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Groenewegen wins stage one of the Tour of Britain

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Holland's Dylan Groenewegen won the opening stage of the Tour of Britain in a sprint finish at the end of a 125-mile ride between Glasgow and Kirkcudbright.

Groenewegen, a two-time stage winner in the event, held off Davide Cimolai and former European champion Matteo Trentin.

"It was perfect, we had no help today so we did it all as a team," the Dutchman said afterwards.

"We rode very strongly to catch the breakaway and make it a sprint. I could take my own line, it was a very good lead-out. I was on the wheel of Trentin and then I went full gas."

Team Jumbo-Visma worked hard at the front of the peleton to keep the breakaway group to no more than a two-minute advantage on the longest day of the race and with four miles to go they caught up,

Rory Townsend claimed the Eisberg sprints jersey and second place in the general classification thanks to time bonuses, three seconds behind Groenewegen.


Alaphilippe wraps up overall victory in the Tour of Britain in London

Julian Alaphilippe wrapped up overall victory at the OVO Energy Tour of Britain in London . Credit: PA

France's Julian Alaphilippe wrapped up overall victory at the OVO Energy Tour of Britain in London on Sunday as Australia's Caleb Ewan won the final stage on Regent Street.

As expected, the 77-kilometres eighth and final stage finished in a bunch sprint, with Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) winning ahead of Fernando Gaviria (QuickStep-Floors) and Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal).

Germany's Greipel had won two stages earlier this week, but Ewan was triumphant on this occasion.

Alaphilippe protected his 17-second lead on Saturday's penultimate stage and completed victory ahead of Holland's Wout Poels (Team Sky) and Slovenia's Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo).

Scott Davies (Team Dimension Data) was the highest-placed Briton in 12th place, one minute 54 seconds behind Alaphilippe.

Roglic tops the Tour of Britain standings after stage five

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Primoz Roglic took over at the top of the Tour of Britain standings after his LottoNL-Jumbo team won the team time trial in Cumbria.

The Dutch team finished 16 seconds ahead of Quick-Step Floors with Katusha-Alpecin in third place a further four seconds back.

Paddy Bevin had started the stage in the green jersey but was forced to relinquish his lead as his BMC team trailed in sixth place, 40 seconds behind the winners.

Slovenian Roglic, who finished fourth at this year's Tour de France, had started the day 16 seconds behind Bevin in the overall standings.

Roglic told the Tour's official website: "Getting the green jersey was not really a big objective - we just wanted to do a nice team time trial.

"There was quite a bit of communication on the road because it was a really hard climb. I think all the guys did a really good job."

The win for Roglic's team lifts him six seconds clear in the standings ahead of Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe, with Bob Jungels a further 10 seconds back.

The potentially crucial sixth stage from Barrow back to Whinlatter Pass will take place on Friday.

Greipel claims another stage at the Tour of Britain

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Germany's Andre Greipel was victorious at Royal Leamington Spa as the Tour of Britain's fourth stage ended in a sprint.

The Lotto-Soudal sprinter won for a second time this week, adding the 183.5-kilometres stage from Nuneaton to Sunday's opening win in Newport, with Italy's Sacha Modolo (Education First) second and Patrick Bevin (BMC Racing) third.

New Zealand's Bevin (BMC Racing) retained the overall lead ahead of Thursday's fifth stage, a 14km uphill team time-trial from Cockermouth to Whinlatter.

Australia's Cameron Meyer is four seconds behind and Julian Alaphilippe of France is a further two seconds back. Hugh Carthy (Education First) is the highest-placed Briton, 0.23 behind in ninth.

After his second win in four days, Greipel told ITV4: "I knew it was going to be a long sprint but I planned to go from the corner full gas and it worked out perfectly."

The race finishes on Sunday in central London.


Mayer wins stage two of the Tour of Britain

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Italian Alessandro Tonelli claimed the overall lead in the Tour of Britain despite losing a sprint finish to Australian Cameron Mayer on the second stage.

Tonelli, of the Bardiani-CSF team, took a six-second time bonus on the line which meant he claimed the green jersey on the 108-mile Cranbrook to Barnstaple stage in Devon.

Meyer, the Commonwealth Games time trial champion, edged out the Italian on the finish line after a day-long breakaway.

The Michelton-Scott rider, who last claimed a road race victory in February 2015, and Tonelli had been a part of the main group which went clear in the opening nine miles.

"I've been here at the Tour of Britain six or seven years ago when I was caught in the last kilometre so I was hoping there was no deja vu," Meyer told ITV 4.

"I just picked my moment to go across to four guys and we had a breakaway of five. In the end it was a great bike race for me and a thrilling finish.

New Zealander Patrick Bevan currently sits third in the overall classification, just eight seconds behind with Team Sky's Dutchman Wout Poels leading the chasing group.

British duo Scott Davies, having taken the King of the Mountains jersey, and Hugh Carthy are both within 22 seconds of the leader.

"It was a hard stage. A group of five went early on and I just tried to sweep up the KoM points," said Team Dimension Data's Davies.

Greipel wins stage one of Tour of Britain

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Germany's Andre Greipel claimed the honours on the opening stage of the Tour of Britain in Newport on Sunday.

Greipel (Lotto Soudal) beat Australia's Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton Scott) and Fernando Gaviria (QuickStep-Floors) in a bunch sprint at the end of the 174.8-kilometres stage from Pembrey Country Park in Carmarthenshire.

Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas and his Team Sky colleague Chris Froome, the four-time Tour de France winner competing at his national tour for a first time since 2009, both finished safely in the pack, on the same time as Greipel. Froome was 64th and Thomas 77th.

Cardiff's Thomas, racing on home roads, has been enjoying his yellow jersey success but was determined to put on a show.

The 32-year-old attacked on the day's final climb, but was joined by Julien Alaphilippe and another QuickStep-Floors rider, Bob Jungels.

Jungels forged on as his fellow escapes were reeled in and the Luxembourg rider was caught with 1km to go as the sprinters' teams found their formation.

And it was Greipel, an 11-time Tour de France stage winner who won the opening stage of the Tour of Britain on his most recent appearance in 2016, who emerged victorious for a first win since May.

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