Tom Scully of British team Madison-Genesis wears the yellow jersey in the 2015 Tour de Normandie. Photos by Andy Jones

Tom Scully of British-based team Madison-Genesis has taken the overall lead in the Tour de Normandie in France after stage one on Tuesday.

New Zealander Scully finished 44th on the opening road stage in the lead group, which was crucially 13 seconds ahead of a second group containing prologue winner and overnight race leader Tom Bohli (BMC). Thanks to Scully’s second position in the prologue on Monday, he inherited the yellow leader’s jersey from Swiss rider Bohli.

French rider Lucas Destang (Vendée U) won the stage’s sprint finish, with Team Wiggins’s Owain Doull finishing a creditable seventh. Doull now moves up to 12th spot overall in the race that is serving as Team Wiggins’s competitive debut.

In addition to British teams Madison-Genesis and Team Wiggins, JLT-Condor are also racing, as is Irish outfit An Post-Chain Reaction with new recruit Josh Edmondson.

The riders now face a hilly route on stage two, from Duclair to Elbeuf-sur-Seine which could see the race lead change hands again. The seven-day, UCI 2.2-ranked race concludes on Sunday, March 29.

Results
Tour de Normandie 2015, stage one: Colombelles to Forges-les-Eaux, 207km
1. Lucas Destang (Fra) Vendée U
2. Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Rad-Net Rose
3. Joeri Calleeuw (Bel) Verandas Willems
4. Jordan Levasseur (Fra) Armée de Terre
5. Alexis Carlin (Fra) all same time

7. Owain Doull (GBr) Team Wiggins

Overall classification after stage one
1. Tom Scully (NZl) Madison-Genesis
2. Olivier Pardini (Bel) Verandas Willems at same time
3. Lucas Destang (Fra) Vendée U at same time
4. Jan Dieteren (Ger) Leopard Development at 1 sec
5. Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) at 2 secs

JLT-Condor team at the start, Tour de Normandie 2015, stage one

JLT-Condor team at the start, Tour de Normandie 2015, stage one

Start, Tour de Normandie 2015, stage one

A rainswept start line for stage one of the Tour de Normandie 2015

Tom Stewart, Tour de Normandie 2015, stage one

Tom Stewart was part of the day’s escape group

Escape group, Tour de Normandie 2015, stage one

Escape group, Tour de Normandie 2015, stage one

Tour de Normandie 2015, stage one

The peloton chase the escape

Mads Christensen, Tour de Normandie 2015, stage one

Escapee Mads Christensen took the combativity award for his efforts

Bunch sprint, Tour de Normandie 2015, stage one

The bunch winds up the pace for a sprint into Forges-les-Eaux

Lucas Destang wins, Tour de Normandie 2015, stage one

Lucas Destang wins, Tour de Normandie 2015, stage one

Owain Doull finishes, Tour de Normandie 2015, stage one

Welshman Owain Doull (centre of shot) finished seventh for debut squad, Team Wiggins

Tom Scully takes lead in Tour de Normandie 2015 after stage one

Tom Scully takes the lead in Tour de Normandie 2015 after stage one

  • Mark Jones

    This is good news and well deserved publicity for the team, especially after reading how hard Roger Hammond worked to get the team selected.