Tour of Great Britain
Stage 1: Ipswich - Norfolk Showground - Stage Details


The opening stage of Tour of Britain will be remembered for its crash-marred finale. Team Sky controlled the race for start to finish with the intention of setting up the sprint for Mark Cavendish. Slightly more than one kilometer from the line, Cavendish crashed – the third of three significant crashes in the last 20 kilometers – and brought down several other top sprinters with him. Luke Rowe (Sky) went on to win stage one ahead of a shattered peloton. Leigh Howard was the top finisher for ORICA-GreenEDGE in 20th place. 

"Sky controlled the race, and the field caught the break inside the final 10 kilometers. Before the catch, two crashes disrupted the pace of the bunch. Jack and Heppy were caught behind one of the crashes. Aidis managed to avoid both crashes, but then looked around to survey the damage and ended up taking himself out. He fell off his bike and into a thorn bush." - Brett Lancaster


Place Rider/Team Time
1 Luke Rowe (GBr) - Sky Procycling 4:51:05
2 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) - UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team ST
3 Russell Downing (GBr) - Endura Racing ST
4 Jérémie Galland (Fra) - Saur - Sojasun ST
5 Peter Hawkins (Irl) - IG - Sigma Sport ST
6 Rony Martias (Fra) - Saur - Sojasun ST
7 Barry Markus (Ned) - Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team ST
8 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) - Liquigas-Cannondale ST
9 Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (GBr) - Endura Racing ST
10 Ben Grenda (Aus) - Rapha Condor ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
21 Leigh Howard (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE Cycling Team ST
53 Brett Lancaster (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE Cycling Team ST
77 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) - ORICA-GreenEDGE Cycling Team 0:07:22
81 Jack Bobridge (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE Cycling Team ST
95 Michael Hepburn (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE Cycling Team ST