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TOB 2017 - Stage 1
 
By Mark Sharon
Date: 9/3/2017
TOB 2017 - Stage 1
 
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April 28, 2017

Stage 1: Edinburgh to Kelso, 190km

Caleb Ewan (Orica Scott) takes opening stage in cobbled sprint

Ewan outsprinted Edvald Boasson Hagen, Elia Viviani and Alexander Kristoff in a blanket finish in Kelso square in a near photo finish.

Caleb EWAN, Edvald Boasson Hagen and Elia Viviani OVO/Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com

"When I crossed the line I was pretty confident that I got it”, said Ewan speaking afterwards.  "I know it was pretty close, but I thought I had got it. Then I saw all the cameras go around Eddy and I thought hang on a minute. When it is that close you just don't know, and I saw Viviani as well round the outside. I was definitely happy to learn that I had won.
 
"It was a pretty tricky finish, because of that tight corner, and obviously the cobblestones at the finish. We definitely wanted to be in front when the cobbles started. Luka had to get me out in front with about 200m to go. Because of the six men teams, you can't go too early, because you will just run out of guys.
 
"The boys did very well, I can't complain about the lead out. I just had to sit there and get taken through the tricky parts.”

Caleb EWAN OVO/Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com

The stage win and time bonus gives Ewan a three-second lead over Boasson Hagen who picked up one-second at the day's final intermediate Eisberg Sprint in Melrose with ONE Pro Cycling's Karol Domagalski a further second behind.
 
The Pole had been part of an eight-rider break surviving a brush with the Madison Genesis team car before striking out with compatriot Lukasz Oswain as the break were reeled in.  The pair were caught at the foot of the final SKODA King of the Mountains climb of the Eildon Hills, but Domagalski had done enough to claim the Eisberg Sprints Jersey, with Oswain taking the SKODA King of the Mountains jersey after Stage One.


Stage 1 Results

Stage List

Stage 1

Sunday 3 September

Edinburgh to Kelso

188km

Stage 2

Monday 4 September

Kielder Water & Forest Park to Blyth

211km

Stage 3

Tuesday 5 September

Normanby Hall Country Park to Scunthorpe

172km

Stage 4

Wednesday 6 September

Mansfield to Newark-on-Trent

175km

Stage 5

Thursday 7 September

The Tendring Stage Individual Time Trial

16km

Stage 6

Friday 8 September

Newmarket to Aldeburgh

183km

Stage 7

Saturday 9 September

Hemel Hempstead to Cheltenham

186km

Stage 8

Sunday 10 September

Worcester to Cardiff

180km

More to follow




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