Tour of Britain: Stage 8 London (split stages)

Latest from stages 8a & 8b of the Tour of Britain on Sunday September 18

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The final day of the Tour of Britain, in front of amazing crowds in the centre of London saw British riders Alex Dowsett (Time Trial) and Mark Cavendish crown a great week long race with victories on the final two stages. Lars Boom won the overall from Steve Cummings, who finished second and Jan Barta who finished third.

HTC-HighRoad Report

The HTC-Highroad men’s squad for the Tour of Britain finished in top form on Sunday, putting Mark Cavendish across the line in first and earning him the points jersey. Cavendish finished part one of stage eight just thirteen points down, making the win in part two mandatory for winning the jersey. Sport director, Allan Peiper couldn’t be happier with the day’s result.

“Cav had a good ride in the time trial,” said Peiper, “The points competition was a priority for him so he was riding for good placement in the final stage.”

“Rabobank was doing a lot of the work at the front today, and Team Sky was also controlling,” Peiper continued, “But by the last kilometer Renshaw and Eisel were on top of it, and dropped Cav off in the usuall fashion for the last time. The crowds were great today, it was a spectacular finish for Cav in his home country, as well as for the team to finish a long tour on a high note.” This marks the five hundred and seventh win for team HTC-Highroad since 2008, and the eleventh win this year for Cavendish.

Photo Album for Stage 8A and 8BClick here to view on Flickr

The Day in Photos

British Time Trial Champion Alex Dowsett took some high profile scalps like Lars Boom in the time trial making his non-selection for the World Time Trial Championships that much more puzzling.

Alex Dowsett gets his time trial underway

Ronan McLaughlin of An Post Dolan Bikes attacks straight out of the blocks in the final stage criterium.

Ronan McLaughlin opens up a gap while in the background, Kristian House attacks to bridge to the Irish rider.

The bunch controlled the gap very well with the lead for the leading duo never getting much above 40 seconds.

Ronan McLaughlin attacked Kristian House and then the Rapha rider returned the compliment going through the bell lap with a slender lead and the question was , in the wet, could he hold off the bunch. He wasn’t with the long straights on the Embankment playing into the peloton’s favour.

It has to be done! The peloton pass by Big Ben during the final stage.



Lars Boom, Rabobank, Winner of the IG Markets Gold Jersey

“It was awesome. London is a very nice city. It’s a lovely country, I didn’t expect that. The public was awesome, a lot of cheering so it was a great week for us.

“My most memorable moment was the first stage, the circuit, the small roads, the rain – it was awesome. I wanted to win this morning, I felt confident on the halfway so I lost a little bit. Our team was very good this week, I was confident with them behind me so there was no problem.

“It’s different riding with six guys in the team. You see that HTC –  Highroad are a bit less strong than normally maybe. We had a really good team with the guys who were here and I was feeling confident everyday.”

Geraint Thomas, Sky ProCycling, Winner of The Prostate Cancer Charity Points Jersey
“We wanted to win the race and crashing on Stage Six didn’t help, and with Lars (Boom) sprinting so well we were always up against it. We thought that after a fifth this morning, I moved ahead of Cavendish so we thought we may as well go for it and try and get on the podium. Fortunately we did and the lads did a great job.   (Ben) Swift took me to the line. I had to get fifth if Cav won and fortunately I got fourth.”

Geraint Thomas reminds Hugh Porter he only fell off once in the Tour!

“A lot of ups and downs this week, quite literally as well. Every day we got stuck in and attacked the race. We learned a lot from last year and definitely improved from there. With only a couple of pro tour teams here everyone looks to us to control the race and make it hard so we’re making no excuses and I think we did well.  Hopefully we can come back next year and win that gold jersey.

“Unbelievable support this week, especially the stage in Wales. We finished ten miles from my home in Cardiff where I grew up so it was great to ride on those roads in front of so many of my mates and fans was unbelievable. The crowds across the whole week are getting bigger all the time.”

Jonathan Tierman Locke, Rapha Condor Sharp, Winner of the Skoda King of the Mountains Jersey
“I moved up two spots today (in general classification) so I am pretty happy with that. A bit disappointed I didn’t pick off another guy to get fifth place but if you’d said at the start of the week I’d sign for sixth place and Skoda King of the Mountains then I would definitely be happy with that.

“All the team have been scoring and helped keep me up there and out of trouble.  Today when I punctured they brought me back from there so I owe a lot of it to them.

“My most memorable moment was my home stage for sure. Riding up Haytor Rocks with all the crowds was brilliant. People cheering my name, I’ve never had anything like that before.”

