Tom Moses (Rapha Condor JLT) won stage one of the Tour de Normandie on Tuesday after a late solo attack on a rain-swept day.
Moses finished the stage 17 seconds ahead of second-placed Maarten Van Trijp (Rabobank Development), with Sondre Holst Enger (Sparebanken Sør) in third. Fellow Briton Dan McLay was fifth. Moses launched his move in the final 20km to ride clear of the chasing bunch.
Moses now moves into the overall race lead, in addition to taking the sprint jersey and topping the best young rider classification.
Earlier in the gruelling 200km stage, Mark Christian (Raleigh) had been part of a three-man move that was caught with around 30km to go to the finish in Forges Les Eaux, and he took the intermediate sprint jersey for his efforts. Christian had already put in a strong ride in the race’s opening prologue time trial on Monday, finishing 14th and 10 seconds behind winner Stefan Kung (BMC Development).
Moses leads Kung in the general classification by six seconds, with Sergey Nikolaev (Itera Katusha) in third at seven seconds.
Twenty-one-year-old Moses from Yorkshire joined Rapha Condor JLT for 2014 from Raleigh, and was the 2009 British junior cyclo-cross champion.
The UCI 2.2-ranked Tour de Normandie concludes on Sunday in Caen. Paul Curran is the only British rider to have won the race, in 1985.
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