Wout van Aert won the first stage of the Tour of Britain, triumphing after being the fastest in an uphill sprint finish in Bodmin. Vas Aert took the overall race lead and the first Points jersey of the 8-day stage race. It was Van Aert’s first race after his break and already his ninth road victory of the season.

Wout van Aert:

“It was a tough day with roads going uphill and downhill. The final was narrow and difficult. Pascal Eenkhoorn, after a tough battle to be in front, dropped me off well in the last kilometre. It’s nice to finish off the good work of the team with this win. I expected Alaphilippe to ride the final like he did, so it was important to stay close to him. I didn’t hesitate to jump on his wheel. Once I was there, it was all about the right timing. It gives me morale to start like this. Tomorrow is a harder stage with a flat finish that suits me a little less, but I’m looking forward to the rest of the week.”

“The team time-trial is obviously a really important event here for the reputation the team has in time trials. It will be important for the GC as well and I think on stage four we have the queen stage with a super hard finish so I’m definitely focussing on that one, and then afterwards we’ll see where my position is in the GC before the last four stages.”