Tour of Britain: Gaviria wins for Etixx in Blyth

Four stages into the Tour of Britain and the score is two wins for Sky and two for Etixx-QuickStep after Colombia’s Fernando Gaviria scorched along the finishing straight in Blyth to take victory and reveal his talent to European fans.

It was Gaviria’s fifth win of the season after two each in the Tour de San Luis and the Czech Cycling Tour. But it was the most impressive because of the way in which he accelerated clear away from some major sprint names who are close to their best form with the Worlds just a couple of weeks away.

After Sky set the pace coming into the final two kilometres for double stage winner Elia Viviani, Lotto-Soudal’s train powered through in the final 1500 metres to set up Andre Greipel. The German made his move from 200 metres out, but had no response when Gaviria flashed by on his right to leave Greipel and Edvald Boasson Hagen (MTN-Qhubeka) some distance back in his wake.

"It was a team victory," said Gaviria. "Mark [Cavendish] put me into position ahead of him and when the sprint began I simply went for it and gave everything that I had to take the victory."

Movistar’s Juan José Lobato became the first rider in this race to retain the yellow jersey as he finished in the pack behind Gaviria. But Boasson Hagen cut the Spaniard’s advantage to just half a dozen seconds thanks the four bonus seconds he claimed for third place.

But the day was all about Gaviria and Etixx-QuickStep. Although it didn’t begin well for the Belgian team, with stage two winner Petr Vakoc not starting as a result of the injuries he picked up in a crash towards the end of stage three, it ran to script from then on.

Matteo Trentin had already attempted to get into one break before he slipped into the six-man escape that also included Alan Marangoni (Cannondale-Garmin), Swiss champion Danilo Wyss (BMC Racing), Michael Svendgaard (Cult Energy), Rob Partridge (NFTO) and Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (MTN-Qhubeka).

Trentin’s presence in the break meant that Etixx didn’t have to commit riders to the chase, that task initially falling to Lobato’s Movistar teammates, and principally Alex Dowsett. When the sextet’s lead reached four minutes with two-thirds of the stage covered, Lotto-Soudal and Sky both committed riders to the pursuit and the break’s advantage soon began to tumble.

Aware that their lead was falling, Trentin urged his companions to press harder and soon after he, Wyss and Marangoni did exactly that, dropping the other three riders in the break. But the leaders finally yielded 17km from home. Apart from a brief flurry from Cult Energy’s Martin Mortensen and BMC’s Stefan Küng with eight kilometres remaining, Sky and the WIGGINS team kept the peloton moving swiftly and in check.

Those teams’ hopes rested on Viviani and Owain Doull, respectively, and Welshman Doull impressed again as he took fourth place and with it the lead in the points competition. But it was Etixx’s and, particularly, Gaviria’s day.

Although he played down Etixx DS Brian Holm’s comparison of him to Cavendish and Peter Sagan, Colombia’s world omnium champion is undoubtedly a special talent. "You can see that he’s a natural by the way he moves through the cars in the convoy," says Holm. "As well as being fast, he’s also fearless, and he can climb a bit too."

