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) EuropcarRow 1 - Cell 2
3Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 2 - Cell 2
4Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Esp) BMC RacingRow 3 - Cell 2
5Philip Deignan (Irl) Team SkyRow 4 - Cell 2
6Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing0:01:10
7Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 6 - Cell 2
8Erick Rowsell (GBr) Madison GenesisRow 7 - Cell 2
9Richard Handley (GBr) JLT CondorRow 8 - Cell 2
10Huub Duijn (Ned) Team RoompotRow 9 - Cell 2
11Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing0:01:13
12David Lopez Garcia (Esp) Team SkyRow 11 - Cell 2
13Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eri) MTN - QhubekaRow 12 - Cell 2
14Scott Davies (GBr) Great BritainRow 13 - Cell 2
15Stephen Cummings (GBr) MTN - QhubekaRow 14 - Cell 2
16Russell Downing (GBr) Cult Energy Pro Cycling0:02:21
17Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 16 - Cell 2
18Joseph Rosskopf (USA) BMC RacingRow 17 - Cell 2
19Karol Domagalski (Pol) RaleighRow 18 - Cell 2
20Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 19 - Cell 2
21Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN - QhubekaRow 20 - Cell 2
22Steven Lampier (GBr) RaleighRow 21 - Cell 2
23Mike Teunissen (Ned) Lotto NL- JumboRow 22 - Cell 2
24Alex Kirsch (Lux) Cult Energy Pro CyclingRow 23 - Cell 2
25Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) EuropcarRow 24 - Cell 2
26Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team SkyRow 25 - Cell 2
27Gustav Larsson (Swe) Cult Energy Pro Cycling0:02:23
28Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Giant-Alpecin0:03:39
29Thomas Boudat (Fra) EuropcarRow 28 - Cell 2
30Morgan Kneisky (Fra) RaleighRow 29 - Cell 2
31Moreno Hofland (Ned) Lotto NL- JumboRow 30 - Cell 2
32Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 31 - Cell 2
33Gabriel Cullaigh (GBr) Great BritainRow 32 - Cell 2
34Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) One Pro CyclingRow 33 - Cell 2
35Jesper Asselman (Ned) Team RoompotRow 34 - Cell 2
36Robert Partridge (GBr) NFTORow 35 - Cell 2
37Berden De Vries (Ned) Team RoompotRow 36 - Cell 2
38Joel Zangerle (Lux) Cult Energy Pro CyclingRow 37 - Cell 2
39Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Lotto NL- JumboRow 38 - Cell 2
40Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 39 - Cell 2
41Steele von Hoff (Aus) NFTORow 40 - Cell 2
42Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 41 - Cell 2
43George Harper (GBr) One Pro CyclingRow 42 - Cell 2
44Kristian House (GBr) JLT CondorRow 43 - Cell 2
45Martin Mortensen (Den) Cult Energy Pro CyclingRow 44 - Cell 2
46Vicente Reynes Mimo (Esp) IAM CyclingRow 45 - Cell 2
47Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Great BritainRow 46 - Cell 2
48Yannick Martinez (Fra) EuropcarRow 47 - Cell 2
49Michael Thompson (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 48 - Cell 2
50Loïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 49 - Cell 2
51Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 50 - Cell 2
52Karel Hnik (Cze) Cult Energy Pro CyclingRow 51 - Cell 2
53Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN - QhubekaRow 52 - Cell 2
54Simon Pellaud (Sui) IAM CyclingRow 53 - Cell 2
55Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Giant-AlpecinRow 54 - Cell 2
56Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC RacingRow 55 - Cell 2
57Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC RacingRow 56 - Cell 2
58Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 57 - Cell 2
59Michael Cuming (GBr) JLT CondorRow 58 - Cell 2
60Thomas Degand (Bel) IAM CyclingRow 59 - Cell 2
61Michael James Northey (NZl) Madison GenesisRow 60 - Cell 2
62Thomas Stewart (GBr) Madison GenesisRow 61 - Cell 2
63Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) NFTORow 62 - Cell 2
64Patrick Schelling (Sui) IAM CyclingRow 63 - Cell 2
65Ian Bibby (GBr) NFTORow 64 - Cell 2
66Liam Holohan (GBr) Madison GenesisRow 65 - Cell 2
67Mark Christian (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 66 - Cell 2
68Owain Doull (GBr) Team WIGGINS0:07:10
69Thomas Scully (NZl) Madison GenesisRow 68 - Cell 2
70Yanto Barker (GBr) One Pro CyclingRow 69 - Cell 2
71Nick Dougall (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka0:13:57
72Harry Tanfield (GBr) JLT CondorRow 71 - Cell 2
73Iain Paton (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 72 - Cell 2
74Evan Oliphant (GBr) RaleighRow 73 - Cell 2
75Peter Williams (GBr) One Pro CyclingRow 74 - Cell 2
76Lawson Craddock (USA) Giant-Alpecin0:14:41
77Rasmus Christian Quaade (Den) Cult Energy Pro CyclingRow 76 - Cell 2
78Stijn Steels (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 77 - Cell 2
79Matt Brammeier (Irl) MTN - Qhubeka0:14:52
80Luke Grivell-Mellor (GBr) JLT CondorRow 79 - Cell 2
81Bradley Morgan (GBr) RaleighRow 80 - Cell 2
82Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC RacingRow 81 - Cell 2
83Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Giant-AlpecinRow 82 - Cell 2
84Cyril Gautier (Fra) EuropcarRow 83 - Cell 2
85Tobyn Horton (GBr) Madison GenesisRow 84 - Cell 2
86Maarten Wynants (Bel) Lotto NL- JumboRow 85 - Cell 2
87Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) IAM CyclingRow 86 - Cell 2
88Bert De Backer (Bel) Giant-AlpecinRow 87 - Cell 2
89James McLaughlin (GBr) Madison GenesisRow 88 - Cell 2
90Robert Wagner (Ger) Lotto NL- JumboRow 89 - Cell 2
91Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM CyclingRow 90 - Cell 2
92Jake Kelly (GBr) Great BritainRow 91 - Cell 2
93Dan Craven Nam EuropcarRow 92 - Cell 2
94Joshua Hunt (GBr) One Pro CyclingRow 93 - Cell 2
95Christopher Lawless (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 94 - Cell 2
96Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 95 - Cell 2
97Nathan Earle (Aus) Team SkyRow 96 - Cell 2
98Olivier Wood (GBr) Great BritainRow 97 - Cell 2
99Ian Boswell (USA) Team SkyRow 98 - Cell 2
100Andrew Tennant (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 99 - Cell 2
101Tony Hurel (Fra) EuropcarRow 100 - Cell 2
102Dexter Gardias (GBr) One Pro Cycling0:16:40
103Ivar Slik (Ned) Team RoompotRow 102 - Cell 2
104James Lowsley Williams (GBr) NFTORow 103 - Cell 2
105André Looij (Ned) Team RoompotRow 104 - Cell 2
106Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team RoompotRow 105 - Cell 2
107Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN - QhubekaRow 106 - Cell 2
108Etienne Van Empel (Ned) Team RoompotRow 107 - Cell 2
109Tom Barras (GBr) NFTORow 108 - Cell 2
110Timo Roosen (Ned) Lotto NL- JumboRow 109 - Cell 2
111Andrew Hawdon (GBr) RaleighRow 110 - Cell 2
112Amaury Capiot (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 111 - Cell 2
113Dominique Rollin (Can) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 112 - Cell 2
114Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) EuropcarRow 113 - Cell 2
115Barry Markus (Ned) Lotto NL- JumboRow 114 - Cell 2
116Wesley Kreder (Ned) Team RoompotRow 115 - Cell 2
117Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM CyclingRow 116 - Cell 2
118Dale Appleby (GBr) NFTORow 117 - Cell 2
119Calvin Beneke (RSA) RaleighRow 118 - Cell 2
120Ian Wilkinson (GBr) RaleighRow 119 - Cell 2
121Christopher Latham (GBr) Great Britain0:16:43
122Moreno De Pauw (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 121 - Cell 2
123Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Lotto NL- JumboRow 122 - Cell 2
124Mark McNally (GBr) Madison GenesisRow 123 - Cell 2
125Thomas Moses (GBr) JLT CondorRow 124 - Cell 2
126Edward Clancy (GBr) JLT CondorRow 125 - Cell 2
127Germain Burton (GBr) Great BritainRow 126 - Cell 2
128Mark Stewart (GBr) Great BritainRow 127 - Cell 2
129Christopher Sutton (Aus) Team SkyRow 128 - Cell 2
130Chris Opie (GBr) One Pro CyclingRow 129 - Cell 2
131Marc Hester (Den) One Pro CyclingRow 130 - Cell 2
132Graham Briggs (GBr) JLT CondorRow 131 - Cell 2
DNFEddie Dunbar (Irl) NFTORow 132 - Cell 2
DNFRomain Lemarchand (Fra) Cult Energy Pro CyclingRow 133 - Cell 2
DNFYohan Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 134 - Cell 2
DNFJonas Rickaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 135 - Cell 2
DNSCaleb Fairly (USA) Giant-AlpecinRow 136 - Cell 2
DNFMarcel Kittel (Ger) Giant-AlpecinRow 137 - Cell 2
DNFBen Swift (GBr) Team SkyRow 138 - Cell 2
DNFSteven Burke (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 139 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Loïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits5pts
2Rasmus Christian Quaade (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Thomas Stewart (GBr) Madison Genesis1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Europcar5pts
2Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits3Row 1 - Cell 3
3George Harper (GBr) One Pro Cycling1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Finish
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky15pts
2Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Europcar12Row 1 - Cell 3
3Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits9Row 2 - Cell 3
4Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Esp) BMC Racing7Row 3 - Cell 3
5Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky6Row 4 - Cell 3
6Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing5Row 5 - Cell 3
7Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits4Row 6 - Cell 3
8Erick Rowsell (GBr) Madison Genesis3Row 7 - Cell 3
9Richard Handley (GBr) JLT Condor2Row 8 - Cell 3
10Huub Duijn (Ned) Team Roompot1Row 9 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Eddie Dunbar (Irl) NFTO5pts
2Thomas Stewart (GBr) Madison Genesis3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Mark Christian (GBr) Team WIGGINS2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Loïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Eddie Dunbar (Irl) NFTO5pts
2Thomas Stewart (GBr) Madison Genesis3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Mark Christian (GBr) Team WIGGINS2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Loïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Mountain 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Europcar5pts
2Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise3Row 1 - Cell 3
3David Lopez Garcia (Esp) Team Sky2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Esp) BMC Racing1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Mountain 4
#Rider Name (Country) Team