Alaphilippe wins 2018 Tour of Britain as Ewan takes final stage

Julian Alaphilippe wins Tour of Britain 2018

Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) wrapped up overall victory in the Tour of Britain on Sunday as Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) won the final stage in London.

As expected, the 77-kilometre eighth and final stage finished in a bunch sprint, with Ewan winning ahead of Fernando Gaviria and Jasper De Buyst.

Alaphilippe protected his 17-second lead and completed victory ahead of Wout Poels (Team Sky) and Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo).

“It’s always a nice feeling to win a race, especially the overall. This season has been fantastic so far and I’m happy to add one more success to my palmares, a victory which wouldn’t have been possible without my teammates’ fantastic support. I am proud of them and I want to say a big thank you for their help and the way they protected me throughout the week”, said Alaphilippe after the second GC win of his career.

Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas was 36th and Chris Froome was 85th after both played team roles.

“It was a pleasure to race here. I’d love to come back here in the future,” said Froome, riding in his first Tour of Britain since 2009. Both Froome and Thomas will miss this month’s road world championships in Austria.

“Physically and mentally I am not ready for it. I was suffering like a dog for an hour and a half (today).”, said Thomas.

Tour of Britain 2018 – stage 8 results (London – London):

1Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott)


2Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors)


3Jasper De Buyst (Lotto Soudal)


4Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)


5Ethan Hayter (Great Britain)


6Dion Smith (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)


7Jean-Pierre Drucker (BMC)


8Nils Eekhoff (Team Sunweb)


9Paolo Simion (Bardiani-CSF)


10Patrick Bevin (BMC)



Final general classification:

1Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors)


2Wout Poels (Team Sky)


3Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo)


4Patrick Bevin (BMC)


5Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)


6Jasha Sütterlin (Movistar)


7Neilson Powless (LottoNL-Jumbo)


8Dmitry Strakhov (Katusha-Alpecin)


9Christopher Hamilton (Team Sunweb)


10Pascal Eenkhoorn (LottoNL-Jumbo)



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