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Martin 89th as Greipel wins in Blackpool

Posted 11 September 2010

Dan Martin (Garmin Transitions) finished in the main bunch on stage one of the Tour of Britain as Andre Greipel overcame a puncture in the final eight kilometres to win the sprint finish on Blackpool Promenade.

The rain soaked stage through England’s Northwest was dominated by a three man break comprising Richie Porte (Saxo Bank), Wout Poels (Vacansoleil) and Jack Bauer (Endura Racing).

The trio escaped on the day’s first King of the Mountains climb of Deerplay Moor after 24.5 kilometres. An attempt by Irish national champion Matt Brammeier (An Post Sean Kelly) to bridge across came up short as their lead stretched to 4’56” across the Lancashire Fells.

Bauer was tailed off by his breakaway companions on the climb of Trough of Bowland before Porte attacked Poels with 25 kilometres to go. The Australian opened a 45 second gap but his lead was short-lived as the peloton pulled him back within five kilometres leaving him to settle for the Honda Combativity Award.

The HTC-Columbia team did a fantastic job to pull Greipel back into contention when he punctured and he had teammates Mark Renshaw and Tony Martin to thank for returning him to the front of the race with just enough time to contest the sprint.

The German repaid their efforts on the finishing straight to take the stage and race leader’s jersey ahead of Manuel Belletti (Colnago CSF Inox) and Greg Henderson (Team Sky).

Martin finished safely in the bunch in 89th place while Mark McNally (An Post Sean Kelly) was the best placed Irish rider finishing 19th. All of the Irish riders dropped additional time after the stage time bonuses were applied.

Stage two starts and finishes in Stoke-on-Trent with the 160.8 kilometre route tackling the climbs of Ramshorn, Hollinsclough Moor and Gun Hill.

Results:

2010 Tour of Britain

Stage 1: Rochdale - Blackpool, 132.6 kilometres

1. André Greipel (Ger) Team HTC-Columbia 3:16:48  
2 .Manuel Belletti (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox    
3. Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
4. Alex Rasmussen (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
5. Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team    
6. Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano    
7. Gianlucia Brambilla (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox    
8. Edward Clancy (GBr) Motorpoint-Marshalls Pasta    
9. Russell Downing (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
10. Michael Van Stayen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen

89. Dan Martin (Irl) Garmin Transitions - same time

An Post Sean Kelly Team:

19. Mark McNally (An Post Sean Kelly) at 3 seconds
22. Philip Lavery (An Post Sean Kelly)
42. Pieter Ghyllebert (An Post Sean Kelly)
60. Ronan McLoughlin (An Post Sean Kelly)
85. Mark Cassidy (An Post Sean Kelly)
96. Matt Brammeier (An Post Sean Kelly) all same time

General classification after stage 1:

1. André Greipel (Ger) Team HTC-Columbia 3:16:36  
2. Manuel Belletti (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox 0:00:06  
3. Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team 0:00:08  
4. Russell Downing (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
5. Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 0:00:09  
6. Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team 0:00:11  
7. Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
8. Alex Rasmussen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:00:12  
9. Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano    
10. Gianlucia Brambilla (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox

89. Dan Martin (Irl) Garmin Transitions at 15 seconds

An Post Sean Kelly Team:

22. Mark McNally (An Post Sean Kelly) at a15 seconds
25. Philip Lavery (An Post Sean Kelly)
44. Pieter Ghyllebert (An Post Sean Kelly)
62. Ronan McLoughlin (An Post Sean Kelly)
85. Mark Cassidy (An Post Sean Kelly)
96. Matt Brammeier (An Post Sean Kelly) all same time

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