Tour of Britain: Andre Greipel takes first stage
Sep 04 2016 10:55 pm CET

Tour of Britain: Andre Greipel takes first stage
Tour of Britain: Andre Greipel takes first stage

German André Greipel of Lotto-Soudal has won the first stage of the Tour of Britain ahead of Caleb Ewan of Orica-BikeExchange and Ramon Sinkeldam of Giant-Alpecin. Maximiliano Ariel Richeze and Giacomo Nizzolo complete the stage's top 5.

The first day of the British race took the riders from Glasgow to the town centre of Castle Douglas, in Scotland, a 161km route through the landscapes of the Galloway Forest Park.

The stage started with a little bit of rain as the riders moved to the outskirts of the Scottish capital and very soon a breakaway formed and created a gap.

The group consisted of Thomas Moses (JLT Condor), Jasper Bovenhuis and Emiel Wastyn (An Post-Chain Reaction), Peter Williams (ONE Pro Cycling) and Jonathan McEvoy (NFTO). The gap with the peloton reached four minutes.

With around 30 kilometers to go Wastyn attacked and enjoyed being in front for a small while until he was caught by the chasers.

With 10 kilometers to go, with several attempts by Wastyn to stay in front, the main group caught the escapees and sentenced the stage to a final bunch sprint.

During the last kilometer of the stage a crash occurred involving the trains of Team Sky, Movistar, Lotto NL-Jumbo and Dimension Data. Mark Cavendish, one of the favorites to take the victory, was caught and arrived well behind the winner.

Of those not involved in the crash, Greipel was one of the first riders to initiate the sprint. The German never slowed down and took the victory ahead of Ewan and as such took the lead in the overall classification.

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