Reports: Tour of Britain 2009

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STAGE 1 (Saturday 12 Sept) Scunthorpe to York 172.6kms/107.3miles - Aussie Chris Sutton won the first stage of the 2009 Tour of Britain following a great lead-out by Garmin team-mate Bradley Wiggins. A long break by two riders was brought back close to the finish and the stage came down to a sprint in front of a huge crowd in York.  Stage Report & Results

ALSO: A day in the sun for Larry Hickmott shooting the race action: Larry's Round Britain Blog Stage 1

STAGE 2 (Sunday 13 Sept) Darlington to Newcastle Gateshead 153.3kms/95.3miles - Rabobank's Kai Reus won the gruelling second stage of the 2009 Tour of Britain, crossing the line alone after a long stint away from the peloton with Thomas De Gendt and AG2R's Tanel Kangert. The stage saw attacks more or less from the off, before the key move stuck on the KOM climb at Langley. From then on in it was a will-they-won't-they cliffhanger. Stage Report & Results

ALSO:Not a lot of sun but a great stage: Larry's round Britain Blog -- Stage 2

STAGE 3 (Monday 14 Sept) Peebles to Gretna Green 153.8kms/95.6miles
A long, hard pull through the Southern Uplands of Scotland was on the menu for stage three and a break of four riders pretty much dominated, with Thomas De Gendtonce again prominent. However, they were brought back and it all came down to a bunch sprint in Gretna. Stage Report & Results

ALSO: Another good day on the motorbike as Larry explains in his blog of capturing the day's events. Stage 3 Blog

STAGE 4 (Tuesday 15 Sept) Blackpool to Blackpool 151.3kms/94.1 miles 
Another tough stage through the Lancashire flatlands and the hilly Trough of Bowland, before a loop back into Blackpool saw a couple of dangerous breaks make progress before being pulled back. In the end it all came down to a bunch sprint. We have a full report and results: Stage Report & Results

STAGE 5 (Wednesday 16 Sept) Stoke-on-Trent to Stoke-on-Trent 134.0kms/83.3miles
More great racing on day five of the Tour saw a determined break, including local lad Dan Fleeman, almost make it to the finish. However, the big teams have been timing their chases with precision and stage five came down to another sprint. Stage Report & Results

STAGE 6 (Thursday 17 Sept) Frome to Bideford 183.7kms/114.2miles 
More breakaway fun on the sixth stage saw some of the best young British riders in the race put in a spirited attept to make a mark on a race increasingly dominated by Edvald Boasson Hagen of Columbia HTC. However, the men in white and yellow once again chased hard - could Boasson Hagen make it four in a row? Stage Report & Results

STAGE 7 (Friday 18 Sept) Hatherleigh to Yeovil  159.7kms / 99.3miles

Ben Swift gave us our 1st British ToB winner of 2009, taking the sprint into Yeovil and confounding every journo who had their ‘Boasson Hagen makes it five' headline already written. In a mercilessly undulating stage which saw breaks being chased down all day, it all came together just before the end, leading everyone to believe that Edvard was going to walk away with a fifth stage victory, but Swifty had other ideas... Stage Report & Results

STAGE 8 (Saturday 19 September) TfL London Stage 92.6kms/57.5miles
After eight long days of spectacular racing, the 2009 Tour of Britain concluded infront of vast crows in London, with the riders tackling 10 laps of a monument-studded 9km route around the capital. We have a report and all the essential results. Stage Report & Results


Garmin Slipstream Ride Out In Southampton

Ever wished you could roll with the pros? Luke Webber rode out with Bradley Wiggins and the Garmin Slipstream team on the Friday before the Tour alongside seventy other lucky competition winners as the team visited Garmin HQ in Southampton for a spin around the New Forest. Full Story

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