Andre Greipel beats Caleb Ewan and Fernando Gaviria at OVO Tour of Britain
Sep 02 2018 10:46 pm CET

Andre Greipel beats Caleb Ewan and Fernando Gaviria at OVO Tour of Britain
Andre Greipel beats Caleb Ewan and Fernando Gaviria at OVO Tour of Britain
Photo of Andre Greipel by Lotto Soudal

Lotto Soudal's Andre Greipel was the strongest sprinter at the first stage of the OVO Tour of Britain. The German outsprinted Caleb Ewan and Fernando Gaviria.

The first stage of the British race was 174.8 kilometres long from the Pembrey Country Park and the City of Newport in Wales. The route of the day included two climbs of the third category, one of the second and a flat finish that made it perfect for the fast men.

The public along the route was particularly happy with the presence of the winner of the 2018 Tour de France, Geraint Thomas (Sky). The breakaway of the day included riders line Nic Dlamini (Dimension Data), Rory Towsend (Canyon Eisberg) and Mark Downey (Wiggins) and it got an advantage of around two minutes over the pack.

Behind them, teams like Quick Step Floors, EF Education First, Mitchelton-Scott and Sky took turns in front of the peloton to force a final sprint. Despite the efforts of Towsend to maintain the lead, he was the last escapee to be caught with ten kilometres to go.

With eight kilometres to go, Thomas attacked and was followed by Quick-Step Floors' Julian Alaphilippe. Moments later, Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors), Jonathan Hivert (Direct Energie) and Mads Wirtz Schmidt (Katusha-Alpecin) joined the duo in the front. At five kilometres from the end, Jungels tried a solo move and went away on his own, being chased by Thomas and Alaphilippe.

The chasers were swallowed by the peloton with two kilometres to go and Jungels was caught in the last kilometre, sentencing the stage to a fast finish. Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) showed to be the strongest sprinter of the day and crossed the finish line ahead of Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) and Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors).

The German rider also takes the lead of the General Classification.




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