Nordhaug wins Tour de Yorkshire

Norwegian Lars Petter Nordhaug clinched the overall victory for Team Sky in the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire.

The 30-year-old finished safely to take the win by 11 seconds from Samuel Sanchez and Thomas Voeckler.

The final stage was won by BMC’s Ben Hermans who claimed a great solo win after a demanding 167km, which included six climbs from Wakefield to Leeds.

Nordhaug, who became Team Sky’s leader after Ben Swift crashed out, was sixth over the line on Sunday.

Sanchez attacked 37.5km from the end but Nordhaug responded to pip the Spaniard to the single remaining bonus second in the final intermediate sprint and crossed the line on Sanchez’s wheel to seal his Tour win.

Thousands of fans lined the route, as they had done the previous two days, and glimpsed British Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins, who finished in the peloton, five minutes behind the winner.

The top British rider overall was Erick Rowsell, younger brother of Olympic champion Joanne, who came eighth, 1min 21secs behind winner Nordhaug.

Final standings

Lars Petter Nordhaug

(Nor/Team Sky) 12hrs 47mins 56secs

Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez

(Sp/BMC Racing) +11secs

Thomas Voeckler

(Fra/Europcar) same time

Stephane Rossetto

(Fra/Cofidis) +13secs

Philip Deignan

(Ire/Team Sky) +24secs

Ben Hermans

(Ger/BMC) + 1min 5secs

Greg Van Avermaet

(Bel/BMC Racing) + 1min 15secs

Erick Rowsell

(GB/ Madison Genesis) + 1min 21secs

Huub Duijn

(Ned/ROJ) + 1min 27secs

Richard Handley

(GB/JLT Condor) same time

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