Tour of Britain

3rd -10th September 2017

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  • Stage 1
  • Stage 2
  • Stage 3
  • Stage 4
  • Stage 5
  • Stage 6
  • Stage 7
  • Stage 8
Scotland hosted the Grand Depart of The Tour of Britain, and a day after hundreds of amateur cyclists had enjoyed sections of the route in mild conditions, heavy rain and wind blitzed the opening day of the professional race.

The inclement conditions turned the 210-kilometre stage into an arduous affair, but despite the efforts of various riders it came down to a bunch sprint in front of Drumlanrig Castle.

With a crash disrupting the peloton, it was an Italian 1-2 at the front with Elia Viviani leading home Alessandro Petacchi for the stage win, and the first IG Gold Jersey of the 2013 Tour

1 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling

2 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Omega Pharma Quick-Step

3 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN Qhubeka

The Tour of Britain returned to Carlisle for the second year in succession, but in 2013 the stage headed through the heart of Cumbria and the Lake District, before a memorable finish on the climb of Beast Banks in Kendal.

Starting off in sunshine, the weather once again deteriorated making Stage Two a gruelling test of man and machine. The crowds nevertheless were spectacular, with Honister Pass packed with spectators to cheer on an attack from climbers Dan Martin and Nairo Quintana.

The duo were reigned in, along with Quintana's teammate Angel Madrazo, with both Mark Cavendish and Thomas Lofkvist trying to escape in the closing miles. The Swede was eventually caught on the final climb, with Sam Bennett and Gerald Ciolek powering by, with the 2013 Milan San Remo winner taking yet another win in poor weather conditions.

1 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN Qhubeka
2 Sam Bennett (Irl) AN Post Chain Reaction
3 Thomas Lofkvist (Swe) IAM Cycling

Knowsley hosted a special 10-mile individual time trial to help The Tour celebrate the tenth anniversary of the modern race, starting and finishing from within Knowsley Safari Park.

On roads close to home and with an eye on the forthcoming World Time Trial Championships there was only going to be one winner, with Sir Bradley Wiggins beating Sky teammate Ian Stannard into second by over half a minute.

The stage win put Wiggins into the IG Gold Jersey, with a 37" advantage over Stannard and a further 10" on Switzerland's Martin Elmiger.

1 Sir Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Pro Cycling

2 Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Pro Cycling

3 Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin Sharp

The race visited Stoke-on-Trent on day four, but instead of the traditional start and finish in the city The Tour of Britain headed west, away from the Potteries for its first foray into North Wales.

The stage took riders through Wrexham, Flintshire, Denbighshire, Conwy and into Gwynedd for the finish at Llanberis, with a thrilling finale as the bunch caught the breakaway at the 1-kilometre to go kite.

Excellent work by the Omega Pharma Quick-Step team set up Mark Cavendish for the win, his eighth in The Tour of Britain, making him the most successful rider in the modern incarnation of the race.

1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma Quick-Step

2 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling

3 Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin Sharp

In 2013 Wales hosted a stage and a half of The Tour of Britain, with over 300-kilometres of racing in the Principality, equating to almost 1/3 of the 2013 route. Stage Five saw a return to Powys, with Machynlleth the latest mid-Wales town to host a stage start.

Having enjoyed good weather in North Wales, the torrential rain returned to the race, soaking the peloton and spectators as they headed south. By the time the race reached Caerphilly though the sunshine had returned, with two laps of a packed Caerphilly Mountain sparking the race into life.

Tour de France King of the Mountains Nairo Quintana was the star of the show, but he couldn't escape a small select group that would contest the finish, with Ireland's Sam Bennett taking his biggest win to date outside of Caerphilly Castle.

1 Sam Bennett (Irl) AN Post Chain Reaction

2 Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma Quick-Step

3 Martin Elmiger (Sui) IAM Cycling

After days of changeable weather, The Tour of Britain was at last bathed in sunshine on the East Devon coast for the Stage Six Start in Sidmouth, which saw some of the biggest crowds anywhere in 2013.

Heading inland from the Jurassic Coast, it was a sea to summit stage as The Tour had its first ever summit finish on Haytor at the heart of the Dartmoor National Park.

An early break was swept up with the head of the field gradually being whittled down on the 7-kilometre climb. Towards the top it was the only time during the 2013 race that the IG Gold Jersey of Sir Bradley Wiggins appeared to be in trouble, eventually dropping just 7" in the face of some attacking riding by the IAM team and MTN's Sergio Pardilla.

But at the top it was Simon Yates who was celebrating, taking the stage win to lift him to third overall, as Martin Elmiger moved into second and Ian Stannard tumbled down the top 10.

1 Simon Yates (GBr) Great Britain
2 Martin Elmiger (Sui) IAM Cycling
3 David Lopez (Spa) Sky Pro Cycling

After the popularity of the overall finish in Guildford a year previously, Stage Seven returned to Surrey for a 155-kilometre route from Epsom Downs Racecourse to Guildford's cobbled High Street.

Throughout the route crowds lined the road, particularly in the many towns and villages and the three categorised SKODA King of the Mountains climbs. With Mark Cavendish again eyeing victory in Guildford the stage was never going to be anything but a sprint, and when Alessandro Petacchi set him up perfectly, the Manxman went from the bottom of the High Street, just holding off Stage One winner Elia Viviani at the top.

1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma Quick-Step
2 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling
3 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN Qhubeka

The Tour of Britain returned to central London for its final stage, taking place over 10 laps on the iconic Westminster to Tower Hill circuit, with the finish line outside Downing Street on Whitehall.

Ahead of the men's race Hannah Barnes took victory in the Johnson Health Tech Westminster Grand Prix, a precursor to the new-for-2015 Women's Tour.

Crowds lined the entire 8.8-kilometre circuit, gathering on bridges overlooking the route through the city to witness the final stage and Sir Bradley Wiggins winning The Tour of Britain.

As fast paced race was never going to be anything but a furiously contested sprint, with Alessandro Petacchi again setting up Mark Cavendish perfectly for his tenth Tour of Britain stage win, while Sam Bennett took second for this third top three finish of the week, each on a vastly different terrain to highlight his potential.

With Wiggins sealing the overall, Simon Yates took third and the Best Under-23 rider, while second placed man Martin Elmiger added the Chain Reaction Cycles Points Jersey to his haul.

Movistar's Angel Madrazo, who became a fan favourite during the week for his podium antics, took both the SKODA King of the Mountains jersey and the Yodel Direct Sprints Jersey, the latter of which was only decided on the final day in a close battle with reigning winner Peter Williams.

1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma Quick-Step
2 Sam Bennett (Irl) AN Post Chain Reaction
3 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling

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