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Van Baarle wins Tour of Britain
14 Sep 2014 18:06
Dylan van Baarle's Tour of Britain victory was confirmed as he finished safely in the peloton on a final stage won by Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano), the winner of stage one in Liverpool a week ago.
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Van Baarle finished ten seconds ahead of Pole Michal Kwiatowski overall, with Ireland's Nicolas Roche fifth, 42 seconds back on the winner.
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All of the Irish riders were safely in the pack on the final stage leaving Ryan Mullen 85th and Jack Wilson 103rd.
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A five-man breakaway formed early on, featuring Steve Cummings (BMC Racing), Jan Barta (Team NetApp-Endura), Chris Latham (Great Britain), Liam Holohan (Madison Genesis) and Mark McNally (An Post-Chainreaction).
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McNally dramatically exited the escape group, tumbling to the tarmac after apparently touching a wheel in the group, a fall which required a bike change.
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The last remnants of the breakaway were caught with 5.5km remaining as the sprinters' teams fought for position in anticipation of a hectic dash for the line.
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It pitted Kittel against Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) and just as it looked like the Manxman had overcome his rival, the German held him off at the line for another win on British soil in 2014.
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Kittel has won Giro d'Italia stages in Belfast and Dublin, Tour de France stages in Harrogate and London and Tour of Britain stages in Liverpool and London.
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Bradley Wiggins had earlier won the day's individual time trial in London, however Dutch rider Van Baarle retained the yellow jersey ahead of Sunday's second and final stage.
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Wiggins clocked a time of nine minutes 50 seconds over the 8.8km course.
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Roche came in 22nd, 32 seconds behind Wiggins.
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Ryan Mullen was quickest of the Irish riders in seventh position with young Jack Wilson outside the top 100.
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Van Baarle, from the Garmin-Sharp team, had held a 19-second advantage ahead of the first of Sunday's stages after taking the yellow jersey in Saturday's seventh stage between Camberley and Brighton.
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