London - Australian Caleb Ewan's superb burst of sprinting
saw him take the opening stage of the Tour of Britain in a photo finish on
The 23-year-old Orica-Scott rider just edged out Dimension
Data's Edvald Boasson Hagen on the line, with Team Sky's Elia Viviani in third
place in the 190-kilometre ride from the Scottish capital of Edinburgh to the
Border town of Kelso.
Mark Cavendish, competing for the first time since breaking
his shoulder blade in July's Tour de France, was seven-and-a-half-minutes
behind on the first day of the eight-stage race which concludes in the Welsh
capital of Cardiff a week on Sunday.
There was drama when Poland's Karol Domagalski, in a
breakaway group clear of the peloton, was knocked off his bike by a rival team
Fortunately, he was not seriously injured and Domagalski
even recovered sufficiently quickly to claim the sprinters' jersey at the end
of the stage.
Monday's second day features the longest stage of the tour,
a 210-kilometre journey across northeast England from Kielder Water to Blyth.