Tour of Britain: Dowsett grabs time trial victory, Boom extends race lead
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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Tour of Britain: Dowsett grabs time trial victory, Boom extends race lead

by Shane Stokes at 9:47 AM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Race Reports and Results, Tour of Britain
Dutchman now 36 seconds clear with one stage remaining

Alex DowsettRacing on home soil in the Tour of Britain, Sky Procycling’s Alex Dowsett sped to a superb time trial champion on today’s penultimate stage of the race. The national time trial champion blitzed the 8.8 kilometre London course to set a time of ten minutes 14 seconds, a mark rapid enough to beat race leader Lars Boom (Rabobank) by a full five seconds.

Boom, who won the prologue in both the Critérium du Dauphiné and the Tour of Qatar, extended his overall lead on his main rivals and looks almost certain to win the 2.1-ranked race this afternoon.

Many had tipped the double stage winner to make it three victories in the race against the clock, but Dowsett had more to give on the day and snagged the biggest success thus far of his career.

“Everything just clicked,” he smiled. “I recceed the course twice and even when I got up this morning I knew that my legs weren’t going to feel as bad as they had done the last few days. It’s been a hard tour for all of us, always trying to put Lars Boom on the back foot so we’ve been attacking all the time and it takes it out of you. Yesterday was a slightly easier stage, being flat and quite controlled gave my legs a chance to come round. Once I got going I knew my legs were good and I could do a good ride.”

That good ride was enough to be a winning one, something which pleases him greatly. “It’s amazing; it’s one of those things I would hopefully tell my children in years to come. It’s going to take a while to sink in. London has been pretty kind to me, it’s amazing.

“This means a lot to the team. Especially to be in London and pull off a stage win. We can leave this stage with our heads held high because we’ve thrown everything at Lars Boom. We’ve got a strong team here but hats off to the guy. He’s even taken us on himself at time without his team which shows what a rider he is and a true deserved winner of this Tour. We have all done pretty much everything we could to get one over on him.”

Boom’s strength in the race makes Dowsett’s win all the most rewarding for him. “Today has really shown that I can mix it with the top guys and onwards and upwards hopefully,” he said.

The early best was set by former Swedish national champion Alex Wetterhall (Endura Racing), who had targeted the stage. This stood for twenty minutes but was then beaten by a rapid ten minutes 19 second time by Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil). Dowsett finished 17 minutes after that and grabbed the hot seat by going five seconds faster.

Sky Procycling team-mate Steve Cummings was also on a flyer and went second fastest at the second time split. He had started the stage fifth overall, but leapfrogged Linus Gerdeman (Leopard), Daniel Lloyd (Team Garmin - Cervelo) and Leopold Koenig (Team NetApp) with his ten minute 23 second time, moving up to second in the general classification.

As race leader, Boom set off last and threatened Dowsett’s time when he was just one second slower at the intermediate split. However the Briton had covered the latter part of the course faster and ended up with a comfortable winning margin of five seconds.

It was a big achievement for the rider who notched up his first pro win in August’s Tour du Poitou-Charentes, and has now beaten some of the top names in the sport in the Tour of Britain.

Boom also has plenty to celebrate, holding a cool 36 second lead over Cummings heading into the concluding 88.8 kilometre circuit race. Jan Barta (NetApp) and Gerdemann are the only other riders within a minute of the race lead, but need to make up 56 and 57 seconds respectively; a practically impossible task.

Dowsett said that Sky Procycling will continue to race aggressively until the end. “This afternoon will go pretty much the same as every race. We’ll attack it. Mark Cavendish will be tough to beat on the sprint so we might have to work around that somehow.”


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Tour of Britain (2.1) Stage 8a Result: London time trial (8.8km)

