2006 Tour of Britain

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The Tour of Britain 2006 took place in Great Britain from 29 August to 3 September 2006. A UCI category 2.1 event, the tour consisted of six stages covering a distance of 870.5 km (540.9 mi), starting in Glasgow and finishing in The Mall, London.

Stages[edit]

Stage 1[edit]

29 August: Glasgow to Castle Douglas, 162.6 km (101.0 mi)

The stage was dominated by an early breakaway of three riders who were never caught, finishing 2½ minutes ahead of the peloton.

Cyclist Nationality Team Time
1 Martin Pedersen  Denmark Team CSC 4h 03'38"
2 Luis Pasamontes  Spain Unibet.com s.t"
3 Matthew Goss  Australia South Australia.com-AIS s.t"

Stage 2[edit]

30 August: Blackpool to Liverpool, 163 km (101 mi)

The stage ended in a mass sprint. During the race, Goss won enough time bonuses in the sprints to take the overall lead from Pedersen.

Cyclist Nationality Team Time
1 Roger Hammond  United Kingdom Team Great Britain 3h 54'15"
2 Aart Vierhouten  Netherlands Skil-Shimano s.t"
3 Russell Downing  United Kingdom DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed s.t"

Stage 3[edit]

31 August: Bradford to Sheffield, 180 km (110 mi)

The stage was dominated by a crosswind. Pedersen's teammates split the peloton and ensured his return to the lead, but could not manage to catch Filippo Pozzato, who escaped from the lead group near the finish.

Cyclist Nationality Team Time
1 Filippo Pozzato  Italy Quick Step-Innergetic 4h 28'18"
2 Michael Rogers  Australia T-Mobile Team 32"
3 Nick Nuyens  Belgium Quick Step-Innergetic 32"

Stage 4[edit]

1 September: Wolverhampton to Birmingham, 130.3 km (81.0 mi)

Another stage where a group escaped early on, and the peloton was unsuccessful in catching them again. Manning was leading as the race reached the final roundabout but he was sent the wrong way and lost the stage.

Cyclist Nationality Team Time
1 Frederik Willems  Belgium Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen 2h 54'12"
2 Mark Cavendish  United Kingdom T-Mobile Team 2"
3 Paul Manning  United Kingdom Landbouwkrediet-Colnago 6"

Stage 5[edit]

2 September: Rochester to Canterbury, 152.6 km (94.8 mi)

The riders went on strike, after being led astray by race officials. Their main complaint was poor security. The riders eventually resumed the race, and the stage ended in a mass sprint.

Cyclist Nationality Team Time
1 Francesco Chicchi  Italy Quick Step-Innergetic 4h 24'42"
2 Mark Cavendish  United Kingdom T-Mobile Team s.t"
3 Aart Vierhouten  Netherlands Skil-Shimano s.t"

Stage 6[edit]

3 September: Greenwich to The Mall, 82 km (51 mi) (38 km (24 mi), plus 20 laps of 2.2 km (1.4 mi))

There was a number of breakaways on the final stage, but all were eliminated, and the stage ended in a mass sprint.

Cyclist Nationality Team Time
1 Tom Boonen  Belgium Quick Step-Innergetic 2h 00'41"
2 Roger Hammond  United Kingdom Team Great Britain s.t"
3 Mark Cavendish  United Kingdom T-Mobile Team s.t"

Final classifications[edit]

General classification[edit]

Name Nationality Team Time
1 Martin Pedersen  Denmark Team CSC 21h 51'24"
2 Luis Pasamontes  Spain Unibet.com + 51"
3 Filippo Pozzato  Italy Quick Step-Innergetic + 2'11"
4 Nick Nuyens  Belgium Quick Step-Innergetic + 2'46"
5 Michael Rogers  Australia T-Mobile Team + s.t.
6 Iljo Keisse  Belgium Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen + 3'06"
7 Johann Tschopp   Switzerland Phonak iShares + 3'07"
8 Andy Schleck  Luxembourg Team CSC + 3'14"
9 Russell Downing  United Kingdom DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed + 3'16"
10 Maarten Tjallingii  Netherlands Skil-Shimano + 3'18"

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