Team Wiggins make debut at Tour de Normandie

Tom Bohli of the BMC Development team took victory and the leaders jersey in the 3.6km prologue as the Wiggins team made their debut. Photos by Andy Jones

New British UCI Continental team, Wiggins made their official race debut at the Tour de Normandie stage race on Monday, which kicked-off with a 3.6km prologue.

Jonathan Dibben, Andy Tennant, Dan Patten, Christopher Lawless, Mark Christian and Owain Doull were the selected riders showing off the Wiggins Rapha kit and Pinarello F8 bikes for the first time, however the riders donned all black skinsuits for the time trial, as the team coloured suits weren’t ready in time for the UCI 2.2 race.

Tom Bohli of the BMC Development team took the prologue win and an early lead in the overall, beating Madison Genesis‘s Tom Scully into second place by two seconds.

Britain’s and Wiggins’s highest placed rider was Doull, who finished 10 seconds back in 17th position.

The race begins in earnest on Tuesday with a 207km stage to Forges-le-Eaux, before finally concluding on Sunday with the final stage into Caen.


Chris Lawless makes some adjustments to hit bike before the prologue


Wiggins rider were riding their new Pinarello F8 bikes equipped with SRAM Red and Zipp wheels


Dan Patten checks out the road booke ahead of his prologue run


Andy Tennant gets his ride underway in his blacked out skinsuit


Owain Doull warms-up ahead of his prologue run


Wiggins DS Simon Cope was on hand to oversee his new squad in action


Saint-Lô provided a picturesque backdrop for the opening time trial


Wiggins were joined by fellow British teams Madison Genesis and JLT Condor, who featured Ed Clancy in their line-up


New Zealander Tom Scully put in an impressive ride to finish second in the prologue


Former Team Sky rider Josh Edmondson was making his debut for Irish team An-Post – Chain Reaction


But it was Tom Bohli of the BMC Development team who finished on top on the first day in Normandy

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