Tour of Britain: Kittel wins stage 1 in Liverpool

Giant-Shimano rider out-sprints Ruffoni and Cavendish

Marcel Kittel won the first stage and took the race lead at the Tour of Britain. The German sprinter for Giant-Shimano nosed out his rivals after 130 kilometers on a circuit course around Liverpool. Nicola Ruffoni (Bardiani-CSF) was second and local favourite Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) third.

"It was really messy at the finish - it's always difficult when you have a downhill section in the final kilometre as it becomes really fast and harder to hold position," Kittell said.

The race opened with a criterium stage, eight laps of a 13.1km city course through Liverpool. A break formed on the first lap, with Richard Handley (Rapha Condor JTL), Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani CSF), Mark McNally (An Post-Chainreaction) and Jonathan Mould (NFTO) building up a gap of about 1:15 for the first few laps. It was up to 1:44 with 40km left to go.

It couldn’t last, though, and with 10km to go, the gap was down to 25 seconds. Handley dropped back to the field as Manuele Boaro (Tinkoff-Saxo) jumped to try and bridge up. Omega Pharma-QuickStep led the chase, with the three leaders looking back nervously.

Steve Cummings (BMC) was the next to attack, but he was swallowed up by the onrushing field, with the three leaders soon caught as well.

With 3.4km to go, the break was over and the race started anew. Brad Wiggins (Sky) moved to the front and pushed the pace, with NetApp backing him up.

NetApp led the way into the final kilometer before giving way to Giant-Shimano. An NFTO rider jumped for the sprint, but too early, and was blown away as Kittel rushed past him to take the win and the leader’s jersey.

"The team were strong today, controlling the race then we had to come really late for the lead-out. We found a way through on the right and this worked well," Kittel said.

"It's good to win the first stage. It's really nice to see the reaction of the spectators here - a lot of people came out to the race today."

The former world champion Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) could not get out of the saddle in the final sprint due to his injuries but managed to take third. Cavendish's crash happened after he was forced to change his cleats mid-stage. During the chase back he was forced to take immediate action after a car in front of him hit the brakes.

"I had to change my cleats in the beginning of the stage. I was coming back after and I was behind a car. Someone had to stop for a puncture so the car slammed on its brakes, and there was an island in the road. If I went right, I would hit a traffic island, so I went left and I whacked another car. I hit it with my left leg and I was down on the road," he said in a team press release.

"I felt immediately a lot of pain on my quadriceps," he added. "It took me a lap to come back even because our team car couldn't assist me immediately because it was on the front. At that point I wasn't planning to sprint either, it was painful. But after a couple of laps we decided to just try anyway, but sprint seated because I was in pain. I still got third, but it's a shame because I really wanted to try and win in front of the British public."

 

