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Tour of Britain 2014, Stage 8: Wiggins wins time trial,  Kittel the circuit race, and Van Baarle the Tour

14th September 2014

Stage 8 of the Tour of Britain was split in two, with a short (8.8km) time trial this morning, then an 8 lap race on a central London circuit this afternoon.

Wiggins won the time trial, in a time of 9min50.71. Chavanel was second, +8s, and Cummings third, +9s. Kwiatkowski lost 16s to Wiggins, and Van Baarle 24s, which left Van Baarle still in the overall lead, 10s ahead of Kwiatkowski, and 22s ahead of Wiggins in third place.

In the circuit race, there was a series of early attacks for the London spectators, basking in September sunshine, to admire. Eventually a group of five got a gap - Steve Cummings (BMC), Mark McNally (An Post), Christopher Latham (GB), Jan Barta (NetApp Endura), and Liam Holohan (Madison Genesis).

The last of the breakaway riders were reeled in on the last lap, and the peloton whipped up the pace.

The last time along Victoria Embankment, there were two trains, one of Giant Shimano for Kittel, and the other of OPQ for Cavendish. Renshaw led out the sprint, and Kittel and Cav went for the line, with Cavendish appearing to get slightly in front of the German momentarily, before Kittel edged ahead again for the win.

Van Baarle wins the Tour of Britain.

This is a link to the results. of the morning's time trial, and this link is for the afternoon circuit race.

See also our Stage 1 report; stage 2 report; stage 3 report; stage 4 report; stage 5 report; stage 6 report; stage 7 report.

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