Tour of Britain: Ewan wins London finale

Caleb Ewan (Orica-BikeExchange) took the win in a frenetic bunch sprint on the final stage of the Tour of Britain in London.

The Australian bolted out of the right side of the peloton as it caught late attacker Jens Debusschere (Lotto Soudal) and won by a clean set of wheels over Dutch champion Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNl-Jumbo). Debusschere held on for third.

"The last lap, even before the last kilometer was always going to be really sketchy," Ewan explained. {What people might not know is there are lead-outs into the corners, and that made every corner a full sprint. That whole last lap was really scary.

"Lotto in the end tried to mix it up a bit. I'm not sure why Greipel's not sprinting so much in this race. I didn't expect that, I thought he was going to go for the win. They let Debusschere go up the road, and luckily we caught him on the line."

It was Orica-BikeExchange's only stage win of the race, and the team was determined to deliver Ewan to the victory.

"Before the stage, we hadn't won a stage the whole race so this was our last chance. We put it all on the line. The guys who came from the Olympics on the track were struggling a bit on the long road stages, but maybe a shorter road stage like this would suit them more. They did a fantastic job to get me to the front.

"I'm happy I'm coming up well for the second part of the season."

Stephen Cummings (Dimension Data) finished off a fine week of racing to take home the overall victory.

"I'm elated," Cummings said of the victory. "Finally I can smile and enjoy it. It's been a tough week, and it was so close it was never done until I crossed the line. I'd like to thank all of my teammates for doing such a good job all week, keeping me out of trouble and sacrificing their own chances. It's been a great week."

The peloton quickly clicked off the 99.2km that stood between them and the finish line of the Tour of Britain in London, with Thomas Stewart (Madison Genesis), Gabriel Cullaigh (Great Britain), Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing Team), Jasper Bovenhuis (An Post-Chainreaction) the rabbits for the day being chased through the streets of the city.

Bovenhuis sealed the overall sprint classification thanks to his efforts, but the peloton was keeping the quartet on a short leash, and midway through the stage they had only managed around a minute's advantage.

The Belgian was distanced before the final sprint with 25k to go, leaving three men fighting an unwinnable battle against the peloton. LottoNl-Jumbo and Dimension Data quickly closed the gap down as the kilometers clicked down to the single digits.

The catch was finally made on the penultimate lap, and despite a few futile attacks, the bunch sprint was inevitable. Sky led into the final 3km for Ben Swift, with Etixx-Quickstep for Richeze and LottoNl-Jumbo leading out for Groenewegen close behind.

Greipel was well positioned with two men at the front, but Lotto Soudal had one trick up its sleeve - they sat up behind Debusschere in a turn and let the former Belgian champion open up a gap, which he seized wholeheartedly.

It looked as if Debusschere might take the win, but a surge from the peloton reeled him back to within striking distance at the line, and Ewan capitalized on the catch to dash around on the outside and steal the victory.

