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Tour of Britain - 2.1

Great Britain, September 9-15, 2007

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Stage 1 - September 10: Reading - Southampton, 138.9 km

Cavendish powers to victory in Southampton

Mark Cavendish (T-Mobile)
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Mark Cavendish (T-Mobile) retained the yellow jersey in fine style by sprinting to victory in Southampton after 139km of racing on stage one of the Tour of Britain. The first-year professional took his tenth victory this season to move closer to Alessandro Petacchi's first season record of eleven. The bunch was all together as they flew into Southampton ahead of schedule with Roger Hammond (T-Mobile) giving a perfect lead out for the 22 year-old Manxman who seemed to float effortlessly down the final 200m. Cavendish held off the challenge from Steven Caethoven (Chocolade Jacques - Topsport) and JJ Haedo (Team CSC). Cavendish reached high in celebration as he crossed the finish line.

"The team did an amazing job for me today," said Cavendish: "The first 50km were tough with riders trying to get away all the time and we trying to control things but it wasn't happening. It was very windy out there and any team could have done a hell of a lot of damage. Ian (Stannard) did a great job today and he paid for his efforts at the end but will be first on the massage table tonight. The team did a great job of riding on the front all day and I was just sitting comfortably. Roger (Hammond) and Frankie (Rabon) did a wonderful job for me in the sprint. Roger took me further than I needed to go at 200m and it I couldn't lose really. It was perfect."

"Robbie (McEwan) got seven or eight European wins in his first season and a few in Australia to give him ten wins, and I have matched that now and I am really happy. I have one more victory to go before I reach my season target"

Cavendish is still not sure about holding onto the leader's yellow jersey for the whole week with only a gap of 14 seconds back to Russian Nikolai Trusov (Tinkoff Credit Systems) and a long list of riders up only seconds away. "The margin is not very big and we will have to see what happens tomorrow. I am quite scared of tomorrow as it is a tough parcours. If I don't keep the yellow jersey tomorrow I know that there are other people in the team that are going well. Frankie (Rabon) is going great so if I don’t have it tomorrow I hope that he will."

How it unfolded

Youngsters Russell Hampton (Team GB) and Simon Richardson (Plowman Craven / Evans Cycles)
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Tony Gibb (Plowman Craven-Evans Cycles) was the first rider to attack at mile zero and the constant attacking of many riders brought the race home ahead of schedule. Cavendish took the sprint prime at Pamber Heath to move further ahead in the GC on the road. Martin Garrido (Duja Tavira) took second spot with Trusov limiting the damage in third.

The field were all together as they climbed White Hill after 25km and Frantisek Rabon attacked the field just before the top taking maximum EON king of the mountain points ahead of Samuel Caldeira (Duja Tavira), Ben Swift (Barloworld) and last year's race winner Martin Pedersen (Team CSC).

Two riders had managed to break away after 40km to forge a narrow lead on the main field that chased for a while and then let the duo of Mikel Artetxte Gezeuraga (Fuerteventura-Canarias) and Piet Rooijakkers (Skil-Shimano) slip away into a two minute lead. The duo worked hard to stay clear with Rooijakkers taking both sprint primes and Gezeuraga taking the final KOM prime at Kent’s Oak. Cavendish took the final second bonus at the Hatchet Pond sprint prime.

T-Mobile's Frantisek Rabon attacks
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The leaders were now 2'50" in front with alarm bells ringing in the main field.T-Mobile hit the front to lead the chase. Barloworld, Agritubel and CSC joined the charge for line in the closing kilometres with the young Great Britain team also seeing the action at the head of the bunch. The duo must have thought there was a slim chance of staying clear as the blackboard showed a 50 second lead with eight kilomters to go but they were finally brought to heel in the closing stages after over 80km of freedom in tough racing conditions.

Cavendish came round the final corner moving to the front and he held his position all the way to the line

A crash on the run in spoiled the chances of Robbie Hunter (Barloworld) who trailed in over four minutes behind the winner but is he set to start Tuesday's 169km tough Yeovilton to Taunton stage. The riders will have a taste of a first category hill after 80km. A fast run in to the finish will greet any riders who manage to go clear on the Somerset stage.

