Tour Of Britain - Stage 8a Report

Tour Of Britain - Stage 8a Report

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STAGE REPORT

On a cool but dry morning, Sky's Alex Dowsett (pictured above) won the time trial stage of the 2011 Tour of Britain with a stunning ride around Whitehall. His time of 10m 14.73s put him a comfortable 5 seconds clear of runner up, Lars Boom of Rabobank, the race leader and now almost certainly race winner.

Dowsett's team-mate Steve Cummings also put in a great ride to claim fourth and moved into second place on the GC. Also moving up, one of the riders of the race, Jonathan Tiernan-Locke, who rode to sixth place overall. Meanwhile, Dan Lloyd one of the big losers, moved down from third to tenth.

Meanwhile, Geraint Thomas moved into the blue points jersey after his strong ride, offering the Sky team a chance to claim a major prize after the final stage.

POST-STAGE RIDER FEEDBACK ON TWITTER

Immediately after the stage, the other British riders were quick to congratulate Alex Dowsett on his win, though they were less convinced by his apparel!

Ben Swift: "Ohh yeahh @alexdowsett rockin his new White skinsuit to the win in the TT."

Geraint Thomas: "Congrats to Mr. Dowsett @alexdowsett for his TT win, but still not digging the all white skinsuit mate!! Sort it out"

Mark Cavendish: "Uuurghhh. It's not often I do those TimeTrial efforts anymore! Think I've taken a layer off the inside of my lungs! Nice win by @alexdowsett"

For Dowsett himself, it was another impressive win in the capital, following his Smithfield Nocturne victory earlier in the season: "Yeeee blumin love time trialling and london!"

