Team Sky’s Lars Petter Nordhaug comes out on top
After a fantastic weekend of cycling, even if the weather was extremely varied, it was team sky who came out on top. Stage 1 started in Bridlington and took in 174 km to the finish line in Scarborough, with Nordhaug coming out on top ahead of Thomas Voeckler in a time of 4hrs and 22 minutes. 2012 Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins, 35, ended in 96th place.
Saturday’s 174km second stage of the inaugural race run from Selby to York, this had Mareno Hofland, the Dutchman winning by a bike length to earn a first win of the season for his Lotto-Jumbo team.
Sunday’s final stage was won by BMC’s Ben Hermans who claimed a great solo win after
a challenging 167km, which included six climbs from Wakefield to Leeds. The Yorkshire scenery for television viewers was absolutely mind blowing and a real treat for spectators. Thousands of fans lined the route and got a glimpse of the British Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins, who finished in the peloton, five minutes behind the winner.
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