The German rider from the Team Lotto-Soudal wins with an incredible sprint.
The Scottish city Glasgow hosted the start of the opening stage of the Tour of Britain. Five riders managed to set up the breakaway of the day after six kilometres. They had a stable gap of almost three minutes. With ten kilometres to go, the sprint teams caught the escapees. It were Lotto Soudal and Trek-Segafredo that set a high pace in the peloton. André Greipel finished off the teamwork and won the sprint in Castle Douglas ahead of Ewan and Sinkeldam. The German champion is also the first leader of the general classification. Jens Debusschere finished tenth in the sprint.
André Greipel: “Based on the profile, today’s stage was the easiest one of the week. There were five riders in the breakaway, but they weren’t a threat. For us it was important to be in the front of the peloton in the finale. We managed to set up a perfect lead-out: Gallopin and De Buyst prepared us for the sprint while Sieberg and Debusschere gave everything they had in the last kilometre. With five hundred metres to go there was a sharp curve and we had to be in front by then. What followed was a slightly uphill finish. Everyone did a perfect job which is very important when you race with small teams. “