95 riders from some of the world's top teams rolled out of Glasgow, for the third edition of this Tour of Britain, on a repeat of last years stage, on a 101 mile slog to the town of Castle Douglas.
Like last year there was an early break which at one point gained over 14 minutes on the pursuing bunch. The three early attackers (Martin Pedersen, Luis Pasamontes and Mathew Goss) defied all logic on the windy, open roads, and managed to stay away until the finish, which was easily won by Pedersen, giving him the yellow jersey with a margin of 2 min 36 seconds. In a similar fashion, last years race was decided by an early breakaway which gained over 20 minutes and which effectively sealed the overall for Nick Nuyens of QuickStep.
Given the facts, many pundits were left incredulous that a bunch containing such cycling stars as Tom Boonen and Axel Merckx did not learn a lesson from last year and organise a chase. Although Pedersen's lead does not guarantee him victory in London in five days time, the report from the respective directeur sportifs to their lacklustre riders will surely be, 'Must try harder next time.' The Scottish roads were clearly too much for T-Mobile's Andreas Kloden who climbed off after 75 miles!!1. Martin Pedersen - Team CSC
2. Luis Pasamontes - Unibet.com
3. Mathew Goss - South Australian
4. Francesco Chicchi - QuickStep
5. Fillipo Pozzato - QuickStep