Holland’s Lars Boom held his nerve to win the Tour of Britain in the final stage in London on Sunday.
Boom, riding for the Rabobank team, landed the general classification title, while Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad) won the final stage and Steve Cummings (Team Sky) finished in second place overall.
Boom took second place in stage 8a, the individual time trial, and then held his position in the circuit race, stage 8b, where Cavendish’s powerful sprint saw him cross the line first.
Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas secured the points jersey, while Cavendish’s performance, as he finished runner-up to his fellow British rider, delighted HTC-Highroad sport director Allan Peiper.
“The crowds were great, it was a spectacular finish for Cav in his home country, as well as for the team to finish a long tour on a high note,” Peiper said.
Cummings was pleased to secure overall second place in the race on the final day.
“It’s a good result,” he said. “Obviously with it being our home race it would be good if we could have won.
“We didn’t really have a lot of good luck throughout the race. I crashed, Geraint (Thomas) crashed and then we came up against a really strong rider in Lars Boom on that terrain. But overall it’s pretty good.”
LONDON, Sept 18, 2011 (AFP) – Results from Sunday’s eighth and final stage of the Tour of Britain in London: