Tour of Britain

Tour of Britain 2015 mapWhere: Britain
When: September 6-13 2015
Rank: UCI Europe Tour 2.HC

Edvald Boasson Hagen (MTN-Qhubeka) sealed his second Tour of Britain title in London in a stage that saw Elia Viviani (Team Sky) awarded the win after Andre Greipel was relegated due to deviating from his sprinting line.

It was Viviani’s third win in the race’s eight stages, while Boasson Hagen took his sixth top-five placing. Britain’s Owain Doull (Team Wiggins) overtook Rasmus Guldhammer (Cult Energy) to seal third place overall thanks to coming second in the first intermediate sprint and picking up bonus seconds.

One Pro Cycling’s Pete Williams added the sprints classification to the mountains jersey he sealed on stage seven, while Doull won the points jersey by one point from Boasson Hagen.

The route for the Aviva Tour of Britain 2015 covered eight stages and included a summit finish on Hartside Fell in Cumbria. Beaumaris on Anglesey hosted the start of the race, for a hilly opener in North Wales.

Against what some may have predicted, this was one for the sprinters and Italian Elia Viviani (Sky) out-paced home favourite Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) and German powerhouse Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) to win the opening stage in Wrexham, and take a short-lived early race lead.

The stages then dot around the country, taking in parts of Scotland, the north, centre and east of England before the traditional finale in London.

Twenty teams competed across the eight stages, including a mix of WorldTour and domestic squads.

Unlike last year, the final day just featured a criterium stage around Westminster rather than a split stage including a short time trial: there was no test against the clock in 2015.

Dylan Van Baarle (Garmin-Sharp) won the 2014 Tour of Britain ahead of Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) in second and 2013 champion Sir Bradley Wiggins (Sky) in third.

Stage 1, Sun Sept 6, Beaumaris, Anglesey to Wrexham, 177km >> Report
Stage 2, Mon Sept 7, Clitheroe to Colne, 162km >> Report
Stage 3, Tues Sept 8, Cockermouth to Floors Castle, Kelso, 216km >> Report
Stage 4, Weds Sept 9, Edinburgh to Blyth, 218km >> Report
Stage 5, Thur Sept 10, Prudhoe to Hartside Pass, 171km >> Report
Stage 6, Fri Sept 11, Stoke-on-Trent to Nottingham, 189km >> Report
Stage 7, Sat Sept 12, Fakenham to Ipswich, 225km >> Report
Stage 8, Sun Sept 13, London criterium, 93km >> Report

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Edvald Boasson Hagen takes the race lead after stage five of the 2015 Tour of Britain

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