Mark Cavendish, Team HTC – Highroad, Winner of TfL London Stage 8b
“I didn’t want to take too many risks today with the Worlds coming up. It was a wet finish and I saw (Ben) Swift lose his wheel on the second last corner so I backed off on the last corner and ended up 20 metres behind coming out the last corner. I thought it was too far back to get it but I went for it anyway and I came through on the line.

“It’s been really good to come away with three stage wins this week, can’t get much better. Not only that we go three first and second placings which is superb. Since 2007 and this year, to see how much The Tour has grown is amazing. It’s great to see all the support.

“It’s been perfect preparation for me for next week. The Vuelta looked too hard with too many crashes. I was able to control my training and I won two stages which was good.”

Pieter Ghyllebert, AN Post – Sean Kelly, Winner of Yodel Sprints Jersey
“It was a wonderful week for me and the whole team. I loved the beautiful stages we did. Almost every day we were involved in the break so for the whole team it’s fantastic. It was a bit of a tough start with the weather but other than that it was very nice.”

Steve Cummings, Sky Procycling, Second Overall

It was no suprise after Cummings had given Alex Dowsett such a good challenge in the British Time Trial Championships that he rode a time trial good enough for fouth in the stage and a result that lifted him to second overall.

“I think this time I was well beaten, whereas last time was different as I was so close.  I’m happy with the overall position, my conditions good and that’s just racing, sometimes you have to lose.

“It was great.  Alex did a fantastic time trial and everyone did really well, so I’m happy. I liked the Caerphilly stage up Caerphilly Mountain at the end.  The harder stages I like, a little climb before the finish.

“My characteristics don’t really suit this race as I’m not fast enough in a sprint, but a guy like Ben Swift or G (Geraint Thomas) can be up there in the finishing straight.  You need to be able to take the bonus seconds and unfortunately that’s what lets me down a little bit.”

Jan Barta, Team NetApp, Third Overall
“Before the time trial start I wasn’t sure about how it all will turn out because it was hard for me to estimate the time trial qualities of the other top ten riders. So I started putting in everything I had.

“My efforts got rewarded and I am happy that I finished this tour third overall. It was a tough week to all of us due to the weather conditions in the beginning of The Tour, but everything was very well organized so we had a great time, too. I hope I can come back next year to do even better.”

Jelle Wallays, UNISON Best Young Rider
“It was a very good race, a good organisation, but the weather was not so good!
“I’m very happy to win, it’s good for me.  I worked up to this race, and now Friday is the World Championships for me and I hope I can do something there. In this race I have been a little bit sick because I have a cold, but we will see for Denmark.”

Team Sky finished off the Tour of Britain in style with Alex Dowsett taking victory in the London time trial while Steve Cummings secured second overall.

The eight-day race culminated in a double-header on the streets of London with Dowsett getting the day off to a great start with victory on the 8.8-kilometre course by five seconds.

The victory was significant for Dowsett as it came in his first race since claiming the British National Time Trial Championship, allowing the 22-year-old to wear his national colours in his home race.

Cummings also used the time trial to great effect to propel himself up the leaderboard, moving into second place overall, 36 seconds back on Lars Boom (Rabobank).

The Brit consolidated that position as the event finished with an evening circuit race which saw Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad) sprint to victory as Boom sewed up the overall while Geraint Thomas claimed the points jersey. Team Sky also comfortably secured the teams classification in their home race.

Stage winner Dowsett said: “Everything just clicked. I recceed the course twice and even when I got up this morning I knew that my legs weren’t going to feel as bad as they had done the last few days. It’s been a hard tour for all of us, always trying to put Lars Boom on the back foot so we’ve been attacking all the time and it takes it out of you. Yesterday was a slightly easier stage, being flat and quite controlled gave my legs a chance to come round. Once I got going I knew my legs were good and I could do a good ride.

“It’s amazing; it’s one of those things I would hopefully tell my children in years to come. It’s going to take a while to sink in. London has been pretty kind to me, it’s amazing.”

Amazing – only one word needed for the crowds who lined the route in their tens of thousands for both stages.

Second placed Cummings added: “It’s a good result. Obviously with it being our home race it would be good if we could have won. We didn’t really have a lot of good luck throughout the race. I crashed, G (Geraint Thomas) crashed and then we came up against a really strong rider in Lars Boom on that terrain. But overall it’s pretty good.

“Today was great. It was a fantastic result from Alex. That was really special and obviously G got the points jersey today because he didn’t half have a bad crash. To get up and still do that was a great achievement.