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Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange2:09:24
2Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 1 - Cell 2
3Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 2 - Cell 2
4Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 3 - Cell 2
5Elia Viviani (Ita) Team SkyRow 4 - Cell 2
6André Greipel (Ger) Lotto SoudalRow 5 - Cell 2
7Daniel McLay (GBr) Great BritainRow 6 - Cell 2
8Steele Von Hoff (Aus) ONE Pro CyclingRow 7 - Cell 2
9Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 8 - Cell 2
10Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 9 - Cell 2
11Carlos Barbero (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 10 - Cell 2
12Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 11 - Cell 2
13Russell Downing (GBr) JLT CondorRow 12 - Cell 2
14Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-DrapacRow 14 - Cell 2
16Jack Bauer (NZl) Cannondale-DrapacRow 15 - Cell 2
17Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension DataRow 16 - Cell 2
18Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 17 - Cell 2
19Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 18 - Cell 2
20Ryan Mullen (Irl) Cannondale-DrapacRow 19 - Cell 2
21Nicolas Vereecken (Bel) An Post-ChainreactionRow 20 - Cell 2
22Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team SkyRow 21 - Cell 2
23Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 22 - Cell 2
24Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto SoudalRow 23 - Cell 2
25Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 24 - Cell 2
26Oliver Wood (GBr) Great BritainRow 25 - Cell 2
27Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 26 - Cell 2
28Ben Swift (GBr) Team SkyRow 27 - Cell 2
29Domingos Gonçalves (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 28 - Cell 2
30Julien Vermote (Bel) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 29 - Cell 2
31Emiel Wastyn (Bel) An Post-ChainreactionRow 30 - Cell 2
32Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Great BritainRow 31 - Cell 2
33Steven Lampier (GBr) JLT CondorRow 32 - Cell 2
34Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 33 - Cell 2
35Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 34 - Cell 2
36Dion Smith (NZl) ONE Pro CyclingRow 35 - Cell 2
37Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 36 - Cell 2
38Ruben Zepuntke (Ger) Cannondale-DrapacRow 37 - Cell 2
39Erick Rowsell (GBr) Madison GenesisRow 38 - Cell 2
40Mark Christian (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 39 - Cell 2
41Javier Aramendia (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:00:10
42Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing TeamRow 41 - Cell 2
43Mark Stewart (GBr) Great BritainRow 42 - Cell 2
44Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension DataRow 43 - Cell 2
45Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension DataRow 44 - Cell 2
46Alistair Slater (GBr) JLT Condor0:00:18
47Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:00:21
48Diego Rubio (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 47 - Cell 2
49Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team0:00:26
50Peter Williams (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling0:00:31
51Amets Txurruka (Spa) Orica-BikeExchange0:00:33
52Hector Saez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:00:37
53Jorge Arcas Pena (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 52 - Cell 2
54Mathew Cronshaw (GBr) Madison GenesisRow 53 - Cell 2
55Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 54 - Cell 2
56Jochem Hoekstra (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 55 - Cell 2
57Wouter Poels (Ned) Team SkyRow 56 - Cell 2
58Edmund Bradbury (GBr) NFTORow 57 - Cell 2
59Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 58 - Cell 2
60Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:00:46
61Luka Mezgec (Slo) Orica-BikeExchange0:00:48
62Marco Marcato (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:49
63Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal0:00:54
64Mark McNally (GBr) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:01:01
65Taylor Karl Gunman (NZl) Madison GenesisRow 64 - Cell 2
66Dale Appleby (GBr) NFTORow 65 - Cell 2
67Robert Wagner (Ger) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 66 - Cell 2
68Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 67 - Cell 2
69Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 68 - Cell 2
70Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 69 - Cell 2
71Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky0:01:09
72Loic Vliegen (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:01:14
73Miguel Angel Benito (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 72 - Cell 2
74Thomas Moses (GBr) JLT CondorRow 73 - Cell 2
75Robert Partridge (GBr) NFTORow 74 - Cell 2
76Damien Shaw (Irl) An Post-ChainreactionRow 75 - Cell 2
77Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) NFTO0:01:22
78Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 77 - Cell 2
79Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:01:26
80Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 79 - Cell 2
81Owain Doull (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 80 - Cell 2
82Hayden McCormick (NZl) ONE Pro CyclingRow 81 - Cell 2
83Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 82 - Cell 2
84Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:01:30
85Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data0:01:34
86Jacob Scott (GBr) An Post-Chainreaction0:01:37
87Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky0:01:38
88Ian Bibby (GBr) NFTORow 87 - Cell 2
89Adam Blythe (GBr) Great BritainRow 88 - Cell 2
90Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:01:42
91Conor Dunne (Irl) JLT Condor0:02:20
92Thomas Stewart (GBr) Madison GenesisRow 91 - Cell 2
93Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:37
94Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team0:03:07
95Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 94 - Cell 2
96Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) Dimension Data0:03:11
97Johann Van Zyl (RSA) Dimension DataRow 96 - Cell 2
98Kristian House (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling0:03:12
99Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:03:14
100James Shaw (GBr) Lotto SoudalRow 99 - Cell 2
101Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange0:03:17
102Alexander Edmondson (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange0:03:19
103Karol Domagalski (Pol) ONE Pro Cycling0:03:20
104Robert Power (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange0:03:31
105Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team0:05:02
106Oliver Ket-Spark (Aus) An Post-ChainreactionRow 105 - Cell 2
107Jasper Bovenhuis (Ned) An Post-ChainreactionRow 106 - Cell 2
108Gabriel Cullaigh (GBr) Great BritainRow 107 - Cell 2
109Matthew Holmes (GBr) Madison Genesis0:05:53
110Daniel Pearson (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 109 - Cell 2
111Liam Stones (GBr) NFTO0:05:54
DNFChristopher Latham (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 111 - Cell 2
DNFGorka Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 112 - Cell 2
DNFTaylor Eisenhart (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 113 - Cell 2
DNFBjorn Thurau (Ger) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 114 - Cell 2
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange15pts
2Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo14Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal13Row 2 - Cell 3
4Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek-Segafredo12Row 3 - Cell 3
5Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky11Row 4 - Cell 3
6André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Daniel McLay (GBr) Great Britain9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Steele Von Hoff (Aus) ONE Pro Cycling8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Carlos Barbero (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Russell Downing (GBr) JLT Condor3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team2Row 13 - Cell 3
15Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac1Row 14 - Cell 3
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Sprint 1 - Lap 4, km.24.8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jasper Bovenhuis (Ned) An Post-Chainreaction3pts
2Gabriel Cullaigh (GBr) Great Britain2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Thomas Stewart (GBr) Madison Genesis1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Lap 8, km.49.6
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jasper Bovenhuis (Ned) An Post-Chainreaction3pts
2Thomas Stewart (GBr) Madison Genesis2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team1Row 2 - Cell 3
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