Tour of Britain #1: Late crash ends stage win hopes

Mark Cavendish 1 Schoten

Stage 1 of the 2016 Tour of Britain came down to a bunch sprint finish. After 161 kilometers from Glasgow to Castle Douglas it was André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) who had the fastest legs. Caleb Ewan (Orica-BikeExchange) and Ramon Sinkeldam (Giant-Alpecin) crossed the line in 2nd and 3rd respectively. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka’s stage win and Yellow jersey hopes came to an abrupt end when Mark Cavendish got involved in a late crash.

Jasper Bovenhuis, Emiel Wastyn (An Post-ChainReaction), Thomas Moses (JLT-Condor). Peter Williams (One Pro Cycling) and Jonathan McEvoy (NFTO) formed the break of the day. Their gap grew to a maximum of around 4 minutes. When the race reached the final 50 kilometers the sprinters teams got organized and reeled the break back in with less than 10 kilometers to go. Our African team was seen near the front of the pack nearly all day, trying to deliver Cavendish to the stage win.

Unfortunately, the Manxman got involved in a crash in the final corner, that also saw Elia Viviani (Sky) taking a fall. While this crash meant that others would take the stage win glory today, Cavendish was able to get up again shortly to finish the stage.

Roger Hammond – Sports Director

It was one of those days, I guess. There was an early break but we were able to keep the gap under control. Other teams joined in in the chase, as it was always going to be a bunch sprint finish. We were positioned well in the run-in. Unfortunately, Mark crashed inside the last few hundred meters. There are more chances to come.

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