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Tour of Britain 2018: Stage 8


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Taylor Phinny (EF-Drapac) and Connor Swift (Madison-Genesis) are up the road already. 

Today's circuit is a flat 5.5km lap around central London, taking in Whitehall, The Strand, Piccadilly Circus and Regent Street.

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The big news today is that Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas has extended with Team Sky for three more years. Read the full story here.

By the way, here's the GC before today's stage. We're not expecting any changes on this flat circuit. It's one for the sprinters.

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If you're more into your mountains than sprints then we have Vuelta live coverage too, with yet another uphill finish on the menu today. It's stage 15 – Lagos de Covadonga day – and the peloton are 30km from the line.

Dmitry Strakhov (Katusha-Alpecin) took that sprint ahead of points jersey holder Patrick Bevin, while Matt Holmes (Madison-Genesis) picked up a single point for third.

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Lotto-Soudal and Quick Step Floors are up on the front of the peloton as several more riders move across to the lead group.

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Stedman will be running interference for Paton in the next sprint, which comes on lap 8. If Holmes wins that he'll be joint-leader with Paton, with whoever has the most first places in intermediate sprint taking the jersey.

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The duo have a ten-second gap, and could get some slack from the peloton here.

Liepiņš won't be familiar to many of us, but the Latvian has had some strong sprints this week, finishing third in Bristol and leading the peloton home behind the break yesterday in Mansfield.

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Madison-Genesis are on the front of the peloton. Blue jersey Bevin, looking for bonus seconds, and red jersey Paton, looking for points, are up there too.

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 Kiryienka is still up front, 17 seconds ahead of the peloton.

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The Belarusian has an advantage of 15 seconds.

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Some attacks from the peloton now, with Direct Énergie leading it.

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Alex Paton takes the sprint ahead of Holmes. The red jersey is his for good now.

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Schachmann leads the peloton. Quick Step will go for the sprint with Fernando Gaviria.

Mitchelton-Scott are up there too, for Caleb Ewan. The Australian could be riding his last race for the team before his move to Lotto-Soudal next year. I imagine he'd like to end on a high note with a win.

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A reminder of this technical circuit, which could cause a few spills as the pace revs up.

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Now the Mitchelton-Scott train hits the front alongside Quick Step Floors.

The final hairpin bend now, with 1.5km to go.

Bob Jungels leads Keisse and Alaphilippe at the head of the peloton.

Mitchelton-Scott lead through Trafalgar Square.

Round the final corner!

Ewan goes first with 200 metres to go!

It's Ewan vs Ethan Hayter in the closing metres. It looks like Ewan will hold off the young Brit.

Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) wins stage 8 of the Tour of Britain.

A great way for Ewan to end his time at Mitchelton-Scott.

And it's another win in an amazing season for Alaphilippe. Along with this win, he has two Tour de France stages, the polka dot jersey, La Flèche Wallonne, Clásica San Sebastián, and stages at Itzulia, Colombia Oro y Paz and the Critérium du Dauphiné.

Here's a shot of Ewan crossing the line, courtesy of @Movistar_Team.

Stage results and general classification coming up!

Stage result:

Stage result:

While Alaphilippe enjoys another big win during his golden year, there are several other prizes to hand out.

While Alaphilippe enjoys another big win during his golden year, there are several other prizes to hand out.

While Alaphilippe enjoys another big win during his golden year, there are several other prizes to hand out.

The podium ceremony is going on at the moment, with the four jersey winners taking their prizes.

As we wait for the post-race press conferences, why not take a look at what happened in Spain today? Click here to read the Vuelta stage 15 race report, and click here for the live report.

We'll be hearing from both Ewan and Alaphilippe shortly.

Julian Alaphilippe's post-race comments:

And here's Caleb Ewan speaking to the host broadcaster earlier:

And that's the Tour of Britain over and done with for another year. hope you've enjoyed following it live on Cyclingnews with me. Until next time...

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