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.
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