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano2:16:35 
2Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
3Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-QuickStep  
4Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp  
5Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky  
6Markus Barry (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
7Daniel McLay (GBr) Great Britain  
8Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling  
9Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo  
10Enrique Sanz Unzue (Esp) Movistar Team  
11Alex Peters (GBr) Madison Genesis  
12Sam Bennett (Irl) Team NetApp-Endura  
13Sebastian Lander (Den) BMC Racing Team  
14Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
15Yanto Barker (GBr) Team Raleigh  
16Adam Blythe (GBr) NFTO  
17Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Team Raleigh  
18Bol Jetse (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
19Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
20Chris Opie (GBr) Rapha Condor JTL  
21Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team  
22Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
23Jérôme Pineau (Fra) IAM Cycling  
24Owain Doull (GBr) An Post-Chainreaction  
25Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Team Raleigh  
26Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-QuickStep  
27Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
28James Lowsley Williams (GBr) NFTO  
29Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
30Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Team Raleigh  
31Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka  
32Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-QuickStep  
33Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling  
34Mark Renshaw (Aus) Omega Pharma-QuickStep  
35Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Sky  
36Germain Burton (GBr) Great Britain  
37Thomas Stewart (GBr) Madison Genesis  
38Christopher Lawless (GBr) Great Britain  
39Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Giant-Shimano  
40Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
41Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling  
42Martin Kohler (Sui) BMC Racing Team  
43Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor JTL  
44Robert Partridge (GBr) Giordana Racing Team  
45Rory Sutherland (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo  
46Hugh Carthy (GBr) Rapha Condor JTL  
47Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team Sky  
48Jon Izagirre Insausti (Esp) Movistar Team  
49Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
50George Atkins (GBr) Team Raleigh  
51Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Garmin-Sharp  
52Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin-Sharp  
53Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) MTN-Qhubeka  
54Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
55Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
56Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-QuickStep  
57Dennis Van Niekerk (Rsa) MTN-Qhubeka  
58Christopher Latham (GBr) Great Britain  
59Sébastien Reichenbach (Sui) IAM Cycling  
60Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
61Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
62Thomas Moses (GBr) Rapha Condor JTL  
63Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo  
64Leopold König (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura  
65Pablo Lastras Garcia (Esp) Movistar Team  
66Thomas Scully (NZl) Madison Genesis  
67Jack Wilson (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction  
68Maarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
69Dale Appleby (GBr) NFTO  
70Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura  
71Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura  
72Ian Bibby (GBr) Madison Genesis  
73Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura  
74Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky  
75Lars-Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
76Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo  
77Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team  
78Bradley Morgan (GBr) Giordana Racing Team  
79Karel Hnik (Cze) MTN-Qhubeka  
80Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team  
81Joshua Hunt (GBr) NFTO  
82Linus Gerdemann (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka  
83Kevin Ista (Bel) IAM Cycling  
84Jonathan Mould (GBr) NFTO  
85David Lopez Garcia (Esp) Team Sky  
86David Lozano Riba (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk  
87Ryan Mullen (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction  
88Richard Handley (GBr) Rapha Condor JTL  
89Michael Cumings (GBr) Rapha Condor JTL  
90Mark McNally (GBr) An Post-Chainreaction  
91Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep  
92Dylan Girdlestone (Rsa) Garmin-Sharp  
93Mark Christian (GBr) Team Raleigh  
94Songezo Jim (Rsa) MTN-Qhubeka  
95James Moss (GBr) Giordana Racing Team  
96Steve Lampier (GBr) Giordana Racing Team  
97Rick Flens (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
98Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk  
99Samuel Harrison (GBr) NFTO  
100Liam Holohan (GBr) Madison Genesis  
101Daniel Pearson (GBr) Great Britain  
102Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Great Britain  
103Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team  
104Nicolas Roche (Irl) Tinkoff-Saxo  
105Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
106Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Movistar Team  
107Nathan Edmondson (GBr) Giordana Racing Team  
108Michael James Northey (NZl) Madison Genesis  
109Marcin Bialobloski (Pol) Giordana Racing Team  
110Glen O'Shea (Aus) An Post-Chainreaction  
111Javier Megias Leal (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk  
112Andrea Piechele (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
113Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Garmin-Sharp  
114Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Sharp  
115Shane Archbold (NZl) An Post-Chainreaction  
116Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo  
117Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team NetApp-Endura  
118Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky  
119Brian Bulgac (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
120Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk  
Sprint 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF3 pts
2Jonathan Mould (GBr) NFTO2 
3Richard Handley (GBr) Rapha Condor JTL1 
Sprint 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF3 pts
2Jonathan Mould (GBr) NFTO2 
3Richard Handley (GBr) Rapha Condor JTL1 
Sprint 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF3 pts
2Jonathan Mould (GBr) NFTO2 
3Richard Handley (GBr) Rapha Condor JTL1 
Finish
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano15 pts
2Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF14 
3Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-QuickStep13 
4Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp12 
5Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky11 
6Markus Barry (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team10 
7Daniel McLay (GBr) Great Britain9 
8Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling8 
9Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo7 
10Enrique Sanz Unzue (Esp) Movistar Team6 
11Alex Peters (GBr) Madison Genesis5 
12Sam Bennett (Irl) Team NetApp-Endura4 
13Sebastian Lander (Den) BMC Racing Team3 
14Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team2 
15Yanto Barker (GBr) Team Raleigh1 
Mountain 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mark McNally (GBr) An Post-Chainreaction4 pts
2Richard Handley (GBr) Rapha Condor JTL3 
3Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF2 
4Jonathan Mould (GBr) NFTO1 
Mountain 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mark McNally (GBr) An Post-Chainreaction4 pts
2Richard Handley (GBr) Rapha Condor JTL3 
3Jonathan Mould (GBr) NFTO2 
4Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF1 
Mountain 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mark McNally (GBr) An Post-Chainreaction4 pts
2Richard Handley (GBr) Rapha Condor JTL3 
3Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF2 
4Jonathan Mould (GBr) NFTO1 
Team
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Belkin Pro Cycling Team6:49:45 
2Team Raleigh  
