Final KM: Stage 8 OVO Energy Tour of Britain, GP Cycliste de Montreal

We wrap up the Tour of Britain and have a look at the action in Montreal.

Tour of Britain Stage 8: Worcester to Cardiff, 180.2km

With the top ten on GC separated by just 28secs there was everything to play for going into the last stage. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) clawed back 6secs on the intermediate sprints and attacked solo on the wet Cardiff streert to claim stage victory, but didn’t get the gap he needed to snatch the overall title. That went to LottoNL-Jumbo’s Lars Boom by 8secs from Boasson Hagen with BMC’s Stefan Kung in third. Lotto-NL Jumbo were also the best team, finishing with three riders in the top 10. Alexander Kristoff  (Katusha-Alpecin) took the points jersey, Lukasz Oswain (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) reclaimed the KOM on this last stage, and Sky’s Geraint Thomas was the best British Rider.

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King of the Mountains and an appearance from a familiar face on the podium….

Cardiff celebrates one of their own. It was good to see Geraint back on his bike. His prize for best British rider was his own weight in Adnams beer – hopefully he was more Paris Roubaix weight than Tour de France.

My not-so-dark-horse for the World Championships – EDDY BOS

Full report at Cycling News

Race Website  Race Twitter #OVOToB

 

GP Cycliste de Montreal

A strong 6 man move went away in the closing kilometres. As co-operation in the chase group of favourites disintegrated, Diego Ulissi (UAE-Emirates) chased down Lotto-Soudal’s Tony Gallopin on the uphill drag to take his first WorldTour win of the season. Movistar’s Jesus Herrada and Tom-Jelte Slagter (Cannondale Drapac)  finished second and third respectively. Greg van Avermaet (BMC led the chasers over 16secs later.

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Top 10

Stepping up to top step of the podium after third place in 2016. You don’t bet against Ulissi on this type of finish

Two riders finished their professional racing career on the streets of Montreal. I’m sure we’ll write more about them, but we wish both Manuel Quinziato (BMC) and Tyler Farrar (Dimension Data) so much luck for their new adventure.

Full report at Cycling News

Race Website  Race Twitter #GPCQM

Header image: GP Quebec podium  © LC/Tim De Waele/Corbis via Getty Images

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