Photography

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Results

1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) T- Mobile                                3.07.46 (44.38km/h)
2 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen         
3 Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team CSC                                       
4 Roger Hammond (GBr) T- Mobile                                        
5 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld                                      
6 Martin Garrido (Arg) Duja Tavira                                     
7 Simon Clarke (Aus) South Australia.com-AIS                           
8 Matthew Goss (Aus) Team CSC                                          
9 Tom Veelers (Ned) Rabobank                                           
10 Ben Swift (GBr) Barloworld                                          
11 Nikolai Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                         
12 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                  
13 Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel                                       
14 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed                       
15 John Bellis (GBr) Great Britain                                     
16 Bernie Sulzberger (Aus) DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed                  
17 Johnnie Walker (Aus) South Australia.com-AIS                        
18 Christoff Van Heerden (RSA) Team Konica Minolta                     
19 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) South Australia.com-AIS                      
20 Michael Wolf (USA) Navigators Insurance                             
21 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Rabobank                                       
22 Evert Verbist (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen           
23 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel                                       
24 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team CSC                                         
25 Gene Bates (Aus) South Australia.com-AIS                            
26 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Skil-Shimano                               
27 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Rabobank                                     
28 Jose Adrian Bonilla Bonilla (CRc) Fuerteventura-Canarias            
29 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) South Australia.com-AIS                     
30 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) T- Mobile                                     
31 Thomas Berkhout (Ned) Rabobank                                      
32 Martin Pedersen (Den) Team CSC                                      
33 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                 
34 Samuel Caldeira (Por) Duja Tavira                                   
35 Coen Vermelfoort (Ned) Rabobank                                     
36 Evan Oliphant (GBr) DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed                      
37 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen           
38 Kenny Van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                 
39 Christopher Froome (Ken) Team Konica Minolta                        
40 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen         
41 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                 
42 David Deroo (Fra) Skil-Shimano                                      
43 David Munoz Banon (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias                      
44 David Blanco (Spa) Duja Tavira                                      
45 Paul Sneeboer (Ned) Duja Tavira                                     
46 Manuel Lloret Zaragozi (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias                 
47 Paul Manning (GBr) Great Britain                                    
48 Anders Lund (Den) Team CSC                                          
49 Mikel Artetxte Gezeuraga (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias               
50 Emilien Berges (Fra) Agritubel                                      
51 Alexander Serov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                        
52 Bernardo Riccio (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                        
53 Hamish Haynes (GBr) DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed                      
54 Cristopher Newton (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                             
55 Adrian Palomares Vilaplana (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias             
56 Bert De Backer (Bel) Navigators Insurance                           
57 Vicente David Bernabeu Armengol (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias        
58 Andrew Tennant (GBr) Great Britain                              0.15
59 Giosue' Bonomi (Ita) Barloworld                                     
60 Simon Richardson (GBr) Plowman Craven-Evans Cycles              0.20
61 Martijn Keizer (Ned) Rabobank                                       
62 Ryan Bonser (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                                   
63 Tom Stubbe (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen              
64 Rob Partridge (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                             0.23
65 Russell Hampton (GBr) Great Britain                                 
66 Lars Bak (Den) Team CSC                                             
67 Nico Mattan (Bel) DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed                        
68 Servais Knaven (Ned) T- Mobile                                      
69 Salvatore Commesso (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                     
70 Adam Bonser (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                                   
71 Kristian House (GBr) Navigators Insurance                           
72 Daniel Fleeman (GBr) DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed                     
73 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel                                     
74 Tony Gibb (GBr) Plowman Craven-Evans Cycles                         
75 Travis Allen (RSA) Team Konica Minolta                              
76 Rodney Green (RSA) Team Konica Minolta                              
77 David Rodriguez (USA) Navigators Insurance                          
78 Simon Gaywood (GBr) Plowman Craven-Evans Cycles                     
79 Cedrid Coutouly (Fra) Agritubel                                 0.27
80 Elio Aggiano (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                       0.28
81 Gordon McCauley (NZl) Plowman Craven-Evans Cycles               0.29
82 Roel Vanmuysen (Bel) Navigators Insurance                       0.31
83 Tom Diggle (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                                0.56
84 Simon Holt (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                                    
85 Ian Stannard (GBr) T- Mobile                                    1.00
86 Dennis Van Niekerk (RSA) Team Konica Minolta                        
87 Enrico Degano (Ita) Barloworld                                  1.18
88 Ed Clancy (GBr) Great Britain                                   1.26
89 Diego Caccia (Ita) Barloworld                                   2.03
90 Matt Cooke (USA) Navigators Insurance                               
91 Jay Thompson (RSA) Team Konica Minolta                          2.03
92 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Great Britain                                    
93 James Millard (GBr) Plowman Craven-Evans Cycles                 2.11
94 James McCallum (GBr) Plowman Craven-Evans Cycles                2.12
95 Nelson Vitorino (Por) Duja Tavira                               2.24
96 Ricardo Mestre (Por) Duja Tavira                                    
97 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) T- Mobile                                 2.43
98 Daniele Contrini (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                   3.46
99 Robbie Hunter (RSA) Barloworld                                  4.07
100 Kurt Hovelijnck (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen        
101 Hans Dekkers (Ned) Agritubel                                   5.31

Mountains 
 
KOM 1: Cat 3, White Hill

1 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) T- Mobile                                     4 pts
2 Samuel Caldeira (Por) Duja Tavira                                   3
3 Ben Swift (GBr) Barloworld                                          2
4 Martin Pedersen (Den) Team CSC                                      1
 
