Stage win­ner: Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-scott

Ed­in­burgh > Kelso, 190.1km

Cycling Weekly - - Feature -

STAGE 1

The first stage of the 14th edi­tion of the mod­ern race be­gan in the Scot­tish cap­i­tal of Ed­in­burgh, be­fore ven­tur­ing south, keep­ing the east coast in range and then loop­ing through the Scot­tish bor­ders.

A break of eight rid­ers, in­clud­ing Gorka Iza­girre (Mo­vis­tar) and Mark Mcnally (Wanty-groupe Gobert), formed, but cross­winds meant that BMC Rac­ing at­tempted to force a split in the pelo­ton with 63km re­main­ing, dras­ti­cally re­duc­ing the break’s lead.

There were a few at­tacks in the last hour of the race, but all proved fruit­less, with the many sprint teams work­ing to­gether to en­sure a sprint in Kelso.

Orica-scott, work­ing for Caleb Ewan, led the pack in the fi­nal few hun­dred me­tres and their work was re­warded, with Ewan given the win in a photo fin­ish along­side Ed­vald Boas­son Ha­gen, Di­men­sion Data’s des­ig­nated choice, Alexander Kristoff (Ka­tusha-alpecin) and Elia Vi­viani (Team Sky). Race leader: Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-scott

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