André Greipel sprints to victory on opening stage of 2018 Tour of Britain

The German beat Caleb Ewan and Fernando Gaviria to the finish in Newport

André Greipel wins stage one of the Tour of Britain (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

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André Greipel won the first stage of the 2018 Tour of Britain, beating Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) and Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) to the line in Newport.

The Lotto-Soudal rider timed his effort perfectly, countering an early sprint from Gaviria who faded well before the line, and beating Ewan by a wheel after the Australian had also made a late surge.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

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