Mark Cavendish beat Italy’s Elia Viviani who won the penultimate
stage of the Tour of Britain on Saturday.
The British national champion just did enough to hold off the
fast-finishing Viviani in Guildford, south of London, in a 155km stage that
started Saturday at Epsom racecourse.
Britain’s Bradley Wiggins, the 2012 Olympic and Tour de France champion,
finished in the pack to retain his overall lead heading into Sunday’s final
stage in London.
Wiggins, seeking a first victory in his home tour, is 26 seconds ahead of
Swiss rider Martin Elmiger, with Britain’s Simon Yates third, 66 seconds back,
following his victory on Dartmoor on Friday.
Cavendish won in Guildford last year but said the experience almost proved
more of a hindrance than a help on Saturday.
“I just mis-timed it a little bit,” the Isle of Man rider told ITV4.
“I was maybe over-confident. I remembered last year kicking out on the
cobbles and I thought I’d do the same but maybe I didn’t get it right.
“I saw (Viviani) coming and just moved across to put him on the rough part
of the road.
“The second kick really takes so much out of me so we’ll have to see about
tomorrow (Sunday)”, Cavendish added.
Results from the seventh stage of the Tour of Britain,
a 150.4km ride from Epsom to Guildford on Saturday:
1. Mark Cavendish (GBR) Omega Pharma Quick-Step 3hrs 46mins 57secs,
2. Elia Viviani (ITA) Cannondale Pro Cycling same time,
3. Gerald Ciolek (GER) MTN Qhubeka s.t.,
4. Blaz Jarc (SLO) Team Netapp Endura s.t.,
5. Jacob Rathe (USA) Garmin Sharp s.t.,
6. Matteo Pelucchi (ITA) IAM Cycling s.t.,
7. Chris Opie (GBR) Team UK Youth s.t.,
8. Martin Elmiger (SUI) IAM Cycling s.t.,
9. Alessandro Bazzana (IIA) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling s.t.,
10. Sam Bennett (IRL) AN Post Chain Reaction s.t.
1. Bradley Wiggins (GBR) Sky Pro Cycling 27hrs 57mins 59secs,
2. Martin Elmiger (SUI) IAM Cycling at 26sec,
3. Simon Yates (GBR) Great Britain at 1min 06secs,
4. David Lopez (ESP) Sky Pro Cycling 1.08,
5. Sergio Pardilla (ESP) MTN Qhubeka 1.16