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Tour kicks off
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

September 13, 2009: Sutton takes Tour of Britain opener, says the official Tour of Britain press release. It goes on with: "Massive crowds in York saw Chris Sutton take victory in the opening stage of The Tour of Britain, pulling on the race’s first yellow jersey as won a high-speed bunch sprint on Malton Road to hold off the challenge of Michele Merlo and Ben Swift. Sutton’s victory came after hard work from his Garmin – Slipstream team to reel in a 156-kilometre break from two riders, who had escaped not long after the start in Scunthorpe. Speaking afterwards the Australian described his win as “one of the highlights of my career”, going on to claim that he could win “three or four” stages of the race, but that the overall remained “a big ask”. Big crowds and sunny skies greeted the 100 riders as they arrived in Scunthorpe for the opening stage of the 2009 Tour of Britain. Thousands lined the roadside throughout the town and out into the countryside as the riders rolled out of town for a loop of the North Lincolnshire countryside."

Don't forget that there's a one hour summary of each day's stage on ITV4 at 7pm. Hatherleigh got a mention twice last night (though they are still calling us 'a village.').



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