3Team Giant-Shimano  
4Omega Pharma-QuickStep  
5IAM Cycling  
6BMC Racing Team  
7Movistar Team  
8Great Britain  
9Team Sky  
10Bardiani CSF  
11Garmin-Sharp  
12Rapha Condor JLT  
13NFTO  
14Madison Genesis  
15Tinkoff-Saxo  
16Team Novo Nordisk  
17MTN - Qhubeka  
18Team NetApp-Endura  
19An Post - Chainreaction  
20Giordana Racing Team  
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano2:16:25 
2Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:00:01 
3Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:00:04 
5Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-QuickStep0:00:06 
6Richard Handley (GBr) Rapha Condor JTL0:00:07 
7Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp0:00:10 
8Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky  
9Markus Barry (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
10Daniel McLay (GBr) Great Britain  
11Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling  
12Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo  
13Enrique Sanz Unzue (Esp) Movistar Team  
14Alex Peters (GBr) Madison Genesis  
15Sam Bennett (Irl) Team NetApp-Endura  
16Sebastian Lander (Den) BMC Racing Team  
17Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
18Yanto Barker (GBr) Team Raleigh  
19Adam Blythe (GBr) NFTO  
20Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Team Raleigh  
21Bol Jetse (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
22Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
23Chris Opie (GBr) Rapha Condor JTL  
24Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team  
25Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
26Jérôme Pineau (Fra) IAM Cycling  
27Owain Doull (GBr) An Post-Chainreaction  
28Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Team Raleigh  
29Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-QuickStep  
30Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
31James Lowsley Williams (GBr) NFTO  
32Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
33Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Team Raleigh  
34Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka  
35Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-QuickStep  
36Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling  
37Mark Renshaw (Aus) Omega Pharma-QuickStep  
38Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Sky  
39Germain Burton (GBr) Great Britain  
40Thomas Stewart (GBr) Madison Genesis  
41Christopher Lawless (GBr) Great Britain  
42Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Giant-Shimano  
43Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
44Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling  
45Martin Kohler (Sui) BMC Racing Team  
46Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor JTL  
47Robert Partridge (GBr) Giordana Racing Team  
48Rory Sutherland (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo  
49Hugh Carthy (GBr) Rapha Condor JTL  
50Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team Sky  
51Jon Izagirre Insausti (Esp) Movistar Team  
52Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
53George Atkins (GBr) Team Raleigh  
54Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Garmin-Sharp  
55Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin-Sharp  
56Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) MTN-Qhubeka  
57Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
58Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
59Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-QuickStep  
60Dennis Van Niekerk (Rsa) MTN-Qhubeka  
61Christopher Latham (GBr) Great Britain  
62Sébastien Reichenbach (Sui) IAM Cycling  
63Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
64Thomas Moses (GBr) Rapha Condor JTL  
65Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo  
66Leopold König (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura  
67Pablo Lastras Garcia (Esp) Movistar Team  
68Thomas Scully (NZl) Madison Genesis  
69Jack Wilson (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction  
70Maarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
71Dale Appleby (GBr) NFTO  
72Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura  
73Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura  
74Ian Bibby (GBr) Madison Genesis  
75Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura  
76Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky  
77Lars-Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
78Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo  
79Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team  
80Bradley Morgan (GBr) Giordana Racing Team  
81Karel Hnik (Cze) MTN-Qhubeka  
82Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team  
83Joshua Hunt (GBr) NFTO  
84Linus Gerdemann (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka  
85Kevin Ista (Bel) IAM Cycling  
86David Lopez Garcia (Esp) Team Sky  
87David Lozano Riba (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk  
88Ryan Mullen (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction  
89Michael Cumings (GBr) Rapha Condor JTL  
90Mark McNally (GBr) An Post-Chainreaction  
91Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep  
92Dylan Girdlestone (Rsa) Garmin-Sharp  
93Mark Christian (GBr) Team Raleigh  
94Songezo Jim (Rsa) MTN-Qhubeka  
95James Moss (GBr) Giordana Racing Team  
96Steve Lampier (GBr) Giordana Racing Team  
97Rick Flens (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
98Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk  
99Samuel Harrison (GBr) NFTO  
100Liam Holohan (GBr) Madison Genesis  
101Daniel Pearson (GBr) Great Britain  
102Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Great Britain  
103Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team  
104Nicolas Roche (Irl) Tinkoff-Saxo  
105Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
106Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Movistar Team  
107Nathan Edmondson (GBr) Giordana Racing Team  
108Michael James Northey (NZl) Madison Genesis  
109Marcin Bialobloski (Pol) Giordana Racing Team  
110Glen O'Shea (Aus) An Post-Chainreaction  
111Javier Megias Leal (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk  
112Andrea Piechele (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
113Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Garmin-Sharp  
114Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Sharp  
115Shane Archbold (NZl) An Post-Chainreaction  
116Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo  
117Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team NetApp-Endura  
118Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky  
119Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk  
120Brian Bulgac (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano2:21:36 
Point classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano15 pts
2Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF14 
3Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-QuickStep13 
4Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp12 
5Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky11 
6Markus Barry (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team10 
7Daniel McLay (GBr) Great Britain9 
8Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling8 
9Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo7 
10Enrique Sanz Unzue (Esp) Movistar Team6 
11Alex Peters (GBr) Madison Genesis5 
12Sam Bennett (Irl) Team NetApp-Endura4 
13Sebastian Lander (Den) BMC Racing Team3 
14Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team2 
15Yanto Barker (GBr) Team Raleigh1 
Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF9 pts
2Jonathan Mould (GBr) NFTO6 
3Richard Handley (GBr) Rapha Condor JTL3 
Mountain classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mark McNally (GBr) An Post-Chainreaction12 pts
2Richard Handley (GBr) Rapha Condor JTL9 
3Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF5 
4Jonathan Mould (GBr) NFTO4 
Team classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Belkin Pro Cycling Team6:49:45 
2Team Raleigh  
3Team Giant-Shimano  
4Omega Pharma-QuickStep  
5IAM Cycling  
6BMC Racing Team  
7Movistar Team  
8Great Britain  
9Team Sky  
10Bardiani CSF  
11Garmin-Sharp  
12Rapha Condor JLT  
13NFTO  
14Madison Genesis  
15Tinkoff-Saxo  
16Team Novo Nordisk  
17MTN - Qhubeka  
18Team NetApp-Endura  
19An Post - Chainreaction  
20Giordana Racing Team  

 

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