Jonathan Tiernan Locke seals Tour of Britain victory, as Mark Cavendish wins final stage in Surrey
PUBLISHED: 14:18 18 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:52 20 February 2013
The first British winner of The Tour of Britain, since it's revival in 2004, Jonathan Tiernan Locke clinched the race leader's IG Gold Jersey following the final stage in Surrey on Sunday September 16, 2012.
Thefirst British winner of The Tour of Britain, since its revival in 2004, Jonathan Tiernan Locke clinched the race leaders IG Gold Jersey following the final stage in Surrey on Sunday September 16, 2012.
Tiernan Locke finished safely within the main field in Guildford to maintain his eighteen second advantage and become the first British winner of The Tour of Britain since Robert Millar took the 1989 Kelloggs Tour.
Meanwhile, Mark Cavendishmade up for Olympic disappointment bytaking the stage win in Guildford, his third of the 2012 Tour, sprinting to victory atop the cobbled High Street in front of ecstatic crowds.
The Tours first ever Surrey stage saw packed crowds across the 147-kilometre route heading into the Surrey Hills from Reigate.
Initial estimates suggested around 25,000 people watched the race begin in Reigate, where there was plenty of pre-race entertainment including a brief cameo on stage from EastEnders actor Shane Ritchie.
Revellers in Dorking had marked the expected appearance of Olympic hero Bradley Wiggins by bedecking the famous Dorking Cockerel with a spectacular pair of side burns. Wiggins, however,had unfortunately been forced to withdraw from the Tourthrough illness just days before.
Yet another highlight saw one casual Sunday cyclistbecome an unlikely star in Cranleighwhen he was metby the crowd's cheers as he pedalled towards the High Street in a bright yellow bib.
The Tour of Britain cycle race will return to Surrey next year after Surrey County Council signed up with Weybridge-based tour group SweetSpot to host a stage for the second year in a row next September.
Results in Brief
Stage Eight, Reigate to Guildford, 147.8km
1) Mark Cavendish, GBR, Team Sky, 3:33:05
2) Boy Van Poppel, NED, UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling, same time
3) Fabio Sabatini, ITA, Liquigas - Cannondale, same time
4) Russ Downing, GBR, Endura Racing, same time
5) Cesare Benedetti, ITA, Team NetApp, + 0.03