Dutchman Lars Boom (Rabobank) has won the 2011 Tour of Britain overall after winning two stages and placing second on Sunday morning’s time trial.

The 2008 cyclo-cross World Champion kept out of trouble during the race’s final criterium stage around Westminster, London, on Sunday afternoon to seal the win.

“It was awesome,” said Boom of the Tour of Britain. “London is a very nice city. It’s a lovely country, I didn’t expect that. The public was awesome, a lot of cheering so it was a great week for us.” 

Steve Cummings (Sky) placed second overall behind Boom after a strong time trial performance in the morning. Czech NetApp rider Jan Barta finished third overall.

Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad) showed that his preparations ahead of this week’s World Championships are on track by winning the final stage, his second of the race.

Cavendish’s team-mate and stage five winner Mark Renshaw came second, with Robert Forster (United Healthcare) third.

Thomas’s fourth place on the final stage netted him the overall points classification.

“We wanted to win the race and crashing on Stage Six didn’t help, and with Lars [Boom] sprinting so well we were always up against it,” said Thomas at the finish.

“We thought that after a fifth this morning, I moved ahead of Cavendish so we thought we may as well go for it and try and get on the podium. Fortunately we did and the lads did a great job. Swift took me to the line. I had to get fifth if Cav won and fortunately I got fourth.”

Jonathan Tiernan Locke (Rapha Condor Sharp) completed the race in fifth place overall and earned himself the King of the Mountains jersey in what has been a great week for the British rider.

Belgian Pieter Ghyllebert (An Post) secured the Sprints classification.

Briton Alex Dowsett (Sky) won the morning time trial.

Results (provisional)

Tour of Britain 2011, stage 8b: London to London, 90km


1. Mark Cavendish (GB) HTC-Highroad

2. Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Highroad

3. Robert Forster (Ger) United Healthcare

4. Geraint Thomas (GB) Sky all same time

5. Ben Swift (GB) Sky

6. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Leopard-Trek

7. Tobyn Horton (GB) Motorpoint

8. Andrew Fenn (GB) An Post-Sean Kelly

9. Dan Craven (Nam) Rapha Condor Sharp

10. Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen all same time

Other

39. Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank at same time

Final overall classification

1. Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank

2. Steve Cummings (GB) Sky at 36 secs

3. Jan Barta (Cze) NetApp at 55 secs

4. Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Leopard-trek at 57 secs

5. Jonathan Tiernan Locke (GB) Rapha Condor Sharp at 1-03

6. Iker Camano (Spa) Endura at 1-07

7. Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen at 1-12

8. Joost Posthuma (Ned) Leopard-Trek at 1-13

9. Leopold Koenig (Cze) NetApp at 1-19

10. Daniel Lloyd (GB) Garmin – Cervelo at 1-25

Points classification

1. Geraint Thomas (GB) Sky

Mountains classification

1. Jonathan Tiernan Locke (GB) Rapha Condor Sharp

Sprints classification

1. Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post-Sean Kelly

Best young rider classification

1. Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen

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  • matspeed

    The more I practice the luckier I get (Gary Palmer) – seems an appropriate quote. Can’t blame the big continental riders for not riding the ToB.,,,looked grim in places.

  • Jasper

    Yeah, let’s have another round of Sky slagging… It’s a race, things happen and Sky didn’t have much luck. Lars Boom had the luck on his side this race. Not exactly a low key tour either if you look at this years field.

    Anyway, I’m glad to see a fellow Dutchman and excellent rider take the victory after an interesting week of racing. I never expected the ToB to develop to this level a few years ago. Just a pity that the domestic teams didn’t manage to snatch a stage victory, althought the KoM jersey is not a bad result either :-)

  • Paul Watts

    Robert Markie, Did you actually watch the race finish? Your comment iinsults the effort Renshaw put in to try and win the stage.

  • matspeed

    Once again we see the track ‘stars’ from Sky ultimately fail to deliver, even at a low key tour like ToB……..Next week Sky will probably sign Lars Boom, Jonathan Tiernan Locke & Pieter Ghyllebert.

  • Robert Markle

    Once again I’ll say Cav’s going to have a difficult time next year when Renshaw doesn’t have to take his foot of the gas at the line.