  Click on the arrowsat the top of the column to sort the race results.
Country Result Name Team Time
gbr GBR 1 Alex Dowsett (Team Sky) 00:10:14
ned NED 2 Lars Boom (Rabobank) 00:00:05
ned NED 3 Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
gbr GBR 4 Steven Cummings (Team Sky) 00:00:09
gbr GBR 5 Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) 00:00:16
swe SWE 6 Alexander Wetterhal (Endura Racing) 00:00:19
aus AUS 7 Michael Rogers (Team Sky) s.t.
nor NOR 8 Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:00:23
fra FRA 9 Damien Gaudin (Europcar) 00:00:25
ned NED 10 Joost Posthuma (LEOPARD - TREK) 00:00:26
ned NED 11 Rick Flens (Rabobank) 00:00:27
esp ESP 12 Iker Camano Ortuzar (Endura Racing) s.t.
gbr GBR 13 Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad) 00:00:28
cze CZE 14 Jan Barta (Team Netapp) 00:00:29
den DEN 15 Lars Ytting Bak (HTC-Highroad) 00:00:30
ger GER 16 Linus Gerdemann (LEOPARD - TREK) 00:00:31
nzl NZL 17 Jack Bauer (Endura Racing) 00:00:32
gbr GBR 18 Jonathan Tiernan-lock (Rapha Condor Sharp) 00:00:36
cze CZE 19 Leopold Konig (Team Netapp) 00:00:38
aus AUS 20 William Clarke (LEOPARD - TREK) 00:00:43
aus AUS 21 Mathew Hayman (Team Sky) 00:00:44
bel BEL 22 Jelle Wallays (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) 00:00:45
ltu LTU 23 Gediminas Bagdonas (An Post-M. Donnelly-Grant Thornton - S...) 00:00:46
gbr GBR 24 Russel Hampton (Sigma Sport - Specialized ) 00:00:47
pol POL 25 Marcin Bialoblocki (Motorpoint - Marshalls Pasta) s.t.
irl IRL 26 Matthew Brammeier (HTC-Highroad) 00:00:49
aus AUS 27 Michael Matthews (Rabobank) s.t.
gbr GBR 28 Mark Mcnally (An Post-M. Donnelly-Grant Thornton - S...) 00:00:50
gbr GBR 29 Jonathan Mcevoy (Motorpoint - Marshalls Pasta) s.t.
est EST 30 René Mandri (Endura Racing) 00:00:51
ger GER 31 Dominik Klemme (LEOPARD - TREK) s.t.
gbr GBR 32 Andrew Fenn (An Post-M. Donnelly-Grant Thornton - S...) 00:00:52
bel BEL 33 Stijn Neirynck (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) 00:00:58
gbr GBR 34 Kristian House (Rapha Condor Sharp) s.t.
ned NED 35 Coen Vermeltfoort (Rabobank) 00:00:59
pol POL 36 Bartosz Huzarski (Team Netapp) 00:01:00
aus AUS 37 Zakkari Dempster (HTC-Highroad) s.t.
fra FRA 38 Alexandre Pichot (Europcar) s.t.
gbr GBR 39 Daniel Lloyd (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:01:01
nor NOR 40 Gabriel Rasch (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
bel BEL 41 Kenny De Ketele (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) s.t.
ned NED 42 Wouter Sybrandy (Sigma Sport - Specialized ) s.t.
gbr GBR 43 Simon Richardson (Sigma Sport - Specialized ) 00:01:02
NAM 44 Dan Craven (Rapha Condor Sharp) 00:01:03
fra FRA 45 Franck Bouyer (Europcar) 00:01:06
aus AUS 46 Rory Sutherland (UnitedHealthcare Presented By Maxxis) s.t.
ned NED 47 Boy Van Poppel (UnitedHealthcare Presented By Maxxis) s.t.
aus AUS 48 Mark Renshaw (HTC-Highroad) 00:01:08
gbr GBR 49 Ben Swift (Team Sky) 00:01:10
can CAN 50 Jamie Sparling (Team Raleigh) 00:01:11
gbr GBR 51 Andrew Tennant (Rapha Condor Sharp) s.t.
nzl NZL 52 Julian Dean (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:01:12
fra FRA 53 Anthony Charteau (Europcar) 00:01:14
ned NED 54 Bert-jan Lindeman (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
gbr GBR 55 Roger Hammond (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:01:15
ger GER 56 Robert Förster (UnitedHealthcare Presented By Maxxis) s.t.
bel BEL 57 Pieter Ghyllebert (An Post-M. Donnelly-Grant Thornton - S...) s.t.
aus AUS 58 Karl Menzies (UnitedHealthcare Presented By Maxxis) 00:01:16
gbr GBR 59 Peter Williams (Motorpoint - Marshalls Pasta) 00:01:17
ned NED 60 Bram Tankink (Rabobank) 00:01:19
sui SUI 61 Andreas Dietziker (Team Netapp) 00:01:20
irl IRL 62 Ronan Mclaughlin (An Post-M. Donnelly-Grant Thornton - S...) 00:01:21
fra FRA 63 Yohann Gene (Europcar) 00:01:22
ita ITA 64 Cesare Benedetti (Team Netapp) 00:01:23
gbr GBR 65 Steven Lampier (Sigma Sport - Specialized ) 00:01:24
aus AUS 66 Jonathan Clarke (UnitedHealthcare Presented By Maxxis) s.t.
usa USA 67 Chris Jones (UnitedHealthcare Presented By Maxxis) 00:01:26
fra FRA 68 Mathieu Claude (Europcar) 00:01:27
gbr GBR 69 Richard Handley (Team Raleigh) 00:01:28
irl IRL 70 Mark Cassidy (An Post-M. Donnelly-Grant Thornton - S...) 00:01:30
ita ITA 71 Giacomo Nizzolo (LEOPARD - TREK) s.t.
gbr GBR 72 Liam Holohan (Team Raleigh) 00:01:31
bel BEL 73 Preben Van Hecke (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) 00:01:33
aut AUT 74 Bernhard Eisel (HTC-Highroad) s.t.
gbr GBR 75 Tom Last (Sigma Sport - Specialized ) 00:01:36
gbr GBR 76 Tobyn Horton (Motorpoint - Marshalls Pasta) 00:01:43
fra FRA 77 Gael Le Bellec (Team Raleigh) 00:01:44
bel BEL 78 Stijn Joseph (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) s.t.
gbr GBR 79 James Sampson (Motorpoint - Marshalls Pasta) 00:01:45
gbr GBR 80 Thomas Murray (Sigma Sport - Specialized ) 00:01:47

