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Tour of Britain 2015
Tour of Britain 2015

Tour Of Britain 2015 Review

The race this year has simply flown by and it only seemed like yesterday that cycling fans were looking forward the Grand Depart from Beaumaris on Anglesey.

It is of course a lot shorter that the Gran Tours being only a week rather the full three. However, in that time the tour has taken in some excellent sights culminating with a circuit stage around the capital.

Edvald Boasson Hagen - Tour of Britain 2015 winner
Edvald Boasson Hagen – Tour of Britain 2015 winner

Former Team Sky rider Edvald Boasson Hagen, now with MTN Qhubeka, crossed the finish line in London to take the title for the second time just thirteen seconds ahead of Team Sky’s Dutchman Wouter Poels in the overall classification.

This was the former Norwegian champion Boasson Hagen’s sixth stage race win since 2009 having also had three Grand Tour stage wins in that time. He moved from Team Sky in 2014 after having the worst year in his career, not managing one stage win all season.

The final stage was won by German sprinter Andre Greipel but he was deemed to have deviated from his racing line as was relegated and awarding the stage to Italian Elia Viviani. That was the third stage win of the tour for the rider from Team Sky who has only managed one Grand Tour stage win which was at the Giro earlier in the year.

The eight stage race was a resounding success with plenty of fans lining the road, particularly in the final stage in London. The tour, as I briefly touched on in a previous article, has gone from strength to strength and is attracting some big names to the shores every September.

This year there were twenty teams made up of domestic and World Tour squads that travelled the route of 901.6 miles around the North of England, Wales and Scotland. Even though the route had been planned a long time in advance, there was chaos on a roundabout in Norwich as you will see from this clip.



It appeared that if you were not a Team Sky or Etizz Quick Stepp rider then you would not have much of a chance of winning a stage. Those two teams had the monopoly winner seven of the eight stages between them. Only Lotto Soudal broke the monotony courtesy of Andre Greipel. Welshman Owain Doull from Team Wiggins won the points classification jersey, Peter Williams took the mountain jersey for One Pro Cycling as well as the sprint jersey while Team Cannondale-Garmin were the winners of the team competition who had outgoing champion Dylan van Baarle in their ranks.

The route for the 2016 race is expected to be announced at some stage in March but there are rumours suggesting that it will take in Scotland once again.

Tour of Britain 2015 Stage Winners

  1. Elia Viviani (Team Sky)
  2. Petr Vakoc (Etixx Quick Stepp)
  3. Elia Viviani (Team Sky)
  4. Fernando Gaviria (Etixx Quick Step)
  5. Wout Poels (Team Sky)
  6. Matteo Trentin (Etixx Quick Stepp)
  7. Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal)
  8. Elia Viviani (Team Sky)

Final Standings

  1. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor/MTN-Qhubeka) 34hrs 52mins 52secs
  2. Wouter Poels (Ned/Team Sky) +13 secs
  3. Owain Doull (GB/Team Wiggins) +42secs
  4. Rasmus Guldhammer (Den/Cult Energy Pro Cycling) +43secs
  5. Zdenek Stybar (Cze/Etixx-Quick-Step) +51secs
  6. Ruben Fernandez (Spa/Movistar) same time
  7. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned/Team LottoNL-Jumbo)
  8. Dylan van Baarle (Ned/Cannondale-Garmin) +53secs
  9. Chris Anker Sorensen (Den/Tinkoff-Saxo) +59secs
  10. Xandro Meurisse (Bel/An Post – Chainreaction) +1:02


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Jay is the founder and editor of Palace fan site The Eagles Beak. He is also a regular guest on the EPL Roundtable podcast. Jay has been a Palace fan since the late eighties and is a current season ticket holder. A fan of too many other sports as well as a passion for music. Former athlete, footballer and attempted bobsledder.

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