Tour win for Tiernan-Locke
September 16, 2012 18:49 pm
Jonathan Tiernan-Locke has won the Tour of Britain to become the first home rider in 19 years to win the event.
Tiernan-Locke entered the final stage 18 seconds ahead of Austrian Nathan Haas and 23 seconds ahead of Italian Damiano Caruso.
And the Brit ensured victory after finishing in the main bunch behind Mark Cavendish who claimed his third stage win in Guildford.
British pair Peter Williams and Kristian House won the sprint and king of the mountains jerseys.
Williams won the stage's three intermediate sprints to pick up nine points and finish on 45, almost double the amount of the second-placed rider, his Node 4 Giordana team-mate Marcin Bialoblocki.
Tiernan-Locke, who will also compete for Britain in Limburg, Holland, deserved his spot in the limelight after emulating the home success last achieved by Chris Lillywhite in 1993.
The 27-year-old told BBC Sport: "It's fantastic. It has not really sunk in yet. It was a tough day, a lot tougher than we thought. So I feel relief more than anything."
Cavendish was roared to victory by thousands of fans on the sprint to the line in Surrey.
"It was my last day in the (world champion's) rainbow jersey and I wanted to finish it off in style," he said. "It was absolutely incredible. The amount of people out on the road has been like the Olympic Games.
"I thought I'd been forgotten about and everyone was about sideburns now."
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