Surrey made its Tour of Britain debut by hosting the final stage of the 2012 Tour, heading from Reigate to Guildford, where the finish line awaited at the top of the town's picturesque, cobbled, uphill High Street.
A challenging final day awaited The Tour of Britain, but Jonathan Tiernan Locke's Endura Racing controlled the stage well, allowing an unthreatening break to take away the bonus seconds at the Yodel Sprints, before Team Sky reeled them back in to set up a sprint finish for Mark Cavendish.
With a perfect leadout from his team, Cavendish hit the foot of the climb in front and stayed there until the end, powering clear of his rivals for his final win in the World Champions' rainbow stripes.
Tiernan Locke held on to take victory on the road ahead of Nathan Haas and Damiano Caruso, a result which would eventually be overturned, giving overall victory to Haas. Domestic British teams won three of the four classifications, with Node4 Giordana Racing's Peter Williams the Yodel Sprints winner and Kristian House the SKODA King of the Mountains Champion. UnitedHealthcare's Boy Van Poppel spoiled the party, taking the Chain Reaction Cycles Points Jersey.
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Pro Cycling
2 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
3 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas - Cannondale