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Tour of Britain 2017: Ewan Wins Stage 1

Caleb Ewan won the first stage of the 2017 Tour of Britain in a bunch sprint on the cobbled streets of Kelso to take the first green leaders jersey.

Ewan out-sprinted rivals Boasson-Hagen (Dimension Data), Viviana (Team Sky) and Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin) on the line to win by half a wheel in a frantic finish.

The stage included plenty of climbing once the riders were out of Edinburgh, taking in the sights and the gradients of the Scottish borderlands with plenty of points on offer for the SKODA King of the Mountains jersey contenders.

Tour of Britain 2017: Stage 1 Profile

The day’s break was established after 20km of racing with 8 riders going clear, quickly getting an advantage of 3′ although this was soon pegged back to just over 2′ once the peloton got organised and began to chase. The break included Karol Domagalski (One Pro Cycling), Jacob Scott (AnPost-ChainReaction), Robert Partridge (Bike Channel-Canyon), Connor Swift (Madison-Genesis), Graham Briggs (JLT-Condor), Mark McNally (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Łukasz Owsian (CCC Sprandi-Polkowice), and Gorka Izagirre (Movistar).

The eight riders managed to maintain their led until the first pass of the finish line, which put them on a 79km loop around the borderlands that included some sections with nasty crosswinds. These crosswinds caused several breakaway riders to drop back and be collected by the Katusha-Alpecin and BMC-driven peloton, leaving just Domagalski and Owsian out at the front of the race with more than 30km left.

The pair were able to stay away until the day’s final climb at Dingleton (Cat2) where they were caught be the peloton which began to get organised into sprint teams. The pace was kept high though which led to many riders being dropped on the climb and putting them out of contention for the finish. The most notable of these being Mark Cavendish who returns to racing after crashing out of the Tour de France on Stage 4, his chances of contesting the sprint finish vanishing up the road.

With the peloton all together on the flat run into the finish, the bunch sprint was inevitable and the sprint teams began to drive the pace at the front of the race with Team Sky working for Viviani, Orica-Scott working for Ewan and Katusha-Alpecin working for Kristoff.

The final km saw a very technical run into the line where positioning would be essential and Orica-Scott were able to take the best line, leaving Ewan with little work to do as he followed Boasson-Hagen who opened his sprint early, coming around the Dimension Data rider to take the win.

The bonus seconds picked up in the breakaway by Domagalski saw him finish in third in the GC behind Boasson-Hagen and Ewan.

Tour of Britain 2017 Stage 1: Edinburgh>Kelso 190km

Position Name (Team – Nationality) Time
1 Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott – Aus) 4:34:17″
2 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data – Nor) s.t.
3 Elia Viviani (Team Sky – Ita) s.t.
4 Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin – Nor) s.t.
5 Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step – Col) s.t.
6 Chris Lawless (Team GB – GBr) s.t.
7 Brenton Jones (JLT-Condor – Aus) s.t.
8 Nikolas Maes (Lotto-Soudal – Bel) s.t.
9 Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step – Cze) s.t.
10 Floris Gerts (BMC – Ned) s.t.

Tour of Britain 2017: General Classification

Position Name (Team – Nationality) Time
1 Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott – Aus) 4:34:07″
2 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data – Nor) +3″
3 Karol Domagalski (One Pro Cycling – Pol) +4″
4 Elia Viviani (Team Sky – Ita) +6″
5 Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin – Nor) +10″
6 Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step – Col) s.t.
7 Chris Lawless (Team GB – GBr) s.t.
8 Brenton Jones (JLT-Condor – Aus) s.t.
9 Nikolas Maes (Lotto-Soudal – Bel) s.t.
10 Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step – Cze) s.t.
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