Belgian Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) won the 1st stage of the Tour of Britain, which took place Sunday from Penzance to Bodmin (180.8 km) on the back roads of Cornwall.
Julian Alaphilippe started 250 meters from the finish line, slightly uphill. The Frenchman was overwhelmed by the Belgian champion who won by beating the Dutchman Nils Eekhoff (DSM) and the Spaniard Gonzalo Serrano (Movistar). This is his 9th victory of the season.
The British event offers a terrain full of hills during the week until the finish next Sunday in Aberdeen, Scotland. Wout Van Aert and Julian Alaphilippe, wearer of the rainbow jersey, are preparing there for the World Championship which will take place on September 26, in Leuven (Belgium).
On Monday, the second stage will go from Sherford to Exeter (184 km).