Cycling: French rider Alaphilippe wins Tour of Britain

Cycling: French rider Alaphilippe wins Tour of Britain

Julian Alaphilippe
French rider Julian Alaphilippe celebrates victory in the 2018 Tour of Britain. (AFP/Glyn KIRK)

LONDON: France's Julian Alaphilippe wrapped up overall victory in the Tour of Britain on Sunday (Sep 9) as Australia's Caleb Ewan won the final stage in London.

As expected, the 77-kilometre eighth and final stage finished in a bunch sprint, with Ewan winning ahead of Fernando Gaviria and Andre Greipel.

Alaphilippe protected his 17-second lead and completed victory ahead of Dutch rider Wout Poels and Slovenia's Primoz Roglic.

Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas was 36th and four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome was 85th after both played team roles.

"It was a pleasure to race here. I'd love to come back here in the future," said Froome, riding in his first Tour of Britain since 2009.

Both Froome, who won the Giro d'Italia in May, and Thomas will miss this month's road world championships in Austria.

The 32-year-old Thomas, who on Sunday signed a new three-year contract with Team Sky, said: "Physically and mentally I am not ready for it. I was suffering like a dog for an hour and a half (today)."

Source: AFP/de