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Tour of Britain 2016 - Final
 
By Mark Sharon
Date: 9/11/2016
Tour of Britain 2016 - Final
 
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February 26, 2016

Steve Cummings wins Tour of Britain

Steve Cummings clinched overall victory in the Tour of Britain this Sunday, finishing safely within the bunch to seal the Yellow Jersey at the end of the eighth and final stage in London with Caleb Ewan sprinting to the stage win.

The Brit, who took the jersey after Stage Six in Devon, crossed the line on Regent Street St James in 17th position as the bunch fought out the victory at the end of the 16-lap circuit race.

"I'm delighted. Finally I can smile and enjoy it. It's been a tough week. It was so close that it wasn't done until I crossed the line," said Cummings afterwards

"I'd to thank all my team-mates for keeping me out of trouble, and the British public for supporting every day like they have. It's been a great week."

"It's a bit overwhelming, I just want to but a baseball cap on and a hood up and disappear now for a while and get back out of the way.”


Cummings is only the second British rider to win the modern version of the Tour of Britain, following Sir Bradley Wiggins' victory in 2013.  Along with the overall, Cummings also took home the Adnams Best British Rider prize.

Behind Cummings there was no change on the overall classification, with BMC Racing Team's Rohan Dennis second at 26-seconds and Team Giant Alpecin's Tom Dumoulin third a further 12-seconds in arrears.

Lotto Soudal's Tony Gallopin took fourth with 2014 Tour of Britain winner Dylan Van Baarle in fifth.  Team Sky's Ben Swift was the other Brit in the top 10, finishing eighth.

Orica BikeExchange's 22-year-old sprinter Caleb Ewan took his first win on British roads, becoming the ninth different stage winner of the week in a highly competitive Tour of Britain.  Lotto Soudal's Jen Debusschere had taken a flyer coming through Trafalgar Square in the final kilometre and at one stage looked like holding his advantage to the line, but such was the speed of Ewan that the young Australian rocketed past, with Dylan Groenewegen also coming past for second.

Groenewegen's runner up spot, his fourth top ten of the week, helped him into the Chain Reaction Cycles Points Jersey.

In the Yodel Sprints classification An Post Chain Reaction's Jasper Bovenhuis took the jersey, joining the day's breakaway once again to mop up the jersey after the first of three intermediate Yodel Sprints.  Bovenhuis' final advantage was 12-points over Andre Greipel, but the German did win the overall HIGH5 Combativity Award in a week that saw him win a stage and on several occasions light up the Tour of Britain with his attacking riding.

With no SKODA King of the Mountains points on offer in London Xandro Meurisse enjoyed a final day in the jersey, adding that classification win to his seventh place overall.

Stage List

Stage

Date

Route

Distance

One

Sunday 4 September

Glasgow to Castle Douglas

168km

Two

Monday 5 September

Carlisle to  Kendal

195km

Three

Tuesday 6 September

Congleton to Tatton Park, Knutsford

182km

Four

Wednesday 7 September

Denbigh to Builth Wells

217km

Five

Thursday 8 September

Aberdare to Bath

205km

Six

Friday 9 September

Sidmouth to Haytor, Dartmoor

150km

Seven a

Saturday 10 September

Bristol Stage Individual Time Trial

15km

Seven b

Saturday 10 September

Bristol Stage Circuit Race

76.5km

Eight

Sunday 11 September

London Stage presented by TfL

100km

 




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