Live Coverage of Tour of Britain - Stage 8

Race overview:

Distance: 100km

Start Location: London

End Location: London

 Hello and welcome to stage 8 of the Tour of Britain 2016. The final stage consists if 16 laps of a flat 6.2km city centre circuit in central London.

Live commentary by Sam Dansie

  1. 16:59:44 BST

    Congratulation to Stephen Cummings on a fine ToB victory. He's been second twice so he puts that straight and Dimension Data defend the title they won last year with Edvald Boasson Hagen. 



  2. 16:51:13 BST

    And here's the top 10 on GC:

    1 Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data 29:21:21
    2 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:26
    3 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:00:38
    4 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal 0:01:02
    5 Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac 0:01:21
    6 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky 0:01:26
    7 Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:01:48
    8 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky 0:01:52
    9 Julien Vermote (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:02:12
    10 Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:02:32


  3. 16:48:20 BST

    Here's the stage top 10:

    1 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange 2:09:24
    2 Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
    3 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal
    4 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
    5 Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky
    6 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal
    7 Daniel Mclay (GBr) Fortuneo - Vital Concept
    8 Steele Von Hoff (Aus) ONE Pro Cycling
    9 Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF
    10 Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF


  4. 16:44:00 BST

    It's job done for Stephen Cummings who confirms his GC victory. 



  5. 16:43:15 BST

    Lotto Soudal tried a sleight of hand there by letting the gap go in the technical section but Ewan easily came passed Debusschere as he started to tire. The young Aussie's got the acceleration of a Scalextric car. 


  6. 16:40:15 BST

    Groenewegen was second I think.  


  7. 16:39:53 BST

    and gets it. 



  8. 16:39:44 BST

    Ewan launches 


  9. 16:39:30 BST

    Debusschere is in the final strasight solo


  10. 16:39:10 BST

    Greipel and Ewan are also in contention. 


  11. 16:38:43 BST

    Richeze, Debusschere, Viviani and Groenewegen are all well placed as they come to the technical finale.  


  12. 16:37:42 BST

    Stannard drops away and Swift comes to the front. they're looking after Viviani of course. 


  13. 16:37:05 BST

    Nope, actually Sky come to the front now. Stannard gives it one last haul. 


  14. 16:35:43 BST

    Etixx Quick Step will take this into the technical finale as Tony Martin just powers on. 


  15. 16:34:52 BST

    Goncalves is caught. 


  16. 16:33:41 BST

    the Caja Rural rider is Goncalves says race radio. 


  17. 16:32:57 BST

    A Caja Rural rider gives it full gas and cuts a corner on the peloton and gets a gap as they hit the final lap. Less than 6km to go. 


  18. 16:31:50 BST

    Now One Pro Cycling come and lead the peloton with Steele Von Hoff in mind. 


  19. 16:30:18 BST

    And that gap's closed. we're all together now. 


  20. 16:29:57 BST

    As the gap is closed Tom Stewart has one last effort in him and he has 20m over the bunch. 

  21. 16:28:24 BST

    And Alex Dowsett  bridges the gap in seconds and teams up with Phinney and Stewart. 


  22. 16:27:51 BST

    The gap creeps up slightly as the peloton check their chase for now. Too soon? 


  23. 16:26:40 BST

    Etixx are in control of this now with the five man team right at the front. 


  24. 16:26:11 BST

    Phinney rests his forearms on the bars, trying to get aero


  25. 16:25:29 BST

    Former yellow jersey Julien Vermote  (Etixx) leads the peloton.


  26. 16:24:55 BST

    The gap is down to just six seconds and Phinney grimaces as they come up over the line.  


  27. 16:23:59 BST

    And Phinney pushes hard and only Tom Stewart can follow. Cullaigh is dropped. 


  28. 16:23:24 BST

    Now Etixx come to the front. The Argentinian Max Richeze is their man for the sprint. 


  29. 16:18:03 BST

    And we've got just three laps to go and less than an 18 second gap. This'll come down to a bunch sprint.



  30. 16:15:46 BST

    At the front of the peloton, Johann Van Zyl does the pulling and they're down to 20 seconds behind the three leaders. 


  31. 16:12:11 BST

    Tom Stewart is really pressing on in some of these curvy corners.  


  32. 16:10:44 BST

    Orica send Amets Txurraka to the front. Not often you'll see a Basque climber doing this kind of donkey work.  


  33. 16:08:51 BST

    Bovenhuis has been dropped by the leaders.  He'll be happy with his week's work though. 


  34. 16:08:12 BST

    The gap is now being slowly reduced . It's at 38 seconds with 26km of racing.  As LottoNL's Paul Maertens drives the pace in the peloton.   


  35. 15:57:47 BST

    The peloton is strung out and the gap has dropped to 42 seconds.


  36. 15:56:39 BST

    when the race does finally hit the last lap, there's a crucial 90-degree right hander where, if it's a bunch kick, the best spot will be third or fourth wheel. 


  37. 15:54:55 BST

    LottoNL have contributed two men to the chase. 

  38. 15:50:55 BST

    Back in the break Phinney is still doing big turns to keep the pace high. 


  39. 15:47:39 BST

    There's an exclusive interview with Mark Cavendish as he builds up for the Worlds in Doha. He's confident he'll be going with the strongest team in the race. You can read the story here


  40. 15:36:46 BST

    Bovenhuis just leads the attack through the line at tempo. 


  41. 15:32:09 BST

    Bovenhuis and Phinney have a word at the back of the front group. 


