Stage 1 – Scully takes the lead in Normandy


It was a good day for Madison Genesis with Tom Stewart getting in the break and then Tom Scully take the lead on GC

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Stage 1 – Scully takes the lead in Normandy

To accompany the 143 starters on staged 1 was heavy rain and freezing cold for the longest stage of the Tour of Normandy 2015. After 20 kilometres, two riders managed to get a gap on the peloton before being joined 10 km later by three more.


Tom Scully, photo Tour of Normandie

Maximilian Schachmann (AWT-Greenway), Thomas STEWART (Madison Genesis), Laurent Vanden Bak (Leopard Development), Mads Christensen (Riwal Platform Cycling Team) and Connor Mc CONVEY (Team 3M) were given there freedom by the BMC controlled peloton.

With a maximum gap of 4’25 at KM 50, the break started to split in the latter stages of the race. Vanden Bak cracked after 129km, then Mads Christensen blew as rest started to attack each other as BMC were playing with the gap which yoyo’d between 30 seconds and 1’30. Finally, on the finishing circuit of 30 km, the break was caught one by one and the race finished in a bunch kick with British rider Owain Doull getting 7th on the stage.

Best post race tweet came from mark McNally who replied to another by his team Madison Genesis saying he’d crash. Liverpool’s McNally simply replied “I didn’t crash I just had a lie down because I was sleepy”…

Hope you’re okay Mark ….

1. Lucas Destang
7. Owain Doull, Team Wiggins

20. Alex Peters, Madison Genesis
24. Mark Christian, Team Wiggins
44. Tom Scully, Madison Genesis
46. Andy Tennant, Team Wiggins
62. Jon Dibben, Team Wiggins
64. Jake Tanner, Team 3M
66. Ali Slater, AN Post
68. Tom Moses, JLT Condor
78. Dominic Jelfs, Madison Genesis
79. Kristian House, JLT Condor
87. Tom Stewart, Madison Genesis
89. Mike Cuming, JLT Condor
92. Harry Tanfield, JLT Condor
93. Conor Dunne, AN Post
96. Joshua Edmondson, An Post
102. Erick Rowsell, Madison Genesis
104. Elliott Porter, Team 3M
105. Ryan Mullen, AN Post
107. Richard Handley, JLT Condor
110. Mark McNally, Madison Genesis
121. Chris Lawless,
124. Dan Patten, Team Wiggins
139. Ed Clancy, JLT Condor

1. Tom Scully, Madison Genesis
12. Owain Doull, Team Wiggins

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