KOM 2: Cat 3, Kent's Oak

1 Mikel Artetxte Gezeuraga (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias               4 pts
2 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                 3
3 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) T- Mobile                                     2
4 Samuel Caldeira (Por) Duja Tavira                                   1

Sprints
 
Sprint1 : Pamber Heath

1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) T- Mobile                                      5 pts
2 Martin Garrido (Arg) Duja Tavira                                    3
3 Nikolai Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                         2
4 Christoff Van Heerden (RSA) Team Konica Minolta                     1
 
Sprint 2: Stockbridge

1 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                 5 pts
2 Mikel Artetxte Gezeuraga (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias               3
3 Thomas Berkhout (Ned) Rabobank                                      2
4 Servais Knaven (Ned) T- Mobile                                      1
 
Sprint 3: Hatchet Pond

1 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                 5 pts
2 Mikel Artetxte Gezeuraga (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias               3
3 Mark Cavendish (GBr) T- Mobile                                      2
4 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Skil-Shimano                               1

Team 

1 T- Mobile                                                     9.23.18
2 CSC                                                                  
3 South Australia.com-AIS                                              
4 Rabobank                                                             
5 Chocolade Jacques-Topsport                                           
6 DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed                                           
7 Skil-Shimano                                                         
8 Duja Tavira                                                          
9 Agritubel                                                            
10 Tinkoff Credit Systems                                              
11 Fuerteventura-Canarias                                              
12 Navigators Insurance                                                
13 Barloworld                                                      0.15
14 Great Britain                                                       
15 Team Konica Minolta                                             0.23
16 Recycling.co.uk                                                 0.43
17 Plowman Craven-Evans Cycles                                     1.06

General classification after stage 1
 
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) T- Mobile                                3.09.59
2 Nikolai Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                      0.14
3 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                              0.16
4 Alexander Serov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                     0.18
5 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) South Australia.com-AIS                       
6 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team CSC                                          
7 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) T- Mobile                                  0.19
8 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld                                      
9 Martin Garrido (Arg) Duja Tavira                                 0.20
10 Cristopher Newton (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                             
11 Emilien Berges (Fra) Agritubel                                      
12 Tom Veelers (Ned) Rabobank                                      0.21
13 David Blanco (Spa) Duja Tavira                                      
14 Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel                                   0.22
15 Coen Vermelfoort (Ned) Rabobank                                     
16 Matthew Goss (Aus) Team CSC                                         
17 Gene Bates (Aus) South Australia.com-AIS                            
18 Paul Manning (GBr) Great Britain                                    
19 Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team CSC                                      
20 Simon Clarke (Aus) South Australia.com-AIS                      0.23
21 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Skil-Shimano                               
22 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed                       
23 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen        
24 Manuel Lloret Zaragozi (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias             0.24
25 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                  
26 John Bellis (GBr) Great Britain                                     
27 Bernardo Riccio (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                        
28 Thomas Berkhout (Ned) Rabobank                                      
29 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) South Australia.com-AIS                     
30 Samuel Caldeira (Por) Duja Tavira                                   
31 David Munoz Banon (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias                  0.25
32 Johnnie Walker (Aus) South Australia.com-AIS                        
33 Paul Sneeboer (Ned) Duja Tavira                                 0.26
34 Vicente David Bernabeu Armengol (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias        
35 Evan Oliphant (GBr) DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed                  0.27
36 Roger Hammond (GBr) T- Mobile                                       
37 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Rabobank                                     
38 Ben Swift (GBr) Barloworld                                          
39 Jose Adrian Bonilla Bonilla (CRc) Fuerteventura-Canarias            
40 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Rabobank                                       
41 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen           
42 Christoff Van Heerden (RSA) Team Konica Minolta                 0.28
43 David Deroo (Fra) Skil-Shimano                                      
44 Adrian Palomares Vilaplana (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias             
45 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen         
46 Martin Pedersen (Den) Team CSC                                  0.29
47 Evert Verbist (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen           
48 Christopher Froome (Ken) Team Konica Minolta                    0.30
49 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel                                       
50 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                 
51 Hamish Haynes (GBr) DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed                  0.31
52 Mikel Artetxte Gezeuraga (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias               
53 Anders Lund (Den) Team CSC                                      0.32
54 Michael Wolf (USA) Navigators Insurance                         0.34
55 Bernie Sulzberger (Aus) DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed              0.35
56 Andrew Tennant (GBr) Great Britain                              0.37
57 Bert De Backer (Bel) Navigators Insurance                       0.38
58 Matt Cooke (USA) Navigators Insurance                               
59 Salvatore Commesso (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                 0.45
60 Giosue' Bonomi (Ita) Barloworld                                     
61 Martijn Keizer (Ned) Rabobank                                   0.46
62 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel                                     
63 Servais Knaven (Ned) T- Mobile                                  0.47
64 Tony Gibb (GBr) Plowman Craven-Evans Cycles                     0.48
65 Nico Mattan (Bel) DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed                    0.49
66 Russell Hampton (GBr) Great Britain                             0.50
67 Lars Bak (Den) Team CSC                                         0.51
68 Tom Stubbe (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen          0.52
69 Simon Gaywood (GBr) Plowman Craven-Evans Cycles                 0.53
70 Kristian House (GBr) Navigators Insurance                           
71 Simon Richardson (GBr) Plowman Craven-Evans Cycles              0.54
72 Elio Aggiano (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                       0.56
73 Rob Partridge (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                             0.57
74 Cedrid Coutouly (Fra) Agritubel                                     
75 Gordon McCauley (NZl) Plowman Craven-Evans Cycles               0.58
76 Travis Allen (RSA) Team Konica Minolta                              
77 Daniel Fleeman (GBr) DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed                 0.59
78 Rodney Green (RSA) Team Konica Minolta                              
79 Kenny Van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano                             1.01
80 David Rodriguez (USA) Navigators Insurance                          
81 Ryan Bonser (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                               1.03
82 Adam Bonser (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                               1.04
83 Roel Vanmuysen (Bel) Navigators Insurance                       1.06
84 Ian Stannard (GBr) T- Mobile                                    1.27
85 Tom Diggle (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                                1.31
86 Simon Holt (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                                1.35
87 Dennis Van Niekerk (RSA) Team Konica Minolta                    1.42
88 Enrico Degano (Ita) Barloworld                                  1.46
89 Ed Clancy (GBr) Great Britain                                       
90 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Great Britain                                2.26
91 Diego Caccia (Ita) Barloworld                                   2.33
92 James Millard (GBr) Plowman Craven-Evans Cycles                 2.37
93 Jay Thompson (RSA) Team Konica Minolta                          2.45
94 Nelson Vitorino (Por) Duja Tavira                               2.57
95 Ricardo Mestre (Por) Duja Tavira                                    
96 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) T- Mobile                                 3.09
97 James McCallum (GBr) Plowman Craven-Evans Cycles                3.22
98 Daniele Contrini (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                   4.07
99 Robbie Hunter (RSA) Barloworld                                  4.28
100 Kurt Hovelijnck (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen    4.44
101 Hans Dekkers (Ned) Agritubel                                   5.59
 
