Tour Of Britain Stage 8

17/09/2012   |   Posted by jeremy

Tour of Britain stage 8 Reigate – Guildford  147.7km.

Yesterday saw the eighth and final stage of the 2012 Tour of Britain. Starting out from Reigate with three sprints and four climbs along the route before finishing up on the cobbled high street in Guildford.

Conditions were dry as the riders set out from Priory Park, being led out by Kristian House of Rapha Condor.  As racing got under way the first sprint of the day came early at just 10.2km into the stage at Dorking. A group of four riders were off the front  making a break for the line. The riders were welcomed to Dorking by very large crowds lining the streets. The lead four riders stayed in formation as they crossed the line with Peter Williamson of Node 4 – Giordana crossing the line first, in second place was Jack Bobridge of Orica Greenedge.

The group were over two minutes clear by the time they got to the first climb of the day at Staple Lane, and it was Simon Richardson who took the points for an uncontested win. By the time they got to the second climb, a category 2 at Crocknorth, their lead was still around the one minute thirty second mark, and once again it was Richardson who got the maximum points with Jack Bobridge second.

The group remained intact over the climb at Leith Hill, but were caught by the time they got to the last climb of the day, a steep one at Barhatch Lane. This climb blew the field apart and it was every man for himself as they ascended the hill. At the line it was Leopold Koenig of Team NetApp who got the win with the gold jersey of Jonathan Tiernan-Locke crossing in second place.

From here it was a steep and tricky descent down towards Guildford  with 42km still to go. The lead group that included Tiernan-Locke were pushing on but he realised that they didn’t need to be pushing quite so hard so he told some of the more enthusiastic members of the team to hold back a bit to conserve energy. This was a pretty smart move because as long as he held his place he was ensured an overall win.

With 30km to go the peloton were back on the main roads again heading for Guildford with a group of three riders that included the 2008 Olympic champion Sammy Sanchez 10 seconds clear and a gap of 37 seconds over the gold jersey group.

The riders all came back together as the peloton entered the outskirts of Guildford it was Team sky in control as they were looking to get Mark Cavendish in position for another possible stage win.

As they went up the last hill of the Tour, the cobbled high street of Guildford it was Cavendish who pulled clear of the field to take a relatively easy third and final stage win. Boy Van Poppel finished second for United Healthcare bringing the 2012 Tour of Britain to a close.

The overall winner was Jonathan Tiernan-Locke with Nathan Haas of Garmin – Sharp in second place.

This was a fantastic end to a great Summer of cycling in Britain and it showed the World what we can do and how we are at the top of the game in terms of riders, long may it continue and let’s hope it has inspired a whole new generation of young cyclists to get out on the roads.

 

Stage

1

Mark Cavendish

Sky Procycling

2

Boy Van Poppel

UnitedHealthcare

3

Fabio Sabatini

Liquigas - Cannondale

Overall

1

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke

Endura Racing

2

Nathan Haas

Garmin - Sharp

3

Damiano Caruso

Liquigas - Cannondale

Points

1

Boy Van Poppel

UnitedHealthcare

2

Mark Cavendish

Sky Procycling

3

Nathan Haas

Garmin - Sharp

Mountains

1

Kristian House

Rapha Condor

2

Pablo Urtasun

Euskaltel Euskadi

3

Bernard Sulzberger

Raleigh - GAC

Sprints

1

Peter Williams

Node 4 - Giordana

2

Marcin Bialoblocki

Node 4 - Giordana

3

Mathew Cronshaw

Node 4 - Giordana

Team

1

Saur Sojasun

 

2

UnitedHealthcare

 

3

Team NetApp

 

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