The final chapter of this year’s Tour of Britain saw the remaining 105 riders face an 8.8km time trial followed by a 10-lap circuit race along the same course.
With a bunch finish expected in the circuit race it was the time trial that would largely determine the final standings. Matthieu Boulo 10m 40s put him in 39th place, which meant he slipped one place in the GC to 19th.
Later in the afternoon the team worked well to position Ian Wilkinson for the final sprint. Up against some of the world’s best sprinters, Marcel Kittel and Mark Cavendish, Wilko pulled a stunning result out the bag to finish in sixth place.
The final standings for Raleigh after the toughest Tour of Britain in recent memory are as follows:
- 19th Mattheiu Boulo @ 2m 13
- 35th Mark Christian @ 9m 15
- 49th Morgan Kneisky @ 19m 33
- 79th George Atkins @ 46m 29
- 93rd Yanto Barker @ 1h 03m 10
- 98th Ian Wilkinson @ 1h 11m 15