Tour of Britain

Tour of Britain : Mark Cavendish wins Stage 1

Photo: courtesy
Willem Dingemanse

Photo: courtesy
Willem Dingemanse

Mark Cavendish made a winning return to the Tour of Britain when he won the 170.3-kilometre first stage from Peebles to Dumfries on Sunday

Tour of Britain 2011: Mark Cavendish wins opening stage
Mark Cavendish made a winning return to the Tour of Britain when he won the 170.3-kilometre first stage from Peebles to Dumfries on Sunday.

Break for the Borders: Mark Cavendish (right) won the opening stage of the Tour of Britain Photo: PABy John MacLeary
5:54PM BST 11 Sep 2011
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Cavendish, who last competed in Britain's national stage race in 2007 when he won the points classification jersey, completed the race in four hours, 41 minutes and six seconds ahead of Australian team-mate Mark Renshaw and Dutch sprinter Theo Bos in third.

“It’s incredible to win the first stage and get the leader's jersey," said HTC-Highroad's Cavendish afterwards.

“If the weather had been better we would have been a bit quicker but I think it would still have been the same result.

“Hopefully it will be a sprint again tomorrow. I am going to try and defend the jersey and try and get another stage win.

The stage had been led for the much of the day by Russell Hampton of British team Sigma Sport-Specialized and Pieter Ghyllebert of An Post-Sean Kelly, who worked together in an early breakaway to open up a six-minute lead over the peloton.


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