Tour of Britain

3rd -10th September 2017

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2010 - Stage 1, Rochdale to Blackpool

Despite wet conditions at the start in Rochdale, an enthusiastic crowd still turned out to celebrate The Tour's first visit to the town, with the neutralised section taking in a circuit of the centre before heading out onto the Lancashire moors.

An early attack containing Jack Bauer, Wout Poels and Richie Porte snaffled up the day's Sprint and King of the Mountains points as The Tour headed over the Trough of Bowland, but it all came back together for a spectacular bunch sprint along Blackpool's Promenade.

Heading to the line it was Andre Greipel who took his first Tour of Britain stage win, pulling on the Yellow Jersey after heading home Manuel Belletti and Greg Henderson in a full on sprint.

1 Andre Greipel (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia
2 Manuel Belletti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox
3 Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Pro Cycling

2010 - Stage 2, The Stoke-on-Trent Stage

The Tour helped to celebrate the centenary of Stoke-on-Trent in 2010, by visiting all six towns during the course of the day with a special 100-mile route that retained the spectacular and popular uphill finish in the city centre. Beginning in Burslem, the 'Mother town' of the Potteries riders headed out into the Staffordshire Moorlands for a leg which would shape the General Classification and would rule many riders out of winning The Tour.

A large and powerful break containing home favourites Bradley Wiggins and Geraint Thomas escaped and built a large over the peloton as they climbed Hollinsclough Moor and Gun Hill. Entering Stoke-on-Trent though Wiggins and Thomas sacrificed themselves for teammate Greg Henderson, setting the Kiwi up for the stage win in Hanley, allowing him to take the Yellow Jersey, just ahead of Michael Albasini.

1 Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Pro Cycling
2 Michael Albasini (Swi) Team HTC - Columbia
3 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Cervelo Test Team

2010 - Stage 3, Newtown to Swansea

The Tour's return to Wales for the first time since 2004 saw a dramatic and rain soaked stage once again shake up the overall standings, with the Yellow Jersey changing hands yet again.

Departing from Newtown in Powys, the race headed south through Mid-Wales and onto Black Mountain where the pace of HTC - Columbia split the race apart and dropped the Yellow Jersey Greg Henderson. Helped by teammate Tony Martin, Michael Albasini attacked on the fast descent to arrive in Swansea as part of a small leading group.

No one could stay with the Swiss rider on the 1-in-3 cobbled climb of Constitution Hill, allowing him to win alone just ahead of Ian Bibby, and move into the leader's jersey.

1 Michael Albasini (Swi) Team HTC - Columbia
2 Ian Bibby (GBr) Motorpoint - Marshalls Pasta
3 Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator

2010 - Stage 4, Minehead to Teignmouth

Another tough stage saw the peloton returning to the South West, beginning at Minehead in Somerset and ending on the south Devon coast in Teignmouth. Star of the day was Dan Martin, who continually attacked as he sought for the stage win, but ultimately a small selection of all of The Tour's big hitters put paid to his chances as they approached Teignmouth.

Escaping on the roads into the Devon town was Wout Poels, who built enough of an advantage to cross the line alone, arms aloft, as behind him teammate Borut Bozic made it a one-two for the Vacansoleil team at the end of a spectacular stage that will live long in the memory for the hundreds of thousands of spectators who witnessed it.

1 Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
2 Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
3 Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano

2010 - Stage 5, Tavistock to Glastonbury

Stage Five was The Tour's second day in the South West, heading from Tavistock in Devon to Glastonbury in Somerset, taking in the beautiful scenery of Dartmoor along the way.

A break of riders low down on the General Classification were allowed to escape, containing Bradley Wiggins, who would go on to finish second in the stage, and Dan Martin, who was once again in attacking mood.

Crossing the Somerset Levels Marco Frapporti escaped and caught and passed Martin who was leading by himself, allowing the Italian to win alone in Glastonbury, just ahead of Wiggins, who couldn't quite catch the Colnago rider.

1 Marco Frapporti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox
2 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Pro Cycling
3 Lucas Sebastien Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank

2010 - Stage 6, King's Lynn to Great Yarmouth

The races' first visit to Norfolk was rewarded by 'Tour de France style crowds' as The Tour of Britain's longest stage headed from King's Lynn to Great Yarmouth, via Norwich.

Fans at the roadside were entertained by a day long break by Jaroslav Marycz and Cameron Meyer, with the Australian clinging on until the final few kilometres through Great Yarmouth, where he was caught and passed by the peloton.

This set up another exciting sprint finish, with Andre Greipel once again coming out on top at a British seaside resort, heading Borut Bozic and Lucas Sebastien Haedo.

1 Andre Greipel (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia
2 Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
3 Lucas Sebastien Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank

2010 - Stage 7, Bury St Edmunds to Colchester

The penultimate stage of the 2010 Tour of Britain saw the country's biggest professional cycle race visit two more counties new to The Tour, in the shape of Suffolk and Essex. Setting off from the beautiful surrounds of Angel Hill in Bury St Edmunds in front of large crowds, the route of Stage Seven showcased the best of the Suffolk and Essex countryside, passing through Long Melford and Sudbury, before climbing into Essex via Ballingdon Hill.

Once again large crowds turned out to welcome the race, with Sigma Sport - Specialized's Tom Murray and Belgian rider Pieter Jacobs out in a break for much of the leg.

Into Colchester though it was all back together, but the drag up East Hill into the town centre meant it wasn't going to be conventional bunch gallop, with Borut Bozic leading home Greg Henderson as small time gaps peppered the field.

1 Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
2 Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Pro Cycling
3 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank

2012 - Stage 8, The TfL London Stage

The final stage of The Tour of Britain took place in Newham, London's host borough for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012, with the circuit encompassing the historic Royal Docks and London ExCeL Centre.

Under sunny skies and big crowds, the Transport for London Stage was a fast affair with the British teams all keen to show their jerseys at the front of the race during the prestigious stage. With the battle for the final two podium spots behind Michael Albasini still up for grabs, the day's three intermediate Sprints were hotly contested. The time bonuses allowed Greg Henderson to overhaul Richie Porte and move into third, completing a successful Tour for the Kiwi as he also took home a stage win and The Prostate Cancer Charity Points Jersey as well.

No one could usurp Yellow Jersey Albasini though as he won The Tour of Britain by over a minute, despite being struck down with illness during the middle of the race. Behind the Swiss Stage Seven winner Borut Bozic took second while Henderson rounded out the top three.

The TfL Stage was a double success for HTC - Columbia, as Andre Greipel took his third stage win of The Tour to finish his time with the team on a high.

1 Andre Greipel (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia
2 Lucas Sebastien Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank
3 Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervelo Test Team

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