Stage Results

1 Alex Dowsett Sky ProCycling 10' 14''
2 Lars Boom Rabobank at 0' 5''
3 Lieuwe Westra Vacansoleil - DCM st
4 Stephen Cummings Sky ProCycling at 0' 9''
5 Geraint Thomas Sky ProCycling at 0' 16''
6 Alex Wetterall Endura Racing at 0' 19''
7 Michael Rogers Sky ProCycling st
8 Thor Hushovd Team Garmin - Cervelo at 0' 23''
9 Damien Gaudin Team Europcar at 0' 25''
10 Joost Posthuma Leopard Trek at 0' 26''
11 Rik Flens Rabobank at 0' 27''
12 Iker Camano Endura Racing st
13 Mark Cavendish HTC Highroad at 0' 28''
14 Jan Barta Team NetApp at 0' 29''
15 Lars Bak HTC Highroad at 0' 30''
16 Linus Gerdemann Leopard Trek at 0' 31''
17 Jack Bauer Endura Racing at 0' 32''
18 Jonathan Tiernan Locke Rapha Condor - Sharp at 0' 36''
19 Leopold Koenig Team NetApp at 0' 38''
20 Will Clarke Leopard Trek at 0' 43''
21 Mathew Hayman Sky ProCycling at 0' 44''
22 Jelle Wallays** Topsport Vlaanderen at 0' 45''
23 Gediminas Bagdonas An Post - Sean Kelly at 0' 46''
24 Russell Hampton Sigma Sport-Specialized at 0' 47''
25 Marcin Bialoblocki Motorpoint st
26 Matt Brammeier HTC Highroad at 0' 49''
27 Michael Matthews** Rabobank st
28 Mark McNally** An Post - Sean Kelly at 0' 50''
29 Jonathan McEvoy** Motorpoint st
30 Rene Mandri Endura Racing at 0' 51''
31 Dominic Klemme Leopard Trek st
32 Andrew Fenn** An Post - Sean Kelly at 0' 52''
33 Stijn Neirynck Topsport Vlaanderen at 0' 58''
34 Kristian House Rapha Condor - Sharp st
35 Coen Vermeltfoort Rabobank at 0' 59''
36 Bartosz Huzarski Team NetApp at 1' 0''
37 Zak Dempster Rapha Condor - Sharp st
38 Alexandre Pichot Team Europcar st
39 Daniel Lloyd Team Garmin - Cervelo at 1' 1''
40 Gabriel Rasch Team Garmin - Cervelo st
41 Kenny De Ketele Topsport Vlaanderen st
42 Wouter Sybrandy Sigma Sport-Specialized st
43 Simon Richardson Sigma Sport-Specialized at 1' 2''
44 Dan Craven Rapha Condor - Sharp at 1' 3''
45 Franck Bouyer Team Europcar at 1' 6''
46 Rory Sutherland UnitedHealthcare st
47 Boy Van Poppel UnitedHealthcare st
48 Mark Renshaw HTC Highroad at 1' 8''
49 Ben Swift Sky ProCycling at 1' 10''
50 Jamie Sparling Team Raleigh at 1' 11''
51 Andy Tennant Rapha Condor - Sharp st
52 Julian Dean Team Garmin - Cervelo at 1' 12''
53 Anthony Charteau Team Europcar at 1' 14''
54 Jan-Bert Lindeman** Vacansoleil - DCM st
55 Roger Hammond Team Garmin - Cervelo at 1' 15''
56 Robert F�rster UnitedHealthcare st
57 Pieter Ghyllebert An Post - Sean Kelly st
58 Karl Menzies UnitedHealthcare at 1' 16''
59 Peter Williams Motorpoint at 1' 17''
60 Bram Tankink Rabobank at 1' 19''
61 Andreas Dietziker Team NetApp at 1' 20''
62 Ronan McLaughlin An Post - Sean Kelly at 1' 21''
63 Yohann Gene Team Europcar at 1' 22''
64 Cesare Benedetti Team NetApp at 1' 23''
65 Steve Lampier Sigma Sport-Specialized at 1' 24''
66 Jonathan Clarke UnitedHealthcare st
67 Chris Jones UnitedHealthcare at 1' 26''
68 Mathieu Claude Team Europcar at 1' 27''
69 Richard Handley** Team Raleigh at 1' 28''
70 Mark Cassidy An Post - Sean Kelly at 1' 30''
71 Giacomo Nizzolo** Leopard Trek st
72 Liam Holohan Team Raleigh at 1' 31''
73 Preben Van Hecke Topsport Vlaanderen at 1' 33''
74 Bernhard Eisel HTC Highroad st
75 Tom Last Sigma Sport-Specialized at 1' 36''
76 Tobyn Horton Motorpoint at 1' 43''
77 Gael Le Bellec Team Raleigh at 1' 44''
78 Stijn Joseph Topsport Vlaanderen st
79 James Sampson Motorpoint at 1' 45''

