Tour de Yorkshire: Nordhaug wins opener in Scarborough

Lars Petter Nordhaug (Team Sky) won the opening stage at the Tour de Yorkshire in Scarborough on Friday. The Norwegian was a part of a five-rider breakaway that made it to the finish line where he out sprinted his rivals. Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) finished second in the sprint and Stephane Rossetto (Cofidis) was third.
 
Nordhaug pulled on the first leader's jersey of the race following his stage win. He heads into the second stage on Saturday with a four-second lead over Voeckler and six seconds on Rossetto.

Marcel Kittel (Giant-Alpecin) made his return to racing at the Tour de Yorkshire after suffering from illness in the early season. However, the German sprinter abandoned the race after roughly 100km. Another pre-race favourite, Ben Swift (Team Sky) also abandoned the race after he crashed inside the final 60 kilometres of racing.

Meanwhile Bradley Wiggins (WIGGINS) made it safely through the opening day of racing as part of his new development team but he languished in 96th place, almost 15 minutes down on his former teammate, Nordhaug.

How it unfolded

The inaugural Tour de Yorkshire rolled out on Friday from the coastal town of Bridlington under blue skies and fresh spring air carried over from the North Sea. The race, built as part of the grand depart’s legacy from 2014, saw 18 teams rollout and head towards a demanding 174 kilometre route through some of the county’s most demanding terrain.

It wasn’t long before the day’s first break sauntered clear with Mark Christian (WIGGINS), Loïc Chetout (Cofidis), Eddie Dunbar (NFTO), Mark Stewart (Madison Genesis) and Rasmus Quaade (Cult Energy Pro Cycling) establishing a near five-minute lead.

Team Sky were unwilling to let leaders build anything that would threaten the early overall complexion of the race and they quickly set about reducing the deficit and by the time the five-man break had reached the 90 kilometre point and the foot of the Côte de Rosedale the gap had been reduced to just a few seconds.

Pierrick Quéméneur (EUC) was the next rider to try his luck and he was quickly joined by Tim Declercq (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise). Kittel, by this point was already struggling having been dropped on the previous climb and as the leading pair moved 40 seconds clear of the field Kittel’s position only began to worsen. He navigated through the team cars, alone and cut off from his teammates, before finally giving up.

The German wasn’t the only rider to leave the race. On the wet descent into Egton with just over 50 kilometres to go Swift was involved in a heavy fall that took out a number of riders. 
The crucial move was soon to come with 40 kilometres to go as the race headed into Whitby. First a 15-man break moved clear containing the eventual winning break.

It was Deignan who put the hammer down on the summit of the Côte de Robin Hood’s Bay after 145km with only Voecker, Nordhaug, Rossetto and Sanchez able to respond.

By the time they reached the finish line they had over a minute on the chasing peloton and Sky made their advantage pay, responding to a late attacks with their own accelerations but the quintet could not be separated until the line, with Nordhaug timing his sprint perfectly in the blustery conditions.