“It was a really good atmosphere today. Every year it seems to be getting better and better – more and more people and supporters. It’s been like that everywhere this race not just London.”


Stage 8b
1    Mark Cavendish    HTC Highroad        1h 59′ 13”
2    Mark Renshaw    HTC Highroad        st
3    Robert Förster    UnitedHealthcare        st
4    Geraint Thomas    Sky ProCycling        st
5    Ben Swift    Sky ProCycling        st
6    Giacomo Nizzolo**    Leopard Trek        st
7    Tobyn Horton    Motorpoint        st
8    Andrew Fenn**    An Post – Sean Kelly        st
9    Dan Craven    Rapha Condor – Sharp        st
10    Stijn Neirynck    Topsport Vlaanderen        st
11    Cesare Benedetti    Team NetApp        st
12    Michael Matthews**    Rabobank        st
13    Jonathan McEvoy**    Motorpoint        st
14    Iker Camano    Endura Racing        st
15    Linus Gerdemann    Leopard Trek    at    0′ 5”
16    Roger Hammond    Team Garmin – Cervelo        st
17    Boy Van Poppel    UnitedHealthcare        st
18    Marcin Bialoblocki    Motorpoint        st
19    Daniel Lloyd    Team Garmin – Cervelo        st
20    Jelle Wallays**    Topsport Vlaanderen        st
21    Gediminas Bagdonas    An Post – Sean Kelly        st
22    Chris Jones    UnitedHealthcare        st
23    Stijn Joseph    Topsport Vlaanderen        st
24    Karl Menzies    UnitedHealthcare        st
25    Mark McNally**    An Post – Sean Kelly        st
26    Jan Barta    Team NetApp        st
27    Liam Holohan    Team Raleigh        st
28    Rene Mandri    Endura Racing        st
29    Thor Hushovd    Team Garmin – Cervelo        st
30    Jonathan Tiernan Locke    Rapha Condor – Sharp        st
31    Dominic Klemme    Leopard Trek        st
32    Franck Bouyer    Team Europcar        st
33    Bartosz Huzarski    Team NetApp        st
34    Gael Le Bellec    Team Raleigh        st
35    Alex Wetterall    Endura Racing        st
36    Andy Tennant    Rapha Condor – Sharp        st
37    James Sampson    Motorpoint        st
38    Michael Rogers    Sky ProCycling        st
39    Lars Boom    Rabobank        st
40    Jack Bauer    Endura Racing        st
41    Joost Posthuma    Leopard Trek        st
42    Peter Williams    Motorpoint        st
43    Stephen Cummings    Sky ProCycling        st
44    Andreas Dietziker    Team NetApp    at    0′ 12”
45    Julian Dean    Team Garmin – Cervelo        st
46    Zak Dempster    Rapha Condor – Sharp        st
47    Russell Hampton    Sigma Sport-Specialized        st
48    Gabriel Rasch    Team Garmin – Cervelo        st
49    Will Clarke    Leopard Trek        st
50    Jan-Bert Lindeman**    Vacansoleil – DCM        st
51    Tom Last    Sigma Sport-Specialized        st
52    Tom Murray    Sigma Sport-Specialized        st
53    Richard Handley**    Team Raleigh        st
54    Lars Bak    HTC Highroad        st
55    Bram Tankink    Rabobank    at    0′ 16”
56    Mathew Hayman    Sky ProCycling    at    0′ 19”
57    Rory Sutherland    UnitedHealthcare    at    0′ 20”
58    Simon Richardson    Sigma Sport-Specialized        st
59    Jamie Sparling    Team Raleigh        st
60    Alexandre Pichot    Team Europcar        st
61    Wouter Sybrandy    Sigma Sport-Specialized        st
62    Leopold Koenig    Team NetApp    at    0′ 23”
63    Kenny De Ketele    Topsport Vlaanderen    at    0′ 24”
64    Preben Van Hecke    Topsport Vlaanderen        st
65    Bernhard Eisel    HTC Highroad        st
66    Jonathan Clarke    UnitedHealthcare        st
67    Mathieu Claude    Team Europcar        st
68    Rik Flens    Rabobank    at    0′ 54”
69    Damien Gaudin    Team Europcar    at    0′ 55”
70    Pieter Ghyllebert    An Post – Sean Kelly    at    1′ 2”
71    Ronan McLaughlin    An Post – Sean Kelly    at    1′ 21”
72    Yohann Gene    Team Europcar    at    1′ 26”
73    Matt Brammeier    HTC Highroad    at    1′ 40”
74    Alex Dowsett    Sky ProCycling        st
75    Steve Lampier    Sigma Sport-Specialized    at    1′ 48”
76    Anthony Charteau    Team Europcar    at    1′ 59”
77    Coen Vermeltfoort    Rabobank    at    2′ 7”
78    Mark Cassidy    An Post – Sean Kelly    at    2′ 20”
79    Kristian House    Rapha Condor – Sharp    at    2′ 59”

