Nick Nuyens takes advantage of some slick tactical work by his Quick Step team-mates to win the open
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Nick Nuyens won today’s first stage of the Tour of Britain, from Glasgow to Castle Douglas, beating Michael Blaudzun (CSC) and Jeremy Hunt (MrBookmaker.com) in the sprint at the end of the 185km run south.
“There was a strong side wind, so we decided to make our move a long way from the finish,” explained Nuyens, who took what is just his second win of the season after Het Volk.
Quick Step’s move led to a 31-man breakaway starting. As well as Nuyens, the Belgian team’s Davide Bramati, Michael Rogers and Wilfried Cretskens were involved.
“Bramati and Cretskens were brilliant at keeping the pace during the flat sections and then Rogers made things difficult for our opponents during the uphill section more or less 10 kilometres from the finish line,” said Nuyens. “I knew the final sprint would be perfect for me as it was slightly uphill. Michael helped me launch myself and put me in the perfect position to win. I hope this is just the start of a lucky period for me just like this time last year. I must admit, I’d love to take part in the World Championships to help Tom Boonen.”