
63Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) Team UK Youth  
64Adam Yates (GBr) Great Britain  
65Jacob Rathe (USA) Garmin-Sharp  
66Liam Holohan (GBr) Madison Genesis  
67Shem Rodger (NZl) Node 4-Giordana Racing  
68Matthias Krizek (Aut) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
69Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling  
70Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
71James Moss (GBr) Team IG-Sigma Sport  
72Wouter Sybrandy (Ned) Team IG-Sigma Sport  
73Sacha Modolo (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
74Mathew Cronshaw (GBr) Team IG-Sigma Sport  
75Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling  
76Erick Rowsell (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura  
77Alexander Wetterhall (Swe) Team NetApp-Endura  
78Alexandre Blain (Fra) Team Raleigh  
79Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
80Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
81Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
82Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
83Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin-Sharp  
84Juraj Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
85Alistair Slater (GBr) Great Britain  
86Roman Van Uden (NZl) Node 4-Giordana Racing  
87Ferekalsi Debesay Abrha (Eri) MTN-Qhubeka  
88Dominic Jelfs (Irl) Madison Genesis  
89Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura  
90Alex Peters (GBr) Madison Genesis  
91John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
92Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Sky Procycling  
93George Atkins (GBr) Great Britain  
94Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team  
95Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling  
96Mark Christian (GBr) Team Raleigh  
97Luke Grivell-Mellor (GBr) RCJ  
98Chris Opie (GBr) Team UK Youth  
99Ben Greenwood (GBr) Team IG-Sigma Sport  
100Sam Bennett (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction  
101Daniel Barry (NZl) Node 4-Giordana Racing  
102Jim Songezo (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka  
103Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Sharp0:00:30 
104Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:01:02 
105Nicolò Martinello (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
106Philip Deignan (Irl) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
107Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling0:01:04 
108Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) IAM Cycling0:01:36 
109Kristian House (GBr) RCJ0:01:38 
110Will Stephenson (GBr) RCJ0:01:41 
111Meran Russan (Eri) MTN-Qhubeka  
112Jérémie Galland (Fra) Sojasun0:01:44 
113Hugh Carthy (GBr) RCJ0:02:05 
114Ian Bibby (GBr) Madison Genesis0:02:06 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kristian House (GBr) RCJ  
Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Aaron Gate (NZl) An Post-Chainreaction  
Best young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Great Britain  

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