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

After a team presentation at Parc Eirias in Colwyn Bay the evening before, riders departed from Beaumaris on Anglesey for Stage One, which passed through all six North Wales regions before a first ever stage finish in Wrexham town centre.

A small group, including Kristian House spent much of the day at the head of proceedings, with House only being caught with around a kilometre to go, setting up the bunch sprint.

It was a tight finish, with Viviani, Cavendish and Greipel spread across the road, and the Italian pipping the Brit by the narrowest of margins to win the opening stage of the Tour of Britain and lead the race for the second time.

  1. Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky
  2. Mark Cavendish (GBr) Etixx Quick-Step
  3. Andre Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal

A short stage through the Lancashire hills from Clitheroe in the Ribble Valley to Colne in Pendle saw the race lead change hands with Etixx Quick-Step's Petr Vakoc winning alone to pull on the Aviva Yellow Jersey.

In an ever changing race, the constant climbs from the off leant to attacking riding with a group of around 40 riders eventually staying away. From them Vakoc attacked in the final 20-kilometres to hold off the remains of the peloton into Colne, with the former World University Champion having enough in reserve to hold off the chasers on the long, gradual incline to the finish.

Local rider Peter Williams was in the break for the second day, earning himself the YodelDirect Sprints jersey that he had worn in two previous editions of the race.

  1. Petr Vakoc (Cze) Etixx Quick-Step
  2. Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Movistar Team
  3. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN Qhubeka

Cockermouth in Cumbria made its debut on the Aviva Tour of Britain route hosting the start of Stage Three as the race headed north to Scotland. Passing through previous host venues Carlisle and Gretna, the finish came at Floors Castle, just outside Kelso - the first stage finish to be held in the Scottish Borders.

In the final kilometres a touch of wheels brought Vakoc crashing to the ground and although he eventually finished the stage his injuries meant that he wouldn't start Stage Four.

Victory outside Floors Castle went to Elia Viviani - adding to his victory outside Drumlanrig Castle two year's previously - with Juan Jose Lobato becoming the first Spaniard to wear the Aviva Yellow Jersey since 2007.

  1. Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky
  2. Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Movistar Team
  3. Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx Quick-Step

For the first time the modern Aviva Tour of Britain spent two days in Scotland and made a first visit to Edinburgh for the start of Stage Four, including a memorable section along the Scottish capital's Royal Mile.

Heading through East Lothian and back into the Scottish Borders the race passed into Northumberland where packed crowds lined the route for the first visit to the North East by the Aviva Tour of Britain since 2009.

At the finish in Blyth there was a sprint victory for Etixx Quick-Step but it was the team's Colombian Fernando Gaviria who took the victory, with Mark Cavendish crossing the line arms aloft a few places behind.

  1. Fernando Gaviria (Col) Etixx Quick-Step
  2. Andre Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal
  3. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN Qhubeka

Stage Five saw the race head across the roof of England from Prudhoe in Northumberland to the race's highest ever summit finish atop Hartside above Penrith in Cumbria.

Following first the River Tyne and then the path of Hadrian's Wall with a small break of riders from the British domestic teams leading the way as the big names kept their powder dry for a showdown on Hartside.

With the race altogether passing through Melmerby at the foot of the climb it was soon all action with a succession of attacks splintering the field. Eventually it was a trio of riders making the running with Wout Poels, Edvald Boasson Hagen and Steven Kruiswijk at the front. The 2009 winner went clear but Poels reeled him in, passing Boasson Hagen in the final 200-metres to take his second stage win on British roads, with the MTN Qhubeka rider taking the race lead.

  1. Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky
  2. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN Qhubeka
  3. Benat Intxausti (Spa) Movistar Team

A dramatic day's racing saw the majority of the field finishing outside the time cut and needing the leniency of the commissaires to allow them to continue. From the off in Stoke-on-Trent sustained attacking and aggressive riding split the field with a group of around 40, primarily WorldTour, riders going clear after the climb of Gun Hill in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

From then it was a race of two halves with a 45-minute gap between the front and back pelotons and all the racing at the front of the field.

Coming into Nottingham it was Matteo Trentin that forged clear, being joined by Edvald Boasson Hagen with the two contesting victory between themselves, with Trentin taking his team's third victory of the week and Boasson Hagen extending his lead.

  1. Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx Quick-Step
  2. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN Qhubeka
  3. Owain Doull (GBr) Team WIGGINS

The longest stage of the race took the peloton south through Norfolk and Suffolk from the start at Fakenham racecourse to the finish in the centre of Ipswich.

A three rider break, including Alex Dowsett, was clear for the majority of the 227-kilometres, including a spectacular section of route through the British Army's Wattisham Airfield and along their 2.4-killometre runway.

With the field all back together before the finish Peter Williams was able to wrap up the SKODA King of the Mountains jersey at the final climb at Brantham, before the bunch sprint saw Andre Greipel edging Elia Viviani by a tyre width in Ipswich.

  1. Andre Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal
  2. Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky
  3. Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling

Fourteen laps of racing awaited the riders of the Aviva Tour of Britain in London with a course starting and finishing from Regent Street St James at the heart of the capital.

The main action saw Sir Bradley Wiggins and his Team WIGGINS riders helping teammate Owain Doull earn the YodelDirect Sprint time bonus that moved him up to the podium and third overall.

Coming to the final sprint and although it was Andre Greipel crossing the line first, the German was adjudged to have blocked Elia Viviani on the final run to the lining, earning himself demotion and granting Viviani a hattrick of wins in the 2015 Aviva Tour of Britain.

  1. Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky
  2. Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Movistar Team
  3. Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx Quick-Step

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