Stannard accelerated away from former break companions Kristian House and Graham Briggs, and time trialled all the way to the finish line in front of home crowds.
It was a mammoth performance from the Essex rider to take his first ever Tour of Britain win, and one which attracted widespread praise on social media platform Twitter.
Stannard's ToB team-mate Ben Swift paid tribute to a win from a hard worker:
The official race Twitter obviously enjoyed Stannard's effort:
Someone was perhaps a bit too keen on handing Stannard the win, with 20km still to go:
'Belgian former pro' Kenny Van Vlaminck is a fan:
David Millar pays tribute
Plenty of appreciation of Stannard's efforts from hardcore fans:
... and appreciation from the British national team too:
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