The fourth Tour of Britain ended on Saturday in Glasgow. Romain Feillu (Agritubel) now joins Martin Pedersen, Nick Nuyens and Mauricio Ardila on the very exclusive list of riders who have won the British stage race.

The 102 riders in 17 teams that lined up for the prologue in Crystal Palace on Sunday, September 9, faced 951.5 kilometres of racing through the British landscape. The race travelled as far south as Southampton, and as far north as Glasgow via six road stages – the longest edition of the event yet.

It was good news for British riders. Although the overall was won by Frenchman Feillu, Manxman Mark Cavendish secured the point and sprints jerseys, whilst Great Britain team rider Ben Swift came away with the E.On mountains jersey.

Brits also featured highly in the individual stages: Cavendish won the prologue and first road stage and Paul Manning won the final stage in Glasgow.

To recap the 2007 edition of the Tour of Britain, here?s who won what, and where? click on the links to read the full stage reports and view galleries from the race.


Sunday, September 9

Crystal Palace, 2.5km

The largely flat route around the former motor racing circuit at Crystal Palace provided a spectator-friendly venue for the Tour of Britain?s first ever prologue. Mark Cavendish (T-Mobile) was the surprise victor after two Russians from Tinkoff, Nikolai Trusov and Alexander Serov, set some stunning times.

Prologue full report

Prologue photo gallery

Prologue results

1 Mark Cavendish (T- Mobile) 2.5km in 2-27.61

2 Nikolai Trusov (Tinkoff) at 1.21

3 Alexander Serov (Tinkoff) at 3.63

Overall leader: Mark Cavendish (T-Mobile)


Monday, September 10

Reading-Southampton, 139km

Palmer Park Velodrome in Reading hosted the start the first proper road stage. As predicted, the flat stage lent itself to the sprinters, with Britain?s Mark Cavendish making it two in a row.

Stage one full report

Stage one results

1 Mark Cavendish (T-Mobile) 139km in 3-07-46

2 Steven Caethoven (Chocolade Jacques)

3 Juan Jose Haedo (CSC) all at same time

Overall leader: Mark Cavendish (T-Mobile)


Tuesday, September 11

Yeovilton-Taunton, 169km

The final third of the stage featured three climbs on Exmoor that split the bunch in two. Russian Nikolai Trusov took the win after part of the lead bunch wiped out on the final run-in in Taunton. Trusov took the race lead from Cavendish.

Stage two full report

Stage two results

1 Nikolai Trusov (Tinkoff)

2 Luke Roberts (CSC)

3 Romain Feillu (Agritubel)

Overall leader: Nikolai Trusov (Tinkoff)


Wednesday, September 12

Worcester-Wolverhampton, 152km

Two first category climbs appeared in the first 55km of the stage today, and it was here that the decisive break formed allowing eventual winner Matthew Goss and seven others to escape the bunch.

Stage three full report

Stage three photo gallery

Stage three results

1 Matthew Goss (CSC) 152km in 3-48-41

2 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel

3 Roger Hammond (T-Mobile) all same time.

Overall leader: Nikolai Trusov (Tinkoff)


Thursday, September 13

Rotherham-Bradford, 163km

A bizarre mid-stage neutralised section – as a result of paperwork not being filed on time – did nothing to change the result of the fourth stage. Spaniard Adrian Palomares broke free from the 26-man attack to win the stage and snatch the race lead.

Stage four full report

Stage four photo gallery

Stage four results

1 Adrian Palomares (Fuerteventura-Canarias) 163.3km in 2-43-41

2 Tom Stubbe (Chocolade Jacques)

3 David Blanco (Duja Tavira) all same time.

Overall leader: Adrian Palomares (Fuerteventura-Canarias)


Friday, September 14

Liverpool-Kendal, 170km

The penultimate stage ran through some of Britain?s most stunning scenery, with hills to match, skirting the Yorkshire Dales, and then through the Forest of Bowland and onto the Lake District. Mark Cavendish (T-Mobile) and Alexander Serov (Tinkoff) went on the attack. Serov lost Cavendish on the final climbs, but Cav clung on to second place as the bunch chased. Palomares retained the lead overall.

Stage five full report

Stage five photo gallery

Stage five results

1 Alexander Serov (Tinkoff) 170km in 4-00-53

2 Mark Cavendish (T-Mobile) at 1-43

3 Romain Feillu (Agritubel) at 1-45

Overall leader: Adrian Palomares (Fuerteventura-Canarias)


Saturday, September 15

Dumfries-Glasgow, 156km

With the overall race still wide open, the final stage literally decided the final winner. It was Frenchman Romain Feillu who snatched overall victory from Adrian Palomares – a result that came down to hundredths of a second based on time differences in the prologue. Paul Manning was the hero of the day, winning the stage in Glasgow.

Stage six full report

Stage six results

1 Paul Manning (Great Britain) in 3-31-04

2 Salvatore Commesso (Tinkoff) at 7secs

3 Kurt Hovelijnck (Chocolade Jacques) at same time.

Overall leader: Romain Feillu (Agritubel)

Points: Mark Cavendish (T-Mobile)

E.On mountains: Ben Swift (Great Britain)

Sprints: Mark Cavendish (T-Mobile)

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