  42. 15:29:52 BST

    James Shaw, Lotto-Soudal's young British trainee comes to the front. Orica and LottoNL may send men up too shortly if the break hits a minute. 


  43. 15:27:54 BST

    The gap has just gone out again to almost a minute, with nine laps remaining. 


  44. 15:25:14 BST

    In the break, Phinney is doing the longest, hardest turns


  45. 15:20:15 BST

    The gap to the leaders is now at 43 seconds, which is good going. 


  46. 15:15:52 BST

    Cummings looks comfortable fourth in line in the Di Data train. Cavendish is in the sweeper role. 


  47. 15:14:38 BST

    Di Data's Jay Thompson is plugging away at the front of the peloton. He's been one of the key men for Di Data this week. 


  48. 15:11:53 BST

    Dimension Data are in charge of the peloton as they bring the group through the finish. 


  49. 15:10:41 BST

    On the Whitehall leg of the route, the leaders can give the peloton a wave on the other side of the road. 


  50. 15:05:35 BST

    Daniel B also spoke to Sky's Elia Viviani who won here last year in slightly controversial circumstances, when Greipel was relegated for blocking him in the sprint. 

    "I have good memories from last year and the win in London," said the Olympic omniuim champ. "I’ve waited all week for this stage and I’m ready to try. We need to see how my legs are and I can go for the stage win.

    "It’s really hard to come here after training that I did at home. This is a hard race but I really needed this intense week. If we win today that’s the best way to end the week but the big goal is next month and the Worlds."


  51. 15:02:56 BST

    Bovenhuis gets his points and the sprints jersey is his. 



  52. 15:01:58 BST

    When the riders come through the line, only 12 laps remain.  


  53. 15:00:58 BST

    The points jersey is still an open competition. Rohan Dennis leads it after a first and second on yesterday's split stage, but he only has a six point gap to Dumoulin, and more dangerously still, Dylan Groenwegen. The LottoNL sprinter is only eight points back. If Dennis doesn't score any points, Groenewegen only needs to finish sixth or higher.  


  54. 14:56:09 BST

    The Great Britain Gabriel Cullaigh just comes through for his turn on the front. The promising British youngsters won a stage of the Course de la Paix last year and was third at Kattekoers, the espoirs's version of Gent-Wevelgem this spring. 


  55. 14:52:31 BST

    And so with AN Post taking the intermediate sprints jersey and Wanty taking the KoM, it's been tough for the British domestic teams.


  56. 14:51:39 BST

    Worth noting that six of the 11 WorldTour teams have got a stage win and Dimension Data are looking good for the overall.  


  57. 14:50:03 BST

    Orica-Bike Exchange put a man up to the front to keep the gap manageable. It's been a sparse tour for them. They were close to victory on stage 1 and 5, but are still seeking the breakthrough with Caleb Ewan. 


  58. 14:46:21 BST

    the lead has settled at 30 seconds now. 


  59. 14:45:58 BST

    London basks in glorious sunshine. It goes without saying, there are huge crowds out to see the race. 


  60. 14:44:04 BST

    CN's Daniel Benson had a word with Dimension Data's Mark Cavendish this morning. Here's what the Manxman had to say:

    "After Steve [Cummings's]  form it’s been great to be here after the Tour de France," he said. "It’s a big goal for us and we’ve fought for it. We’ve not won any stages but we’re looking forward to keeping the yellow jersey."

    "I didn’t race here last year but it looked good on TV. I was getting shoulder surgery. I’ve been sick the last couple of days, actually, and had a stomach infection. If it wasn’t for the fact that this was the Tour of Britain and we were riding on home road I would have gone home."


  61. 14:40:51 BST

    Phinney doesn't seem to be feeling the effects of yesterday's crash on the wet roads in the Bristol time trial as he comes to the front.


  62. 14:39:31 BST

    The gap is staying stubbornly low and so Bovenhuis is doing big turns. 


  63. 14:37:46 BST

    Bovenhui, will be happy with this: he just needs to get one of the intermediate sprints and the jersey is beyond reach of Greipel, who hasn't shown that much interest in it really. Better safe than sorry, is the Dutchman's motto, perhaps. 


  64. 14:34:45 BST

    Bovenhuis, Tom Stewart, Phinney and Gabriel Cullaigh are the four escapees and they're getting a gap. 


  65. 14:32:09 BST

    Taylor Phinney (BMC) leads a four man group away


  66. 14:31:13 BST

    We're underway and there's no neutral zone and a Madison-Genesis rider attacks straight away  


  67. 14:30:15 BST

    And out jersey leaders filter to the front of the peloton: Stephen Cummings in yellow, Rohan Dennis in the points, jersey, Xandro Meurisse in the KoM jersey and Jasper Bovenhuis in the Sprints jersey ,    


  68. 14:25:20 BST

    The riders are filling to the line. It's been a long old week for many with tough weather, tough roads and tough competition putting many on the limit. Just five minutes to go. 


  69. 14:23:41 BST

    The start and finish is on Regent Street which rises gently towards line. The course consists of three out-and-back spurs that converge at Trafalgar Square. The first spur heads up regent street, the second along The Strand and the third down Whitehall, before returning to the start/finish.


  70. 14:16:39 BST

    The riders have been signing on since the team arrived in London about 90 minutes ago and the race will get underway in around 15 minutes.


  71. 14:16:17 BST

     It’s the fourth year in a row that London has hosted the finale of the race, though the circuit has changed in that time. However this year’s circuit is the same as last year.

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