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Col) Etixx - Quick Step5:13:08
2André Greipel (Ger) Lotto - SoudalRow 1 - Cell 2
3Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN - QhubekaRow 2 - Cell 2
4Owain Doull (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 3 - Cell 2
5Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto - SoudalRow 4 - Cell 2
6Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) IAM CyclingRow 5 - Cell 2
7Elia Viviani (Ita) Team SkyRow 6 - Cell 2
8Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN - QhubekaRow 7 - Cell 2
9Floris Gerts (Ned) BMC Racing TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Graham Briggs (GBr) JLT CondorRow 9 - Cell 2
11Chris Opie (GBr) One Pro CyclingRow 10 - Cell 2
12Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Team Cannondale - GarminRow 11 - Cell 2
13Mark Cavendish (GBr) Etixx - Quick StepRow 12 - Cell 2
14Michael Mørkøv (Den) Tinkoff - SaxoRow 13 - Cell 2
15Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Esp) Movistar TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16Ben Swift (GBr) Team SkyRow 15 - Cell 2
17Rasmus Guldhammer Pedersen (Den) Cult Energy Pro CyclingRow 16 - Cell 2
18Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo NordiskRow 17 - Cell 2
19Wouter Poels (Ned) Team SkyRow 18 - Cell 2
20Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) An Post - ChainreactionRow 20 - Cell 2
22Mark McNally (GBr) Madison GenesisRow 21 - Cell 2
23Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team Cannondale - GarminRow 22 - Cell 2
24Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 23 - Cell 2
25Rasmus Christian Quaade (Den) Cult Energy Pro CyclingRow 24 - Cell 2
26Serge Pauwels (Bel) MTN - QhubekaRow 25 - Cell 2
27Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Great BritainRow 26 - Cell 2
28Peter Williams (GBr) One Pro CyclingRow 27 - Cell 2
29Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Team Cannondale - GarminRow 28 - Cell 2
30Juraj Sagan (Slo) Tinkoff - SaxoRow 29 - Cell 2
31Alex Peters (GBr) Great BritainRow 30 - Cell 2
32Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick StepRow 31 - Cell 2
33Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Tinkoff - SaxoRow 32 - Cell 2
34Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team SkyRow 33 - Cell 2
35Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 34 - Cell 2
36Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto - SoudalRow 35 - Cell 2
37Ruben Zepuntke (Ger) Team Cannondale - GarminRow 36 - Cell 2
38Xandro Meurisse (Bel) An Post - ChainreactionRow 37 - Cell 2
39Oliver Wood (GBr) Great BritainRow 38 - Cell 2
40Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Tinkoff - SaxoRow 39 - Cell 2
41Gabriel Cullaigh (GBr) Great BritainRow 40 - Cell 2
42Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Esp) Movistar TeamRow 41 - Cell 2
43Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
44Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx - Quick StepRow 43 - Cell 2
45Stefan Keung (Sui) BMC Racing TeamRow 44 - Cell 2
46Dale Appleby (GBr) NFTORow 45 - Cell 2
47Joshua Hunt (GBr) One Pro CyclingRow 46 - Cell 2
48Rubén Fernandez Andujar (Esp) Movistar TeamRow 47 - Cell 2
49Ian Bibby (GBr) NFTORow 48 - Cell 2
50Russel Downing (GBr) Cult Energy Pro CyclingRow 49 - Cell 2
51Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM CyclingRow 50 - Cell 2
52Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Tinkoff - SaxoRow 51 - Cell 2
53Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Esp) Movistar TeamRow 52 - Cell 2
54Mark Renshaw (Aus) Etixx - Quick StepRow 53 - Cell 2
55Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 54 - Cell 2
56Stef Clement (Ned) IAM CyclingRow 55 - Cell 2
57Thomas Moses (GBr) JLT CondorRow 56 - Cell 2
58Richard Handley (GBr) JLT CondorRow 57 - Cell 2
59Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo NordiskRow 58 - Cell 2
60Mathew Cronshaw (GBr) Madison GenesisRow 59 - Cell 2
61Ryan Mullen (Irl) Team Cannondale - GarminRow 60 - Cell 2
62Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Team Raleigh GACRow 61 - Cell 2
63David Lozano Riba (Esp) Team Novo NordiskRow 62 - Cell 2
64Nikolai Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff - SaxoRow 63 - Cell 2
65Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Cult Energy Pro CyclingRow 64 - Cell 2
66Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM CyclingRow 65 - Cell 2
67Javier Mejias Leal (Esp) Team Novo NordiskRow 66 - Cell 2
68George Harper (GBr) One Pro CyclingRow 67 - Cell 2
69Andrew Hawdon (GBr) Team Raleigh GAC0:00:16
70Evan Oliphant (GBr) Team Raleigh GACRow 69 - Cell 2
71Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto - Soudal0:00:19
72James Lowsley Williams (GBr) NFTO0:00:30
73Alistair Slater (GBr) An Post - Chainreaction0:00:38
74Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo NordiskRow 73 - Cell 2
75Daniel Teklehaymanot (Ert) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:46
76Eddie Dunbar (Irl) NFTORow 75 - Cell 2
77Scott Davies (GBr) Great BritainRow 76 - Cell 2
78Karol Domagalski (Pol) Team Raleigh GAC0:00:51
79Roger Kluge (Ger) IAM Cycling0:00:53
80Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto - Soudal0:00:55
81Clement Chevrier (Fra) IAM CyclingRow 80 - Cell 2
82Paulius Siskevicius (Ltu) An Post - ChainreactionRow 81 - Cell 2
83Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) One Pro CyclingRow 82 - Cell 2
84Kristian House (GBr) JLT Condor0:00:58
85Conor Dunne (Irl) An Post - Chainreaction0:01:27
86Andrew Tennant (GBr) Team WIGGINS0:01:34
87Martin Mortensen (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling0:01:40
88Thomas Stewart (GBr) Madison GenesisRow 87 - Cell 2
89Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing TeamRow 88 - Cell 2
90Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky0:02:07
91George Pym (GBr) Team Raleigh GACRow 90 - Cell 2
92Steven Lampier (GBr) Team Raleigh GAC0:02:49
93Jack Wilson (Irl) An Post - ChainreactionRow 92 - Cell 2
94Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto - SoudalRow 93 - Cell 2
95Tyler Farrar (USA) MTN - QhubekaRow 94 - Cell 2
96Hugh Carthy (GBr) Great BritainRow 95 - Cell 2
97Thomas Scully (NZl) Madison GenesisRow 96 - Cell 2
98Alan Marangoni (Ita) Team Cannondale - GarminRow 97 - Cell 2
99Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) NFTORow 98 - Cell 2
100Matthew Holmes (GBr) Madison GenesisRow 99 - Cell 2
101Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 100 - Cell 2
102Igor Anton Hernandez (Esp) Movistar Team0:04:41
103Andrew Fenn (GBr) Team SkyRow 102 - Cell 2
104Michael Thompson (GBr) Team WIGGINS0:05:40
105Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 104 - Cell 2
106Edward Clancy (GBr) JLT Condor0:08:57
107Robert Partridge (GBr) NFTORow 106 - Cell 2
108Michael Carbel Svendgaard (Den) Cult Energy Pro CyclingRow 107 - Cell 2
109Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (Rsa) MTN - QhubekaRow 108 - Cell 2
110Yanto Barker (GBr) One Pro CyclingRow 109 - Cell 2
111Kevin Demesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk0:09:22
112Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team0:15:35
113Michael Cuming (GBr) JLT Condor0:20:48
DNSPetr Vakoc (Cze) Etixx - Quick StepRow 113 - Cell 2
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Mountain 1 - Redstone Rigg, km. 45.4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing Team6pts
2Robert Partridge (GBr) NFTO5Row 1 - Cell 3
3Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx - Quick Step4Row 2 - Cell 3
4Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (Rsa) MTN - Qhubeka3Row 3 - Cell 3
5Alan Marangoni (Ita) Team Cannondale - Garmin2Row 4 - Cell 3
6Michael Carbel Svendgaard (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling1Row 5 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 - Ford, km. 102.1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Robert Partridge (GBr) NFTO4pts
2Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing Team3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Alan Marangoni (Ita) Team Cannondale - Garmin2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx - Quick Step1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Mountain 3 - Alnwick, km. 143.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Robert Partridge (GBr) NFTO4pts
2Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx - Quick Step3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Alan Marangoni (Ita) Team Cannondale - Garmin2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Michael Carbel Svendgaard (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Most aggressive rider
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx - Quick Step
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Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1MTN - Qhubeka15:39:24
2Team SkyRow 1 - Cell 2
3Lotto - SoudalRow 2 - Cell 2
4Etixx - Quick StepRow 3 - Cell 2
5Team Cannondale - GarminRow 4 - Cell 2
6BMC Racing TeamRow 5 - Cell 2
7Tinkoff - SaxoRow 6 - Cell 2
8One Pro CyclingRow 7 - Cell 2
9Cult Energy Pro CyclingRow 8 - Cell 2
10Great BritainRow 9 - Cell 2
11Movistar TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12IAM CyclingRow 11 - Cell 2
13Team LottoNL-JumboRow 12 - Cell 2
14JLT CondorRow 13 - Cell 2
15Team Novo NordiskRow 14 - Cell 2
16NFTO0:00:30
17Team Raleigh GAC0:00:32
18An Post - Chainreaction0:00:38
19Madison Genesis0:01:40
20Team WIGGINS0:04:23
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General classification after stage 4
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