General classification after stage 8a:

Country Result Name Team Time
ned NED 1 Lars Boom (Rabobank) 25:58:17
gbr GBR 2 Steven Cummings (Team Sky) 00:00:36
cze CZE 3 Jan Barta (Team Netapp) 00:00:56
ger GER 4 Linus Gerdemann (LEOPARD - TREK) 00:00:57
cze CZE 5 Leopold Konig (Team Netapp) 00:01:01
gbr GBR 6 Jonathan Tiernan-lock (Rapha Condor Sharp) 00:01:03
bel BEL 7 Jelle Wallays (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) 00:01:12
esp ESP 8 Iker Camano Ortuzar (Endura Racing) s.t.
ned NED 9 Joost Posthuma (LEOPARD - TREK) 00:01:13
gbr GBR 10 Daniel Lloyd (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:01:25
aus AUS 11 Michael Rogers (Team Sky) 00:01:30
gbr GBR 12 Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) 00:02:00
gbr GBR 13 Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad) 00:02:34
ned NED 14 Boy Van Poppel (UnitedHealthcare Presented By Maxxis) 00:02:52
gbr GBR 15 Andrew Fenn (An Post-M. Donnelly-Grant Thornton - S...) 00:02:58
ger GER 16 Dominik Klemme (LEOPARD - TREK) 00:03:02
ned NED 17 Bert-jan Lindeman (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:03:03
NAM 18 Dan Craven (Rapha Condor Sharp) 00:03:23
ned NED 19 Bram Tankink (Rabobank) 00:03:28
aus AUS 20 Rory Sutherland (UnitedHealthcare Presented By Maxxis) 00:03:37
aus AUS 21 Michael Matthews (Rabobank) 00:04:19
den DEN 22 Lars Ytting Bak (HTC-Highroad) 00:04:56
gbr GBR 23 Russel Hampton (Sigma Sport - Specialized ) 00:05:10
bel BEL 24 Stijn Neirynck (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) 00:05:19
aus AUS 25 Mathew Hayman (Team Sky) 00:06:41
gbr GBR 26 Alex Dowsett (Team Sky) 00:06:45
fra FRA 27 Anthony Charteau (Europcar) 00:08:21
nzl NZL 28 Jack Bauer (Endura Racing) 00:08:58
pol POL 29 Bartosz Huzarski (Team Netapp) 00:09:22
fra FRA 30 Alexandre Pichot (Europcar) 00:09:26
nzl NZL 31 Julian Dean (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:09:30
nor NOR 32 Gabriel Rasch (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:09:33
gbr GBR 33 Simon Richardson (Sigma Sport - Specialized ) 00:09:34
nor NOR 34 Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:09:49
ltu LTU 35 Gediminas Bagdonas (An Post-M. Donnelly-Grant Thornton - S...) 00:09:57
ned NED 36 Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:10:37
gbr GBR 37 Jonathan Mcevoy (Motorpoint - Marshalls Pasta) 00:10:46
gbr GBR 38 Kristian House (Rapha Condor Sharp) 00:10:48
aus AUS 39 Zakkari Dempster (HTC-Highroad) 00:11:07
est EST 40 René Mandri (Endura Racing) s.t.
