Mark Cavendish (T-Mobile) added to yesterday’s stunning Tour of Britain prologue victory by winning today’s stage between Reading and Southampton.
Cavendish beat Steven Caethoven (Chocolade Jacques), Juan Jose Haedo (CSC), team-mate Roger Hammond and Geraint Thomas (Barloworld) in the fast sprint finish in Southampton. This is Cavendish’s tenth professional win in his first season as a professional; he is just one away from his target of 11 victories for the year.
Earlier Mikel Artetxte (Fuerteventura-Canaries) and Piet Rooijakkers (Skil-Shimano) had been on a long break, but were reeled in by the bunch, driven by the T-Mobile team, within three miles of the line.
Cavendish currently leads the race overall, and goes into tomorrow’s lumpy 169km stage from Yeovilton-Taunton in the yellow jersey.
TOUR OF BRITAIN: STAGE ONE RESULTS
1 Mark Cavendish (T-Mobile)
2 Steven Caethoven (Chocolade Jacques)
3 Juan Jose Haedo (CSC)
4 Roger Hammond (T-Mobile)
5 Geraint Thomas (Barloworld)
6 Martin Garrido (Duja Tavira)
7 Simon Clarke (South Australia.com-AIS)
8 Matthew Goss (CSC)
9 Tom Veelers (Rabobank)
10 Ben Swift (Barloworld)
TOUR OF BRITAIN: OVERALL AFTER STAGE ONE
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) T-Mobile in 3.09.59
2 Nikolai Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff at 14secs
3 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano at 16secs
4 Alexander Serov (Rus) Tinkoff at 18secs
5 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) South Australia.com-AIS
6 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team CSC at same time
7 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) T-Mobile at 19secs
8 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld
9 Martin Garrido (Arg) Duja Tavira at 20secs
10 Christopher Newton (GBr) Recycling.co.uk at same time
Official site: www.tourofbritain.co.uk.