Cannondale's Elia Viviani is the first leader of the 2013 Tour of Britain, the 24-year-old Italian taking the win at Drumlanrig Castle in Scotland ahead of one of his compatriots who is at the other end of his career, Omega Pharma-Quick Step's Alessandro Petacchi.
On a narrow finishing straight to the 209.9km stage from Peebles, Viviani fought to keep his bike upright, with the road damp from earlier rain and fallen leaves not helping with the traction. Behind, other riders were less fortunate as a big crash brought down several men.
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Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.