Tour of Britain #1: Dlamini the mountain king

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Nicholas Dlamini secured the King of Mountains jersey following a strong day in the 6-man breakaway on stage one of the Ovo Energy Tour of Britain.

The 174.8km stage did come down to the predicted sprint in the end which saw Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) take the stage with Caleb Ewan (Mitchleton-Scott) second and Fernando Gaviria (Quickstep-Floors) in third.

Scott Thwaites finished 15th in Newport with Mark Renshaw, Jaco Venter, Jay Thomson and Scott Davies all finishing safely in the main group. After his earlier effort, Dlamini finished 3 minutes 55 seconds further back.

Earlier on in the day, a number of moves tested the peloton, with Jay Thomson involved but it was the move at just 5km wtih Dlamini and riders from JLT Condor, Canyon Eisberg, Madison Genesis and Wiggins that stuck.

Dlamini mirrored what he’d done at the Tour Down Under at the start of the year as he took the maximum points on offer at Bethlehem Hill and Defynnog all but securing himself in the jersey. They were caught ahead of the final climb up Belmont Hill and finished ahead of Thomas Moses and Julian Alaphilippe.

Monday’s stage is over 174.9km from Cranbrook to Barnstaple.

Nicholas Dlamini – Rider

Our strategy was just to be active today and target the stage. So we’re taking it day by day and it was good to be in the breakaway and I was feeling good; winning the King of the Mountains and testing the legs. There’s still a long week ahead and it’s also good preparations for the World Championships in three weeks time so I’m really happy.