pol POL 41 Marcin Bialoblocki (Motorpoint - Marshalls Pasta) 00:11:19
gbr GBR 42 Liam Holohan (Team Raleigh) 00:11:27
gbr GBR 43 Roger Hammond (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:01:28
fra FRA 44 Gael Le Bellec (Team Raleigh) 00:12:13
usa USA 45 Chris Jones (UnitedHealthcare Presented By Maxxis) 00:12:29
aut AUT 46 Bernhard Eisel (HTC-Highroad) 00:12:47
ita ITA 47 Giacomo Nizzolo (LEOPARD - TREK) 00:13:25
fra FRA 48 Franck Bouyer (Europcar) 00:13:55
ger GER 49 Robert Förster (UnitedHealthcare Presented By Maxxis) 00:13:59
gbr GBR 50 Andrew Tennant (Rapha Condor Sharp) 00:14:11
ned NED 51 Wouter Sybrandy (Sigma Sport - Specialized ) 00:14:20
gbr GBR 52 Richard Handley (Team Raleigh) 00:14:46
aus AUS 53 Karl Menzies (UnitedHealthcare Presented By Maxxis) 00:14:47
ita ITA 54 Cesare Benedetti (Team Netapp) 00:15:22
swe SWE 55 Alexander Wetterhal (Endura Racing) 00:15:36
bel BEL 56 Preben Van Hecke (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) 00:15:44
gbr GBR 57 Ben Swift (Team Sky) s.t.
irl IRL 58 Ronan Mclaughlin (An Post-M. Donnelly-Grant Thornton - S...) 00:15:59
bel BEL 59 Pieter Ghyllebert (An Post-M. Donnelly-Grant Thornton - S...) 00:16:02
fra FRA 60 Mathieu Claude (Europcar) 00:16:14
aus AUS 61 Mark Renshaw (HTC-Highroad) 00:16:27
bel BEL 62 Kenny De Ketele (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) 00:16:28
aus AUS 63 William Clarke (LEOPARD - TREK) 00:16:31
gbr GBR 64 Steven Lampier (Sigma Sport - Specialized ) 00:16:33
sui SUI 65 Andreas Dietziker (Team Netapp) 00:16:40
fra FRA 66 Yohann Gene (Europcar) 00:17:17
gbr GBR 67 Tom Last (Sigma Sport - Specialized ) 00:17:29
gbr GBR 68 Peter Williams (Motorpoint - Marshalls Pasta) 00:17:30
gbr GBR 69 James Sampson (Motorpoint - Marshalls Pasta) 00:17:38
irl IRL 70 Matthew Brammeier (HTC-Highroad) 00:18:03
can CAN 71 Jamie Sparling (Team Raleigh) 00:18:17
gbr GBR 72 Mark Mcnally (An Post-M. Donnelly-Grant Thornton - S...) 00:18:19
gbr GBR 73 Tobyn Horton (Motorpoint - Marshalls Pasta) 00:20:58
gbr GBR 74 Thomas Murray (Sigma Sport - Specialized ) 00:21:12
fra FRA 75 Damien Gaudin (Europcar) 00:21:19
bel BEL 76 Stijn Joseph (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) 00:25:26
irl IRL 77 Mark Cassidy (An Post-M. Donnelly-Grant Thornton - S...) 00:29:47
ned NED 78 Rick Flens (Rabobank) 00:33:18
ned NED 79 Coen Vermeltfoort (Rabobank) 00:33:25
aus AUS 80 Jonathan Clarke (UnitedHealthcare Presented By Maxxis) 00:36:37

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