Hagen claims Tour of Britain win

Edvald Boasson Hagen became the first rider to win the Tour of Britain twice since its return to the professional cycling calendar in 2004.

The 28-year-old MTN-Qhubeka rider held a 13-second lead over Team Sky’s Wouter Poels going into Sunday’s 14-lap final stage around central London.

But Norwegian Boasson Hagen never looked like surrendering the lead.

Welshman Owain Doull, riding for Team Wiggins, was the highest placed British rider in third.

Team Sky’s Elia Viviani won the final stage for his third win of the race.

Andre Griepel appeared to have won but Viviani was given the win after a review of the finish by judges.

Stage eight result:

1. Elia Viviani (Ita/Team Sky) 1hr 50mins 16secs,

2. Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Esp/Movistar) same time

3. Matteo Trentin (Ita/Etixx-Quickstep)

4. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor/MTN-Qhubeka)

5. Jens Debusschere (Bel/Lotto-Soudal)

6. Sondre Holst Enger (Nor/IAM)

7. Mark Renshaw (Aus/Etixx-Quickstep)

8. Graham Briggs (GB/JLT Condor)

9. Ruben Zepuntke (Ger/Cannondale-Garmin)

10. Owain Doull (GB/Team Wiggins)

General classification:

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

Selected others:

18. Peter Kennaugh (GB/Team Sky) +2:51

24. Ian Stannard (GB/Team Sky) +38:36

87. Bradley Wiggins (GB/Team WIGGINS) +1.31:03

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/34239340

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