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Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky4:22:38
2Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Europcar
3Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
4Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Esp) BMC Racing
5Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky
6Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing0:01:10
7Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
8Erick Rowsell (GBr) Madison Genesis
9Richard Handley (GBr) JLT Condor
10Huub Duijn (Ned) Team Roompot
11Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing0:01:13
12David Lopez Garcia (Esp) Team Sky
13Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka
14Scott Davies (GBr) Great Britain
15Stephen Cummings (GBr) MTN - Qhubeka
16Russell Downing (GBr) Cult Energy Pro Cycling0:02:21
17Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
18Joseph Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing
19Karol Domagalski (Pol) Raleigh
20Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
21Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka
22Steven Lampier (GBr) Raleigh
23Mike Teunissen (Ned) Lotto NL- Jumbo
24Alex Kirsch (Lux) Cult Energy Pro Cycling
25Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Europcar
26Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky
27Gustav Larsson (Swe) Cult Energy Pro Cycling0:02:23
28Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Giant-Alpecin0:03:39
29Thomas Boudat (Fra) Europcar
30Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Raleigh
31Moreno Hofland (Ned) Lotto NL- Jumbo
32Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
33Gabriel Cullaigh (GBr) Great Britain
34Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) One Pro Cycling
35Jesper Asselman (Ned) Team Roompot
36Robert Partridge (GBr) NFTO
37Berden De Vries (Ned) Team Roompot
38Joel Zangerle (Lux) Cult Energy Pro Cycling
39Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Lotto NL- Jumbo
40Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
41Steele von Hoff (Aus) NFTO
42Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
43George Harper (GBr) One Pro Cycling
44Kristian House (GBr) JLT Condor
45Martin Mortensen (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling
46Vicente Reynes Mimo (Esp) IAM Cycling
47Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Great Britain
48Yannick Martinez (Fra) Europcar
49Michael Thompson (GBr) Team WIGGINS
50Loïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
51Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
52Karel Hnik (Cze) Cult Energy Pro Cycling
53Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka
54Simon Pellaud (Sui) IAM Cycling
55Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Giant-Alpecin
56Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing
57Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing
58Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
59Michael Cuming (GBr) JLT Condor
60Thomas Degand (Bel) IAM Cycling
61Michael James Northey (NZl) Madison Genesis
62Thomas Stewart (GBr) Madison Genesis
63Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) NFTO
64Patrick Schelling (Sui) IAM Cycling
65Ian Bibby (GBr) NFTO
66Liam Holohan (GBr) Madison Genesis
67Mark Christian (GBr) Team WIGGINS
68Owain Doull (GBr) Team WIGGINS0:07:10
69Thomas Scully (NZl) Madison Genesis
70Yanto Barker (GBr) One Pro Cycling
71Nick Dougall (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka0:13:57
72Harry Tanfield (GBr) JLT Condor
73Iain Paton (GBr) Team WIGGINS
74Evan Oliphant (GBr) Raleigh
75Peter Williams (GBr) One Pro Cycling
76Lawson Craddock (USA) Giant-Alpecin0:14:41
77Rasmus Christian Quaade (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling
78Stijn Steels (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
79Matt Brammeier (Irl) MTN - Qhubeka0:14:52
80Luke Grivell-Mellor (GBr) JLT Condor
81Bradley Morgan (GBr) Raleigh
82Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing
83Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Giant-Alpecin
84Cyril Gautier (Fra) Europcar
85Tobyn Horton (GBr) Madison Genesis
86Maarten Wynants (Bel) Lotto NL- Jumbo
87Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) IAM Cycling
88Bert De Backer (Bel) Giant-Alpecin
89James McLaughlin (GBr) Madison Genesis
90Robert Wagner (Ger) Lotto NL- Jumbo
91Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling
92Jake Kelly (GBr) Great Britain
93Dan Craven Nam Europcar
94Joshua Hunt (GBr) One Pro Cycling
95Christopher Lawless (GBr) Team WIGGINS
96Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team WIGGINS
97Nathan Earle (Aus) Team Sky
98Olivier Wood (GBr) Great Britain
99Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky
100Andrew Tennant (GBr) Team WIGGINS
101Tony Hurel (Fra) Europcar
102Dexter Gardias (GBr) One Pro Cycling0:16:40
103Ivar Slik (Ned) Team Roompot
104James Lowsley Williams (GBr) NFTO
105André Looij (Ned) Team Roompot
106Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team Roompot
107Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka
108Etienne Van Empel (Ned) Team Roompot
109Tom Barras (GBr) NFTO
110Timo Roosen (Ned) Lotto NL- Jumbo
111Andrew Hawdon (GBr) Raleigh
112Amaury Capiot (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
113Dominique Rollin (Can) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
114Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Europcar
115Barry Markus (Ned) Lotto NL- Jumbo
116Wesley Kreder (Ned) Team Roompot
117Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling
118Dale Appleby (GBr) NFTO
119Calvin Beneke (RSA) Raleigh
120Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Raleigh
121Christopher Latham (GBr) Great Britain0:16:43
122Moreno De Pauw (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
123Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Lotto NL- Jumbo
124Mark McNally (GBr) Madison Genesis
125Thomas Moses (GBr) JLT Condor
126Edward Clancy (GBr) JLT Condor
127Germain Burton (GBr) Great Britain
128Mark Stewart (GBr) Great Britain
129Christopher Sutton (Aus) Team Sky
130Chris Opie (GBr) One Pro Cycling
131Marc Hester (Den) One Pro Cycling
132Graham Briggs (GBr) JLT Condor
DNFEddie Dunbar (Irl) NFTO
DNFRomain Lemarchand (Fra) Cult Energy Pro Cycling
DNFYohan Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNFJonas Rickaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DNSCaleb Fairly (USA) Giant-Alpecin
DNFMarcel Kittel (Ger) Giant-Alpecin
DNFBen Swift (GBr) Team Sky
DNFSteven Burke (GBr) Team WIGGINS
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Sprint 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Loïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits5pts
2Rasmus Christian Quaade (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling3
3Thomas Stewart (GBr) Madison Genesis1
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Sprint 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Europcar5pts
2Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits3
3George Harper (GBr) One Pro Cycling1
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Finish
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky15pts
2Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Europcar12
3Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits9
4Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Esp) BMC Racing7
5Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky6
6Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing5
7Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits4
8Erick Rowsell (GBr) Madison Genesis3
9Richard Handley (GBr) JLT Condor2
10Huub Duijn (Ned) Team Roompot1
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Mountain 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Eddie Dunbar (Irl) NFTO5pts
2Thomas Stewart (GBr) Madison Genesis3
3Mark Christian (GBr) Team WIGGINS2
4Loïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits1
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Mountain 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Eddie Dunbar (Irl) NFTO5pts
2Thomas Stewart (GBr) Madison Genesis3
3Mark Christian (GBr) Team WIGGINS2
4Loïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits1
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Mountain 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Europcar5pts
2Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise3
3David Lopez Garcia (Esp) Team Sky2
4Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Esp) BMC Racing1
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Mountain 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Europcar5pts
2Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits3
3George Harper (GBr) One Pro Cycling2
4Thomas Stewart (GBr) Madison Genesis1
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Mountain 5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Esp) BMC Racing5pts
2Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky3
3Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Europcar2
4Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky1
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Most aggressive
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Europcar
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General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky4:22:28
2Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Europcar0:00:04
3Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:06
4Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Esp) BMC Racing0:00:10
5Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky
6Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:18
7Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing0:01:20
8Erick Rowsell (GBr) Madison Genesis
9Richard Handley (GBr) JLT Condor
10Huub Duijn (Ned) Team Roompot
11Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing0:01:23
12David Lopez Garcia (Esp) Team Sky
13Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka
14Scott Davies (GBr) Great Britain
15Stephen Cummings (GBr) MTN - Qhubeka
16Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Europcar0:02:28
17Russell Downing (GBr) Cult Energy Pro Cycling0:02:31
18Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
19Joseph Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing
20Karol Domagalski (Pol) Raleigh
21Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
22Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka
23Steven Lampier (GBr) Raleigh
24Mike Teunissen (Ned) Lotto NL- Jumbo
25Alex Kirsch (Lux) Cult Energy Pro Cycling
26Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky
27Gustav Larsson (Swe) Cult Energy Pro Cycling0:02:33
28Loïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:03:46
29George Harper (GBr) One Pro Cycling0:03:48