1    Lars Boom    Rabobank        2h 57′ 35”
2    Stephen Cummings    Sky ProCycling    at    0′ 36”
3    Jan Barta    Team NetApp    at    0′ 55”
4    Linus Gerdemann    Leopard Trek    at    0′ 57”
5    Jonathan Tiernan Locke    Rapha Condor – Sharp    at    1′ 3”
6    Iker Camano    Endura Racing    at    1′ 7”
7    Jelle Wallays**    Topsport Vlaanderen    at    1′ 12”
8    Joost Posthuma    Leopard Trek    at    1′ 13”
9    Leopold Koenig    Team NetApp    at    1′ 19”
10    Daniel Lloyd    Team Garmin – Cervelo    at    1′ 25”
11    Michael Rogers    Sky ProCycling    at    1′ 30”
12    Geraint Thomas    Sky ProCycling    at    1′ 55”
13    Mark Cavendish    HTC Highroad    at    2′ 23”
14    Boy Van Poppel    UnitedHealthcare    at    2′ 52”
15    Andrew Fenn**    An Post – Sean Kelly    at    2′ 53”
16    Dominic Klemme    Leopard Trek    at    3′ 2”
17    Jan-Bert Lindeman**    Vacansoleil – DCM    at    3′ 10”
18    Dan Craven    Rapha Condor – Sharp    at    3′ 18”
19    Bram Tankink    Rabobank    at    3′ 39”
20    Rory Sutherland    UnitedHealthcare    at    3′ 52”
21    Michael Matthews**    Rabobank    at    4′ 14”
22    Lars Bak    HTC Highroad    at    5′ 3”
23    Stijn Neirynck    Topsport Vlaanderen    at    5′ 14”
24    Russell Hampton    Sigma Sport-Specialized    at    5′ 17”
25    Mathew Hayman    Sky ProCycling    at    6′ 55”
26    Alex Dowsett    Sky ProCycling    at    8′ 20”
27    Jack Bauer    Endura Racing    at    8′ 58”
28    Bartosz Huzarski    Team NetApp    at    9′ 22”
29    Julian Dean    Team Garmin – Cervelo    at    9′ 37”
30    Gabriel Rasch    Team Garmin – Cervelo    at    9′ 40”
31    Alexandre Pichot    Team Europcar    at    9′ 41”
32    Thor Hushovd    Team Garmin – Cervelo    at    9′ 49”
33    Simon Richardson    Sigma Sport-Specialized        st
34    Gediminas Bagdonas    An Post – Sean Kelly    at    9′ 57”
35    Anthony Charteau    Team Europcar    at    10′ 15”
36    Jonathan McEvoy**    Motorpoint    at    10′ 41”
37    Rene Mandri    Endura Racing    at    11′ 7”
38    Zak Dempster    Rapha Condor – Sharp    at    11′ 14”
39    Marcin Bialoblocki    Motorpoint    at    11′ 19”
40    Liam Holohan    Team Raleigh    at    11′ 27”
41    Roger Hammond    Team Garmin – Cervelo    at    12′ 8”
42    Gael Le Bellec    Team Raleigh    at    12′ 13”
43    Chris Jones    UnitedHealthcare    at    12′ 29”
44    Bernhard Eisel    HTC Highroad    at    13′ 6”
45    Giacomo Nizzolo**    Leopard Trek    at    13′ 20”
46    Kristian House    Rapha Condor – Sharp    at    13′ 40”
47    Robert Förster    UnitedHealthcare    at    13′ 52”
48    Franck Bouyer    Team Europcar    at    13′ 55”
49    Andy Tennant    Rapha Condor – Sharp    at    14′ 11”
50    Wouter Sybrandy    Sigma Sport-Specialized    at    14′ 35”
51    Karl Menzies    UnitedHealthcare    at    14′ 47”
52    Richard Handley**    Team Raleigh    at    14′ 53”
53    Cesare Benedetti    Team NetApp    at    15′ 17”
54    Alex Wetterall    Endura Racing    at    15′ 36”
55    Ben Swift    Sky ProCycling    at    15′ 39”
56    Preben Van Hecke    Topsport Vlaanderen    at    16′ 3”
57    Mark Renshaw    HTC Highroad    at    16′ 18”
58    Mathieu Claude    Team Europcar    at    16′ 33”
59    Will Clarke    Leopard Trek    at    16′ 38”
60    Kenny De Ketele    Topsport Vlaanderen    at    16′ 47”
61    Andreas Dietziker    Team NetApp        st
62    Pieter Ghyllebert    An Post – Sean Kelly    at    16′ 59”
63    Ronan McLaughlin    An Post – Sean Kelly    at    17′ 12”
64    Peter Williams    Motorpoint    at    17′ 30”
65    Tom Last    Sigma Sport-Specialized    at    17′ 36”
66    James Sampson    Motorpoint    at    17′ 38”
67    Steve Lampier    Sigma Sport-Specialized    at    18′ 16”
68    Mark McNally**    An Post – Sean Kelly    at    18′ 19”
69    Jamie Sparling    Team Raleigh    at    18′ 32”
70    Yohann Gene    Team Europcar    at    18′ 38”
71    Matt Brammeier    HTC Highroad    at    19′ 38”
72    Tobyn Horton    Motorpoint    at    20′ 53”
73    Tom Murray    Sigma Sport-Specialized    at    21′ 19”
74    Damien Gaudin    Team Europcar    at    22′ 9”
75    Stijn Joseph    Topsport Vlaanderen    at    25′ 26”
76    Mark Cassidy    An Post – Sean Kelly    at    32′ 2”
77    Rik Flens    Rabobank    at    34′ 7”
78    Coen Vermeltfoort    Rabobank    at    35′ 27”
79    Jonathan Clarke    UnitedHealthcare    at    36′ 56”

