Tour of Britain 2013 Results: Stage 1 Recap and Reaction

Christopher AtkinsContributor ISeptember 16, 2013

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 28:  Elia Viviani of Italy riding for Liquigas-Cannondale finishes second and celebrates his defense of the points leader's jersey in the 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge from Golden to Denver on August 28, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The Tour of Britain 2013 got underway on Sunday with a 201-kilometre stage winding through the Scottish borders before a sprint finish to the end. Italian Cannondale rider Elia Viviani won the first stage.

Home favourite Mark Cavendish found himself trapped heading into the closing section of the stage and, having been among the favourites for victory, could only claim 12th place.

British Olympic gold medalist Sir Bradley Wiggins finished further back in 37th, a result which leaves him nine seconds off the lead in the overall standings.

The end of the race was marred by a nasty crash that saw several riders embroiled as they approached the finish line. With the crash occurring within the last 3 kilometres of the stage, though, none of those involved will lose any time for their troubles, per BBC Sport.

Wiggins' Team Sky and the Omega Pharma-QuickStep team had controlled the speed of the peloton for long sections of the race and allowed a group of five riders to form an early breakaway.

However, as those riders were reeled in, it was Frenchman Anthony Delaplace who went on a solo breakaway, opening up a 1:32 lead over the field.

Delaplace was unable to maintain that advantage, but his speed had changed the dynamic of the pack with Garmin and Cannondale riders now to the fore.

In the end, it was Cannondale's Viviani who took advantage, positioning himself well to avoid trouble on the sprint home to claim victory at Drumlanrig Castle.

The opening stage changes little in terms of riders' chances of overall tour victory, with seven days of the tour remaining. Sprint specialist Cavendish, meanwhile, will be disappointed not to have added to his seven previous stage victories in the Tour of Britain.

With Monday set to challenge riders with a steep climb that should favour Colombian specialist Nairo Quintana, per Hamza Mohamed of The Guardian, it may be only after Tuesday's individual time trial near Liverpool that the overall classification will begin to take shape.

Full Stage 1 results can be found on the Tour of Britain website.