80 Tom Murray Sigma Sport-Specialized at 1' 47''

General Classification

1 Lars Boom Rabobank 58' 17''
2 Stephen Cummings Sky ProCycling at 0' 36''
3 Jan Barta Team NetApp at 0' 56''
4 Linus Gerdemann Leopard Trek at 0' 57''
5 Leopold Koenig Team NetApp at 1' 1''
6 Jonathan Tiernan Locke Rapha Condor - Sharp at 1' 3''
7 Jelle Wallays** Topsport Vlaanderen at 1' 12''
8 Iker Camano Endura Racing st
9 Joost Posthuma Leopard Trek at 1' 13''
10 Daniel Lloyd Team Garmin - Cervelo at 1' 25''
11 Michael Rogers Sky ProCycling at 1' 30''
12 Geraint Thomas Sky ProCycling at 2' 0''
13 Mark Cavendish HTC Highroad at 2' 34''
14 Boy Van Poppel UnitedHealthcare at 2' 52''
15 Andrew Fenn** An Post - Sean Kelly at 2' 58''
16 Dominic Klemme Leopard Trek at 3' 2''
17 Jan-Bert Lindeman** Vacansoleil - DCM at 3' 3''
18 Dan Craven Rapha Condor - Sharp at 3' 23''
19 Bram Tankink Rabobank at 3' 28''
20 Rory Sutherland UnitedHealthcare at 3' 37''
21 Michael Matthews** Rabobank at 4' 19''
22 Lars Bak HTC Highroad at 4' 56''
23 Russell Hampton Sigma Sport-Specialized at 5' 10''
24 Stijn Neirynck Topsport Vlaanderen at 5' 19''
25 Mathew Hayman Sky ProCycling at 6' 41''
26 Alex Dowsett Sky ProCycling at 6' 45''
27 Anthony Charteau Team Europcar at 8' 21''
28 Jack Bauer Endura Racing at 8' 58''
29 Bartosz Huzarski Team NetApp at 9' 22''
30 Alexandre Pichot Team Europcar at 9' 26''
31 Julian Dean Team Garmin - Cervelo at 9' 30''
32 Gabriel Rasch Team Garmin - Cervelo at 9' 33''
33 Simon Richardson Sigma Sport-Specialized at 9' 34''
34 Thor Hushovd Team Garmin - Cervelo at 9' 49''
35 Gediminas Bagdonas An Post - Sean Kelly at 9' 57''
36 Lieuwe Westra Vacansoleil - DCM at 10' 37''
37 Jonathan McEvoy** Motorpoint at 10' 46''
38 Kristian House Rapha Condor - Sharp at 10' 48''
39 Zak Dempster Rapha Condor - Sharp at 11' 7''
40 Rene Mandri Endura Racing st
41 Marcin Bialoblocki Motorpoint at 11' 19''
42 Liam Holohan Team Raleigh at 11' 27''
43 Roger Hammond Team Garmin - Cervelo at 12' 8''
44 Gael Le Bellec Team Raleigh at 12' 13''
45 Chris Jones UnitedHealthcare at 12' 29''
46 Bernhard Eisel HTC Highroad at 12' 47''
47 Giacomo Nizzolo** Leopard Trek at 13' 25''
48 Franck Bouyer Team Europcar at 13' 55''
49 Robert Förster UnitedHealthcare at 13' 59''
50 Andy Tennant Rapha Condor - Sharp at 14' 11''
51 Wouter Sybrandy Sigma Sport-Specialized at 14' 20''
52 Richard Handley** Team Raleigh at 14' 46''
53 Karl Menzies UnitedHealthcare at 14' 47''
54 Cesare Benedetti Team NetApp at 15' 22''
55 Alex Wetterall Endura Racing at 15' 36''
56 Preben Van Hecke Topsport Vlaanderen at 15' 44''
57 Ben Swift Sky ProCycling st
58 Ronan McLaughlin An Post - Sean Kelly at 15' 59''
59 Pieter Ghyllebert An Post - Sean Kelly at 16' 2''
60 Mathieu Claude Team Europcar at 16' 14''
61 Mark Renshaw HTC Highroad at 16' 27''
62 Kenny De Ketele Topsport Vlaanderen at 16' 28''
63 Will Clarke Leopard Trek at 16' 31''
64 Steve Lampier Sigma Sport-Specialized at 16' 33''
65 Andreas Dietziker Team NetApp at 16' 40''
66 Yohann Gene Team Europcar at 17' 17''
67 Tom Last Sigma Sport-Specialized at 17' 29''
68 Peter Williams Motorpoint at 17' 30''
69 James Sampson Motorpoint at 17' 38''
70 Matt Brammeier HTC Highroad at 18' 3''
71 Jamie Sparling Team Raleigh at 18' 17''
72 Mark McNally** An Post - Sean Kelly at 18' 19''
73 Tobyn Horton Motorpoint at 20' 58''
74 Tom Murray Sigma Sport-Specialized at 21' 12''
75 Damien Gaudin Team Europcar at 21' 19''
76 Stijn Joseph Topsport Vlaanderen at 25' 26''
77 Mark Cassidy An Post - Sean Kelly at 29' 47''
78 Rik Flens Rabobank at 33' 18''
79 Coen Vermeltfoort Rabobank at 33' 25''
80 Jonathan Clarke UnitedHealthcare at 36' 37''