Tour of Britain

3rd -10th September 2017

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  • Stage 3
  • Stage 4
  • Stage 5
  • Stage 6
  • Stage 7
  • Stage 8

2009 - Stage 1, Scunthorpe to York

The Tour opened with a flat stage between Scunthorpe and York, ideal for the sprinters, as was eventually proved. But before Chris Sutton could lead home an Antipodean 1-2-3 in the historic city of York, the thousands of fans who lined the route were greeted by a fine display of attacking riding by escapees Martin Mortensen and Thomas De Gendt, who would go on to become the star of the race.

The duo spent much of the hot and sunny day ahead of the peloton, but were caught on the run in to York allowing Sutton to sprint his way into yellow ahead of Michele Merlo and Briton Ben Swift.

1 Chris Sutton (Aus) Garmin - Slipstream
2 Michele Merlo (Ita) Barloworld
3 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha

2009 - Stage 2, Darlington to Newcastle-Gateshead

An emotional Kai Reus rode to a solo victory on the banks of the River Tyne, crossing the line just nine seconds ahead of a fast closing peloton, leaving the Norwegians Kristoff and Boasson Hagen to sprint it out for second place.

Reus had earlier bridged to the gap to join the break of Tanel Kangert and Thomas De Gendt on the KoM at Langley. The trio then worked well together, but as the peloton closed in Kangert and De Gendt faded on the outskirts of Tynemouth, leaving Reus with a ten kilometre solo ride to victory.

Exhorted by team director Erik Dekker, Reus held on for his first win since a life threatening crash whilst training in the French Alps in July 2007, with the win also putting the Dutchman into the leader's yellow jersey.

1 Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank
2 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker - Bianchi
3 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Columbia - HTC

2009 - Stage 3, Peebles to Gretna Green

Edvald Boasson Hagen sprinted to victory in Scotland for the second year in succession, taking his fourth career Tour of Britain stage win in the process. Once again Thomas De Gendt starred in a day long break on the rolling roads from Peebles to Gretna Green, but Rabobank closely guarded Kai Reus' yellow jersey, bringing the race back together for a sprint finish.

A last ditch effort by Emilien Berges wasn't enough to hold off the peloton though, with Boasson Hagen sprinting to the win on a long, straight, finishing section, ahead of Michele Merlo and Stage One winner Chris Sutton.

1 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Columbia - HTC
2 Michele Merlo (Ita) Barloworld
3 Chris Sutton (Aus) Garmin - Slipstream

2009 - Stage 4, Blackpool to Blackpool

A high-class break threatened to turn the General Classification upside down on the fells of Lancashire, in this stage starting and finishing in Blackpool. On the climbs of the Forest of Bowland Irish Champion Nicolas Roche, Federico Canuti and Simon Clarke were joined by Maxime Monfort, Vladimir Karpets and defending champion Geoffroy Lequartre, with the group building a healthy lead.

But the flat run in back to the coast saw their advantage swallowed, with the sextet eventually caught as the peloton swooped onto Blackpool's promenade, setting up Edvald Boasson Hagen for his second stage win of the race.

1 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Columbia - HTC
2 Chris Sutton (Aus) Garmin - Slipstream
3 Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team

2009 - Stage 5, The Stoke-on-Trent Stage

For the second year in succession Edvald Boasson Hagen won in Stoke-on-Trent, for the second successive year making it three stage wins in The Tour. Much like in 2008, this also saw the Columbia rider narrowly beating an Italian, who couldn't live with the speed of Boasson Hagen on the uphill finish. Time bonuses also ensured that Boasson Hagen took over the yellow jersey from Kai Reus.

Beginning from the Britannia Stadium, home of Stoke City FC, the peloton headed out into the hills of the Staffordshire Moorlands, before returning to the city after a great deal of climbing, including the packed Gunn Hill.

1 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Columbia - HTC
2 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha
3 Russell Downing (GBr) CandiTV - Marshalls Pasta

2009 - Stage 6, Frome to Bideford

Yellow clad Edvald Boasson Hagen sprinted to his fourth stage win of The Tour at Bideford, in front of some of the largest crowds witnessed outside of London by The Tour of Britain.

His Columbia team had to work hard for victory though, as a trio of British riders (Geraint Thomas, Ian Stannard and Ben Swift) did their best to derail the Norwegians overall lead by leading a long break across Exmoor. Despite still holding 30 seconds advantage with five kilometres to go, Columbia, assisted by Joker - Bianchi and Cervelo reeled them in, making the catch with just 1.5km to go, allowing Boasson Hagen to display his formidable sprint from the front once again.

Thanks to his presence in the break, Thomas De Gendt secured the King of the Mountains title with two stages still to go!

1 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Columbia - HTC
2 Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team
3 Russell Downing (GBr) CandiTV - Marshalls Pasta

2009 - Stage 7, Hatherleigh to Yeovil

Former Tour of Britain King of the Mountains winner Ben Swift led home a Katusha one-two in Yeovil, to take his first ever Tour of Britain stage win, and the first British stage success in the race since Paul Manning in Glasgow in 2007.

On a lumpy stage which looked perfect for dethroning Edvald Boasson Hagen, Geoffroy Lequatre and the Barloworld team tried their best on the early King of the Mountains, but found a lack of allies in the peloton, allowing the Columbia team a relatively smooth ride to the finish.

Several other riders, including British Champion Kristian House, tried to escape the peloton, but in the end it was Swift who broke the tape outside the home of Yeovil Town FC.

1 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha
2 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha
3 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Barloworld

2009 - Stage 8, The TfL London Stage

The Tour of Britain finished, just as it had begun in 2008, with an action packed ten laps of an iconic circuit at the heart of London, with the race coming down to a high-speed bunch sprint on Victoria Embankment.

Once again it was an Italian who won, with Michele Merlo overjoyed to take his first win as a professional on the streets of London ahead of Spaniard Koldo Fernandez and Chris Sutton.

With the top ten closely covered, a the Hot Spot Sprints were closely fought as riders tried to improve their placings, with Kai Reus losing out as he slipped down to fourth. No one though could usurp Edvald Boasson Hagen, who secured the races' final yellow jersey, alongside The Prostate Cancer Charity Points Jersey, just ahead of sprint rivals Merlo and Sutton.

1 Michele Merlo (Ita) Barloworld
2 Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
3 Chris Sutton (Aus) Garmin - Slipstream

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