Ben Swift scored his first professional win in today's 7th stage of the Tour of Britian, and became the first Brit to win a stage of their home tour for two years. In the process he denied race leader Edvald Boasson Hagen what would have been his fifth straight stage victory.
The Norwegian race leader had to settle for third place behind Swift's Katusha team mate Filippo Pozzato, but he did manage to stretch his lead in the overall competition to 23 seconds over the Dutch rider Rai Kreus (Rabobank).
Top 20 Tour of Britain Stage 20
1) Ben Swift (Team Katusha) 3:52:19 2) Filippo Pozzato (Team Katusha) 3) Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Columbia - HTC) 4) Mauro Finetto (CSF Group - Navigare) 5) Alan Marangoni (CSF Group - Navigare) 6) Geraint Thomas (Barloworld) 7) Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank ) 8) Christopher Sutton (Garmin - Slipstream) 9) Kristof Vandewalle (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) 10) Huub Duyn (Garmin - Slipstream) 11) Michal Golas (Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team) 12) Martin Reimer (Cervelo Test Team) 13) Simon Clarke (ISD-Neri) 14) Dan Craven (Rapha Condor) 15) Brice Feillu (Agritubel) 16) Russell Downing (Candi TV- Pinarello RT) 17) Nicolas Roche (AG2R La Mondiale) 18) Carlo Scognamiglio (Barloworld) 19) Graham Briggs (Candi TV- Pinarello RT) 20) Aitor Galdos (Euskaltel - Euskadi)
Top 10 on General Classification after Stage 7
1) Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Columbia - HTC) 26:09:32 2) Kai Reus (Rabobank) 0:00:23 3) Martin Reimer (Cervelo Test Team) 0:00:25 4) Christopher Sutton (Garmin - Slipstream) 0:00:28 5) Russell Downing (Candi TV- Pinarello RT) 0:00:37 6) Geraint Thomas ( Barloworld) 0:00:40 7) Geoffroy Lequatre (Agritubel) 0:00:43 8) Simon Clarke (ISD-Neri) 0:00:44 9) Reinier Honig (Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team) 0:00:46 10) Kristian House (Rapha Condor)
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