Wout Van Aert wins the opening stage at Tour of Britain

Wout van Aert won a sprint finish in the opening stage of the Tour of Britain on Sunday to the take the lead in the general classification.

The Jumbo-Visma rider outsprinted Nils Eekhoff (DSM) in the final stretch of the 180km undulating stage from Penzance to Bodmin in Cornwall. Gonzalo Serrano (Movistar) finished third.

“It was a tough stage,” said Van Aert. “It was good for me to adapt to these kind of roads and to get used to them.

“Obviously, on the first day of a race everybody is still fresh so it was a big battle to be at the front for the sprint.”

Monday’s second stage sees the riders move into Devon for a 184km ride from Sherford to Exeter.

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