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