5.01.2015

Tour de Yorkshire 1: Like a Classic

Embedded image permalinkMiserable weather and a big crash involving the leading group in a slippery descent. Europcar rider Perrig Quemeneur finds himself solo in front. Swift retired, Kittel too. No radio so nobody exactly know what's going on. Indead the French man gets caught 34 km to go.
Fortunately the sun came off. A new race, a new break-away and chassing group. Team Sky is again leading the game with two riders in front - Deignan and Norhaug - the others being Voeckler, Rossetto, and Sanchez. 20 km to go gap is 20''.
Embedded image permalinkFast and nervous like a Classic, up and down in narrow country roads. Heading to Scarborough.
Nordhaug who kicks first on a small ramp into Scarborough. He's dragged Sanchez and Voeckler with him. Move neutralised is Deignan's turn. Then Nordhaug again. Voeckler alwys responds but it costs enery. 
Finally it's a five men sprint and Team Sky wins: yes, all the team. When Plann A crashed they managed to quickly find a Plann B and it worked well. Chapeu! Classy win!

Lars Petter Nordhaug
"It s great to take the victory. With all the spectators here it's massive and I feel like I'm riding at home riding for Sky. This is really great. The team were so strong today, riding all day to make it hard. We were riding for Ben Swift but he crashed pretty hard which is a shame. Then I had to try and do something.
I felt a bit tired in the start after Liege-Bastogne-Liege on Sunday but after 100km when we started riding really hard I felt better and better. I was afraid of (Samuel) Sanchez and especially Voeckler in the sprint. I tried one attack to see how strong they were but that was only to try and win the sprint.
This stage was a lot harder than I thought. But that was because we were riding hard as a team and the team did a great job. I think it will be hard for the next two days."

Team Sky Doc Richard Usher about Ben Swift:
"Ben fell and injured his right shoulder, and received some cuts to his elbow, hips and knee. He was in a severe amount of pain at the time and unable to continue riding. We took him for X-Rays and these preliminary tests show that there are no bone fractures. Ben will go home tonight and undergo further scans tomorrow."

Ben Swift:
"I’m devastated that I’ve had to withdraw from the race. I fell heavily on my shoulder and knew straight away that I couldn’t continue. Thankfully nothing is broken so hopefully it won’t keep me off the bike for long.
Congratulations to Lars Petter and the team on the great win. The Yorkshire crowd were absolutely brilliant today and really spurred us on, so a big thank you to everyone who cheered us on"

RESULTS
STAGE
1 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky 4:22:38
2 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Europcar
3 Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
4 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Esp) BMC Racing
5 Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky
6 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing 0:01:10
7 Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
8 Erick Rowsell (GBr) Madison Genesis
9 Richard Handley (GBr) JLT Condor
10 Huub Duijn (Ned) Team Roompot
GC
1 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky 4:22:28
2 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Europcar 0:00:04
3 Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:06
4 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Esp) BMC Racing 0:00:10
5 Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky
6 Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:01:18
7 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing 0:01:20
8 Erick Rowsell (GBr) Madison Genesis
9 Richard Handley (GBr) JLT Condor
10 Huub Duijn (Ned) Team Roompot

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