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Wed Apr 23 08:41:47 SAST 2014

Tiernan-Locke delivers home Tour of Britain win

Sapa-AFP | 17 September, 2012 10:120 Comments
Tour of Britain - Stage Eight
Jonathan Tiernan-Locke of Great Britain celebrates his victory during the final stage of the Tour of Britain on September 16, 2012 in Guildford, England
Image by: Scott Heavey / Getty Images

British cyclist Jonathan Tiernan-Locke became the first home rider in 19 years to win the Tour of Britain on Sunday.

The 27-year-old started the final stage 18 seconds ahead of Austrian Nathan Haas and 23 in front of Italian Damiano Caruso.

And Tiernan-Locke secured victory after finishing in the main bunch behind compatriot and world champion Mark Cavendish who took his third stage win in Guildford, south of London, on Sunday.

British duo Peter Williams and Kristian House won the sprint and king of the mountains jerseys respectively.

“It’s fantastic,” Tiernan-Locke told the BBC. “It has not really sunk in yet. It was a tough day, a lot tougher than we thought. So I feel relief more than anything.” 

Cavendish, roared on by thousands of fans, added: “It was my last day in the (world champion’s) rainbow jersey and I wanted to finish it off in style,” he said.

“It was absolutely incredible. The amount of people out on the road has been like the Olympic Games.

“I thought I’d been forgotten about and everyone was about sideburns now,” he added, in a reference to Team Sky colleague Bradley Wiggins, the Tour de France and Olympic champion.

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