Saturday, September 12, 2009
Garmin-Slipstream keeps rolling! Sutton wins in Britain
Great Britain — Garmin-Slipstream’s hot streak continues. Following major victories at the Tour of Spain and the Tour of Missouri in the U.S., Chris Sutton won Saturday’s opening stage at the Tour of Britain. Sutton battled to victory in a bunch sprint at the finish, besting second-place Italian Michel Merlo to win the 172-kilometer race from Scunthorpe to York.
The 25-year-old Sutton said afterward it was the biggest win so far in his career, and he was happy to collect another major win for Garmin-Slipstream. In the past week, the team has won two stages at the Vuelta a España (Tyler Farrar and Ryder Hesjedal) plus a time trial stage at the Tour of Missouri (Dave Zabriskie).
Sutton’s win put him in the leader’s jersey; with Zabriskie also wearing the leader’s jersey at the Tour of Missouri, the team is currently leading two major events on either side of the Atlantic.
The Tour of Britain continues on Sunday with a 153.3-kilometer stage from Darlington to Newcastlegateshead.
TOUR OF BRITAIN
Stage 1: Scunthorpe-York
1. Chris Sutton (Aus), Garmin-Slipstream, 4:07:59
2. Michel Merlo (Ita), Barloworld, same time
3. Ben Swift (GB), Team Katusha, same time
4. Russell Downing (GB), Candi-TV-Marshalls Pasta, same time
5. Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel), Topsport Vlaanderen, same time