1    Geraint Thomas    Sky ProCycling
2    Mark Cavendish    HTC Highroad
3    Lars Boom    Rabobank

1    Jonathan Tiernan Locke    Rapha Condor – Sharp
2    Russell Hampton    Sigma Sport-Specialized
3    Stephen Cummings    Sky ProCycling

1.    Pieter Ghyllebert    An Post – Sean Kelly
2.    Gediminas Bagdonas    An Post – Sean Kelly
3.    Ronan McLaughlin    An Post – Sean Kelly

Stage 8a, TfL London Stage Individual Time Trial
1 Alex Dowsett  (GB, Sky Procycling)  10:14:73
2 Lars Boom  (Ned, Rabobank)   @ 0:05
3 Lieuwe Westra  (Ned, Vacansoleil DCM)  same time
4 Steve Cummings  (GB, Sky Procycling)  @ 0:09
5 Geraint Thomas  (GB, Sky Procycling)  @ 0:16
6 Alex Wetterall  (Swe, Endura Racing)  @ 0:19
7 Michael Rogers  (Aus, Sky Procycling)  same time
8 Thor Hushovd  (Nor, Garmin Cervelo)  @ 0:23
9 Damien Guadin  (Fra, Europcar)   @ 0:25
10 Joost Posthuma  (Ned, Leopard Trek)  @ 0:26

Overall General Classification, after Stage 8a
1 Lars Boom  (Ned, Rabobank)   24:58:17
2 Stephen Cummings (GB, Sky ProCycling)  @ 0:36
3 Jan Barta  (Cze, Team NetApp)  @ 0:56
4 Linus Gerdemann  (Ger, Leopard Trek)  @ 0:57
5 Leopold Koenig  (Cze, Team NetApp)  @ 1:01
6 Jonathan Tiernan Locke (GB, Rapha Condor Sharp) @ 1:03
7 Jelle Wallays  (Bel, Topsport Vlaanderen) @ 1:12
8 Iker Camano  (Spa, Endura Racing)  same time
9 Joost Posthuma  (Ned, Leopard Trek)  @ 1:13
10 Daniel Lloyd  (GB, Team Garmin – Cervelo) @ 1:25

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2011 Tour of Britain – Stage by Stage
1. Peebles to Dumfries, 170km (Sunday September 11)
2. Kendal to Blackpool, 138km (Monday September 12)
3. Stoke-on-Trent to Trentham Gardens, 140km (Tuesday September 13)
4. Welshpool to Caerphilly, 180km (Wednesday September 14)
5. Exeter to Exmouth, 180km (Thursday September 15)
6. Taunton to Wells, 146km (Friday September 16)
7. Bury St Edmunds to Sandringham, 200km (Saturday September 17)
8a. London 9km individual time trial (Sunday September 18)
8b. London 90km criterium (Sunday September 18)

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