Points classification

1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) T- Mobile                                     15 pts
2 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen       14
3 Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team CSC                                     13
4 Roger Hammond (GBr) T- Mobile                                      12
5 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld                                    11
6 Martin Garrido (Arg) Duja Tavira                                   10
7 Simon Clarke (Aus) South Australia.com-AIS                          9
8 Matthew Goss (Aus) Team CSC                                         8
9 Tom Veelers (Ned) Rabobank                                          7
10 Ben Swift (GBr) Barloworld                                         6
11 Nikolai Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                        5
12 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                 4
13 Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel                                      3
14 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed                      2
15 John Bellis (GBr) Great Britain                                    1

Mountains classification
 
1 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) T- Mobile                                     8 pts
2 Samuel Caldeira (Por) Duja Tavira                                   7
3 Mark Cavendish (GBr) T- Mobile                                      4
4 Mikel Artetxte Gezeuraga (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias               4
5 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                 3
6 Ben Swift (GBr) Barloworld                                          2
7 Alexander Serov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                        1
8 Martin Pedersen (Den) Team CSC                                      1
 
Sprint classification

1 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                10 pts
2 Mark Cavendish (GBr) T- Mobile                                      7
3 Mikel Artetxte Gezeuraga (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias               6
4 Martin Garrido (Arg) Duja Tavira                                    3
5 Nikolai Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                         2
6 Thomas Berkhout (Ned) Rabobank                                      2
7 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Skil-Shimano                               1
8 Christoff Van Heerden (RSA) Team Konica Minolta                     1
9 Servais Knaven (Ned) T- Mobile                                      1
 
Team classification

1 Tinkoff Credit Systems       9.30.51
2 T- Mobile                       0.03
3 South Australia.com-AIS         0.09
4 Agritubel                       0.11
5 CSC                             0.12
6 Duja Tavira                     0.13
7 Rabobank                        0.14
8 Skil-Shimano                    0.15
9 Fuerteventura-Canarias          0.21
10 DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed     0.22
11 Great Britain                  0.25
12 Barloworld                     0.28
13 Chocolade Jacques-Topsport     0.30
14 Navigators Insurance           0.45
15 Team Konica Minolta            1.02
16 Recycling.co.uk                1.18
17 Plowman Craven-Evans Cycles    1.32

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